Austin Veterans' Benefits & Disability
Veterans’ Disability Lawyers Serving Austin, Waco and Surrounding Areas
Veterans Administration (VA) disability rules can be difficult to understand. And trying to navigate the veterans’ benefits appeals process on your own can be frustrating. If you are a disabled vet having trouble obtaining the disability benefits you deserve, the Texas veterans’ benefits attorneys at The Bob Richardson Law Firm can help.
We assist veterans whose claims have been rejected or who have had their disability rating denied. Our clients include veterans of recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
For a free evaluation of your claim, call The Bob Richardson Law Firm toll free at 800-880-5100 or use our online contact form. Our Texas veteran’s benefits lawyers represent veterans and disabled vets who have been denied benefits in Austin, Waco, Round Rock, Georgetown, Killeen, Temple and surrounding Texas communities.
Who Can Collect Veterans’ Disability Benefits?
Veterans may collect tax-free disability compensation for injuries or diseases acquired while on active duty. Vets also may be entitled to disability benefits if military service made a pre-existing disease or injury worse. A successful claim requires gathering medical evidence and military service records.
Our Texas Veterans’ Benefits Lawyers Can Help
A number of veterans’ benefits are available. Our Texas veterans’ benefits attorneys assist disabled veterans in claims for:
- Disability compensation
- Individual unemployability claims
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) —also known as shell shock or combat neurosis
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Toxic chemical exposure such as Agent Orange or nerve gas.
At The Bob Richardson Law Firm, you pay no attorney fees up front. You pay us only if we obtain cash benefits for you. As a vet, you have served our nation. We are honored to serve you.
Veterans of the military, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, are entitled to disability compensation for service-connected injuries or illnesses acquired while on active duty or for pre-existing injuries or diseases aggravated by military service.
Certain veterans are eligible for disability compensation based on the presumption that their disability is related to their military service. For example, all veterans who develop Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, after leaving the military may be eligible for VA disability compensation. Gulf War veterans may receive disability compensation for chronic disabilities resulting from undiagnosed illnesses or chronic multi-symptom illness.
After determining that a veteran’s disability is service-connected, the VA assigns a disabled vet a disability rating based on the level of the disability. Veterans with multiple disabilities receive a composite rating. The amount of benefits depends on the severity of the disability. The monthly disability compensation for veterans ranges from $123 for veterans with a 10 percent disability rating to $2,673 for veterans with a 100 percent disability rating.
Should I get a veteran’s disability lawyer to help me with my initial veteran’s disability benefits application?
In the initial application process, disabled vets and their families typically are represented by veterans’ service organizations or VSOs. These service organizations have trained personnel who will help with your claim free of charge. Some VSOs are recognized by the VA Secretary for purposes of preparation and presentation of claims. Non-recognized organizations can give you information, but cannot represent you before the VA. Generally speaking, veteran’s disability attorneys do not represent clients in the initial application stage because by law no attorney fees may be charged for the initial application. You can find a directory of veteran’s service organizations here: http://www1.va.gov/vso/
The complexity of the individual VA disability claim affects the length of the review. But as a general rule, it takes about six months or longer for a disabled veteran to receive a decision on his or her veteran’s disability claim. The number of applications for VA benefits has increased significantly in recent years with thousands of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and the complexity of the injuries and disabilities suffered by veterans in those theaters has increased.
Appeals take longer. In 2008, the VA took on average 776 days to process appeals of disability benefits for veterans.
I receive veteran’s benefits, but would like to appeal my veteran’s disability rating because I feel it doesn’t recognize the severity of my disability. How long will it take to appeal?
According to the Veterans Administration, appeals take about 25 months to complete. The time it takes to conclude appeals and decide benefits for veterans is getting longer because of the complexity of the injuries that many returning veterans have and the increasing number of veterans.
Veterans with disability ratings of 30 percent or greater are eligible for additional VA disability allowances for dependents, including spouses, minor children, children up to age 23 who are attending school and dependent parents.
Disabled vets who are unable to maintain gainful employment as a result of service-connected physical or mental disabilities may receive 100 percent disability compensation as a veteran’s benefit. Individual Unemployability is a way for disabled veterans to increase their VA disability compensation. To qualify, disabled veterans must have one service-connected disability with a 60 percent disability rating or two or more disabilities that total 70 percent. The VA defines gainful employment as work at which non-disabled individuals earn their livelihood with earnings comparable to the particular occupation.
Contact Our Experienced Texas Disabled Veterans’ Benefits Attorneys
Since it was founded in 1990, The Bob Richardson Law Firm has represented thousands of veterans’ disability clients. Let us put our experience to work for you.
For a free evaluation of your claim, contact our Texas veterans’ benefits attorneys toll free at 800-880-5100 or use our online contact form. Our VA benefits attorneys represent veterans and disabled vets who have been denied benefits in Austin, Waco, Round Rock, Georgetown, Killeen, Temple. We also handle veteran’s benefits and veteran’s disability claims for veterans in Cedar Park, Lakeway, Taylor and Belton. Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.