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Las Vegas VA Disability Lawyers

If you are a veteran with a service-connected disability in the Las Vegas area or elsewhere in Nevada, you might be ready to file a claim for veterans’ benefits. But this is not always an easy process. 

For a variety of reasons that we’ll cover below, the VA rejects about one-third of the veterans’ benefits claims that it receives. If this has happened to you, or if you need help putting together your initial claim package for veterans’ benefits and making a supplemental claim, Stone Rose Law firm can help. 

Our Las Vegas VA disability attorneys have decades of experience and have helped thousands of veterans receive all the financial benefits they deserve from the federal government. We provide free support for initial disability claims and supplemental claims. We also handle VA- denied claims appeals on a contingency fee basis.

Call (480) 498-8998 today to receive a free consultation with an experienced Nevada VA disability lawyer.

VA Disability Ratings

Although it may seem confusing that the VA could assign a zero percent VA disability rating to you, there is a reason why this rating exists. Even though a zero percent disability does not qualify for monthly VA disability compensation, it can still make you eligible to receive other valuable VA benefits including medical benefits, mental health counseling, and even VA home loan eligibility.

How the VA calculates your disability rating is a complex topic. Several factors go into determining your rating, including whether, like most Nevada veterans who file VA benefit claims, you have multiple disabilities. 

The VA calculates your combined disability rating using a formula that is informally known as, “VA math.” Meaning, your combined disability rating is not simply a sum of your individual disability ratings but comes out to something less than that. Our VA Disability Calculator can help you estimate how much you may receive in monthly disability payments if you have multiple disabilities.

How much you can receive in VA disability benefits depends on your specific circumstances. You can use our VA Disability Calculator to get an estimate of what your disability benefit amounts can be.

One of our Stone Rose VA lawyers can help you prove the extent and degree of your disability to achieve the amount of disability compensation that you need.

VA Disability Benefits You Can Receive 

If the VA approves your disability benefits claim, then depending on the nature and extent of your disabilities—most military veterans who have service-connected disabilities have more than one—you could qualify for the following kinds of VA assistance.

Monthly Disability Compensation for 2024

These are payments the VA makes directly to you. How much you can receive in monthly benefits will depend on your combined disability rating. The higher your disability rating, the more you can receive.

Monthly Disability Compensation Amounts for Nevada Veterans

Next, the VA matches your disability to a benefit amount that is based on the rates for the current year. 

For 2024, the disability rating compensation for an individual veteran is as follows:

  • 10-percent disability: $171.23
  • 20-percent disability: $338.49
  • 30-percent disability: $524.31
  • 40-percent disability: $755.28
  • 50-percent disability: $1,075.16
  • 60-percent disability: $1361.88
  • 70-percent disability: $1,716.28
  • 80-percent disability: $1995.01
  • 90-percent disability: $2241.91
  • 100-percent disability: $3737.85

These monthly payments increase for disabled veterans with dependents. 

Spousal and Dependent Benefits 

If you have a spouse, dependent children, or one or both parents who depend on you to take care of them, then you can receive additional compensation benefits for them in Special Monthly Compensation for any aid and attendance services they perform.

Survivor Benefits

In some situations, your dependents can continue to receive monthly payment VA benefits after you pass on. These benefits include coverage of burial costs and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC benefits) for your surviving family members.

Special Circumstance Benefits 

There are many kinds of special VA veteran benefits you might be eligible for. For example:

  • Depending on your individual needs, you may be able to receive additional VA benefits like compensation if you cannot find or keep substantially gainful employment, or compensation for costs if you need hospital or convalescent care.
  • In other cases, the VA can provide allowances for transportation and clothing. 

A veterans’ disability attorney, like one of our Las Vegas veterans lawyers at Stone Rose Law, can help you to know which benefits might apply to you.

Healthcare Treatment Benefits 

The VA supports veterans with more than compensation amounts. 

As we mentioned above, even if your disability rating is 0 percent, you can still receive other veterans’ health services the VA offers through the VA healthcare system.

How to File a VA Disability Claim in Las Vegas

The VA offers several ways for Nevada disabled veterans to file for VA disability claims benefits. 

The easiest way is to file online,but you can also submit an application to your local VA Regional Benefit Office by mail, fax, or in person. 

No matter how you submit your benefits claim to the VA, to receive disability compensation you must prove three things: that you qualify as an eligible veteran, that you have a current disability, and that this current disability has a connection to your military service.

Who Is an Eligible Veteran?

The VA decides whether you are an eligible veteran by considering multiple factors. The main things the VA will look at are your dates of active duty service to make sure they fall within a recognized time period, along with your military records like your DD-214.

Most of the time, this proof of service is all you need. However, there are a few automatic disqualifiers. For example, if you received a dishonorable discharge, or in some cases an other-than-honorable discharge, these can keep you from receiving disability benefits if you cannot resolve them favorably.

What Is a Disability?

A disability is a current physical or mental illness or impairment that your active duty military service either caused or made worse.

VA benefits are meant to compensate you to the extent that your service-connected disability renders you less than 100 percent able-bodied today. Usually, the best way to show a disability is to provide medical records showing your ongoing treatment for it.

What Is a Service Connection?

Proving a service connection is a key requirement to qualify for disability compensation. Your current disability symptoms must be connected to one or more disabling events that happened to you while you were a military service member. 

Proving a service connection to your disability is something that the VA will determine on a case-by-case basis. Your service medical records will be part of the claims evidence the VA will consider, along with any records of post-service medical treatment you have received. 

Although some medical conditions do not require you to prove a connection to military service—these are known as presumed disabilities—most require you to prove a service connection.

The VA rejects many veterans’ disability claims because they lack sufficient evidence to create a service connection. One of our Las Vegas VA disability attorneys at Stone Rose Law can help you gather all the documents and other forms of support you need to clear this potential obstacle to your benefits claim application process. 

Other Ways to Satisfy the Service Connection Requirement

Below are some specific kinds of medical conditions that the VA will consider in addition to disabilities that arose directly because of a service-connected disabling event.

Latent Conditions

A latent condition is a medical condition that you have when you enter military service, but which has not yet become disabling. If your latent condition worsens after you leave the service, then the VA will consider whether something happened to you while serving to aggravate it. 

If that is the case, then you may still qualify for disability benefits even though your service activity was not the original cause of your condition.

Secondary Source Conditions

Another way you can receive a service-connected disability is if it comes from a different disability that is service-connected. 

For example, your doctor might diagnose you as having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after leaving the service based on a traumatic event you experienced while in service. If your PTSD treatment includes drugs that have a side effect of contributing to significant weight gain, this additional weight could ultimately lead to you being diagnosed later on with Type 2 Diabetes. 

In this case, although your diabetic condition arose after your discharge and is not itself a symptom of PTSD, you could still be able to trace a secondary service connection by showing that the PTSD treatment caused your diabetes.

Non-Service-Connected Disabling Events

Another factor the VA will evaluate is if your disability is related to your military service. If your injury, illness, or disabling condition comes from doing something that has nothing to do with a service-connected condition, this can lead to a VA denial of your claim. 

For example, if you are injured during the commission of a crime, or your injury is the result of untreated substance abuse behavior, these are acts that the VA will conclude have no connection with your military service.

Prepare Your Initial Benefits Claim with a Stone Rose Law VA Disability Lawyer

At Stone Rose Law, our Las Vegas VA disability lawyers use a systematic approach to your specific VA claim. After consultation with an accredited VA disability benefits attorney, and with your permission, our attorneys will obtain a copy of your VA claims file. Because our attorneys have access to the same systems the VA uses to maintain claims files, we can get your claims file very quickly.

After accessing your claims file, we do a thorough and comprehensive review of everything contained in it. That means we review all your service treatment records, your VA records, any previous claims for benefits, and any rating decisions. We meticulously scour the record looking for:

  • Any improper denials.
  • Any instances of under-rating.
  • Any claims the VA may have missed.
  • Any potential new claims.
  • Any issues ripe for appeal.

After reviewing your file and creating a plan for your initial claim, we will then discuss with you our findings and recommendations.

If this is your first time applying for VA benefits, then we will assist you at no cost in preparing and filing a claim. We will monitor your claim, assist you with preparing for C&P examinations, and advise you of any VA decisions as part of this free service.

Compensation and Pension Examinations

Part of your VA eligibility evaluation can take the form of a Compensation and Pension (C&P) Examination. This is an examination the VA schedules for you to meet with a VA claims examiner. 

Not every benefits claim will receive a request for a C&P exam. The VA requests them when it needs more information about your disability and to help it to assign a disability rating to it.

Our attorneys have experience working with medical doctors, psychologists, and vocational examiners to obtain favorable opinions. Many times, C&P examiners contracted by the VA are not qualified, don’t listen to the veteran’s symptoms, or render medically unsupported opinions. In these cases, our attorneys have the experience necessary to combat these harmful examinations and to counter them with better medical evidence.

Common Errors in VA Disability Claims

VA denials of initial application claims happen for two main reasons: problems with the claim, like not having enough supporting evidence to establish the existence of the disability or its service connection, and mistakes the VA can make when it is considering your claim.

Some of the most common problems we see in Nevada VA benefits claims include:

  • VA raters overlooking evidence supporting your claim.
  • VA raters improperly applying VA regulations when assessing your claim.
  • C&P examiners who do not provide you with an adequate examination.
  • Claims that do not provide enough evidence for a grant of benefits.
  • Veterans failing to attend C&P examinations.
  • Claims that do not establish a proper service connection.

How to Appeal a Veterans Disability Denial in Las Vegas

When it comes to making a disability appeal, you have three options to challenge an initial VA decision:

  • You can submit a supplemental claim, supported by new and relevant evidence.
  • You can submit a request for a higher level review by a more senior claims adjudicator.
  • You can appeal to the Board of Veterans Affairs.

Appealing to the Board comes with its own set of choices and options. These include:

  • Direct review by a Veterans Law Judge.
  • Submitting additional evidence. 
  • A disability hearing with a Veterans Law Judge.

To present a compelling appeal to a denied veterans disability claim, it is extremely important for you to have a thorough understanding of VA regulations and procedures, how the VA applies them, and the time limit you must work within. This is what a Stone Rose disability claim denial lawyer can do for you.

Appealing a claim denial is something that we strongly recommend you do with the extensive experience of a Stone Rose Nevada VA claims appeal attorney on your side. One of our experienced attorneys at Stone Rose Law can guide you through the Nevada veterans disability appeal process until the matter is finally resolved.

Our expert veterans attorneys at Stone Rose Law are VA disability case advocates. They have many years of experience in helping clients with their VA appeals, they understand veterans disability law, and they know how the VA application or appeal process works. 

A Stone Rose Law veterans disability lawyer will know what goes into making the strongest and most persuasive possible appeal on your behalf, so you do not have to.

Our law firm is accredited to represent veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs. We are admitted to practice VA disability law before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. When you hire our law office to represent you in your VA claim, you can be confident that your VA disability lawyer will have the experience, competence, and resources to aggressively fight for your claim throughout the VA appeals process.

If we are unable to win your appeal, we only charge a reasonable, one-time contingency fee from your award from the VA. 

If we do not win your appeal, then you owe us nothing. 

Request a Free Consultation With Our Las Vegas VA Disability Attorneys Today

Going up against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can be a daunting challenge. You have the best chance of winning a VA disability benefits appeal with legal help from a VA disability advocate. 

At Stone Rose Law, our legal team of Las Vegas veterans’ benefits lawyers are dedicated to representing veteran service members with disability claims like you so you can receive the compensation to which you are entitled for your service-connected disabilities. We have successfully represented many veterans claims in the Las Vegas area with service-related federal benefits claims.

We can help you prove that your injury or medical condition is connected to your time in service, or that your disability has worsened since the time you first started receiving veterans’ disability benefits. 

We know how to collect and present compelling medical evidence needed, and how to apply online to make the most persuasive case in support of your VA claim.

Discuss how our law firm and our veterans lawyers in Nevada can help you with your veterans claim or appeal today. 

Schedule a free case consultation with a Las Vegas veterans benefits lawyer at (480) 498-8998, or contact us online and we will get back to you as soon as possible.