Should I Get a VA Benefits Attorney?
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a number of benefits to military veterans and their families. However, understanding the various VA benefits programs and their eligibility requirements can be challenging. It can be even more challenging to secure the benefits to which you are entitled.
As a result, while you certainly have the option of trying to file for benefits on your own, most people will benefit greatly from hiring an experienced VA benefits attorney.
7 Ways a VA Benefits Attorney Can Help You
There are several ways an experienced VA benefits attorney can help you. Some of the most important ways include:
1. Determining Which VA Benefits Are Available to You
The VA offers several benefits programs to eligible military veterans and military families. Understanding which types of benefits are available to you isn’t easy, but it is extremely important.
Utilizing the benefits that the federal government affords to military veterans and family members can save you a significant amount of money. If you need medical treatment, filing for VA disability benefits can be essential for ensuring that you get the care you need.
2. Filing Your VA Benefits Application(s)
Once you identify the VA benefits for which you are eligible, you need to file an application. In your application, you must include all required information. You must also be very careful to avoid inadvertently submitting any information that might be characterized as false or misleading. Omitting required information and submitting inaccurate information can delay the application process – and it can lead to denial of benefits in some cases.
3. Dealing with VA Benefits Denials and Appeals
Speaking of denials, these do happen. In fact, they happen all the time. If you have not yet filed for benefits, hiring an experienced VA benefits attorney can help reduce your risk of facing a denial.
If you have already filed for VA benefits and your application has been denied, you should discuss your situation with an attorney promptly. It is possible to appeal VA benefit denials in many cases. However, deadlines may apply, and your attorney will need time to evaluate both (i) why the VA denied your application and (ii) what information you need to submit in order to file a successful appeal.
4. Helping You Avoid Early Termination of VA Benefits
Many U.S. military veterans have their VA disability benefits terminated prematurely. The VA can terminate these benefits for a variety of reasons, and it often does so unexpectedly.
In addition to helping you secure benefits, your attorney can also explain what you need to do in order to keep receiving them as well as address any issues that may lead to a premature denial of benefits.
5. Determining If You Qualify for Other Types of Benefits
If you are unable to work due to an injury or illness, if you are struggling to pay your bills, or if you are trying to buy your first home, filing for VA benefits might not be your only option. There are various other state and federal benefit programs that provide benefits to both veterans and non-veterans.
In addition to evaluating your eligibility for VA benefits, your attorney can also determine your eligibility and help you apply for other types of benefits.
6. Helping You Secure Your Family’s Financial Future
For many military veterans and spouses, filing for VA benefits is just a first step toward securing their family’s financial future. Beyond helping you file for benefits, an experienced VA benefits attorney will also be able to provide you with advice and resources to help you on the path toward financial stability.
An attorney may also be able to help you secure financial resources through other means as well. For example, if a doctor has provided substandard medical care or if you have suffered a product-related injury in the military or in civilian life, you may be able to bring a claim for compensation.
7. Providing Representation at No Out-of-Pocket Cost
Finally, a VA benefits attorney can provide representation at no upfront cost to you. The VA reimburses attorneys’ fees in certain cases.
Additionally, VA benefits attorneys provide representation on a contingency-fee basis. You can get started with a free, no-obligation consultation, and then you can decide how to move forward based on the options you have available.
Contact a VA Benefits Attorney in Orlando Today
Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter is committed to helping our nation’s heroes get the benefits they deserve for the sacrifices they made. Our attorneys recognize the struggles vets often face when they apply to the VA for benefits. We make it our mission to ensure no one gets left behind, aiding you and your family with all aspects of the application process and maximizing your benefits and other compensation.
For a free consultation, please call (407) 712-7300 to speak to an experienced VA benefits attorney. Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter serves veterans throughout Florida, including Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and other areas.