Many veterans don’t know where to begin when trying to get Veterans Disability Benefits. One of the most common questions veterans ask our law firm is ‘what do I have to do to get Veterans Disability Benefits?
Read below to learn more about how to get Veterans Disability Benefits. If you have more questions, you can always call and talk to our law firm for free. There is never a charge for VA Disability Benefits claim evaluations. For help, please fill out the online contact form or call toll-free (866) 232-5777.
Start by gathering all your medical and service records.
To get Veterans Disability Benefits you are going to have to show the Veterans Administration that you are disabled through evidence. Even though the Veterans Administration has a “duty to assist” veterans, they often fail. Get all the medical evidence you can that proves you actually have the medical conditions you are applying for.
Try to get all your service records. You may be able to service-connect some medical conditions because of where you were stationed. For example, if you can show boots on the ground in Vietnam, it means you were exposed to Agent Orange. Therefore, you may be able to service-connect your illnesses to Agent Orange exposure.
Compile your work history if you wish to obtain TDIU Benefits.
Veterans that wish to obtain Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) Benefits are going to have to show they cannot obtain or keep meaningful employment. Get your old employment records. You can even get statements from your past and present employers about how your disabilities affected your job. There are two situations in which veterans can get TDIU Benefits:
You can’t work at all. If you cannot work at all because of your service-connected disabilities, you may be eligible for TDIU Benefits. These benefits are not handouts, they were earned when you served our country.
You have accommodations at work. If you have accommodations at work, you might be eligible for TDIU Benefits. If your service-connected disabilities prevent you from sitting or standing too long, it may affect your job. Many veterans with PTSD miss days of work because they are dealing with their own mental health issues. There are a wide range of ways to link your service-connected disabilities to your accommodations at work.
Continue treating with your medical professionals.
If you have mental and physical conditions continue treating with your doctor. Your medical records need to tell the Veterans Administration a story about how you are disabled and why you deserve Veterans Disability Benefits.
The notes and diagnosis your doctors make can be used as evidence to obtain Veterans Disability Benefits. If you have private doctors outside the Veterans Administration, get those medical records as well.
Start applying for Veterans Disability Benefits.
Once you have all the evidence you need to apply, being filing your application. If you need assistance with applying, Woods & Woods Veterans Disability Benefits Lawyers can help. There is never a fee for help with your Veterans Disability Benefits application. You can ask our staff all the questions you have about applying. We are here to help veterans get the Veterans Disability Benefits they deserve.
What do I have to do to get Veterans Disability Benefits?
Start by talking with a law firm. You should know what your legal options are before you begin the Veterans Disability Benefits process. Veterans Disability Benefits claim evaluations are always free from Woods & Woods. We will examine what benefits you might be eligible for and see if we can help.