Are you a disabled veteran in Pennsylvania?
Do you need help making a claim for disability benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA)?
Our VA disability attorneys at Stone Rose Law can help you with any kind of VA disability claim, at any stage of your claim process:
The VA exists to serve you, the veteran. It has no higher purpose.
This includes providing to you the full amount of benefits you deserve if you have a service-connected disability.
Unfortunately, making a disability claim through the VA is not always a smooth experience.
The VA rejects about one-third of disability benefit claim applications it receives.
Although the VA disability benefits claim process is technically something you can do by yourself, it can be easy to make an inadvertent mistake in your claim package or to not give the VA the kind of information it needs.
Having an experienced Pennsylvania VA disability law attorney to help you with the information gathering and the VA paperwork can make the difference in getting your claim approved the first time.
At Stone Rose Law, we believe it is so important for you to have a VA attorney on your side when making a benefits claim that we help our veterans in Pennsylvania to prepare and submit their benefits claims at no cost to them.
You read that correctly: helping you with your initial or supplemental VA disability benefits claim is a service we provide free of charge to you.
It is one small way for us to thank you for your military service.
You can call our VA disability lawyers today for a free consultation at (480) 498-8998.
VA disability benefits are a monthly tax-free payment to veterans who were injured, or who suffered an illness or other disabling event while serving in the military.
VA disability benefits are also available if you have a pre-existing condition that was made worse by your time in the service.
How much you can qualify for in VA disability benefits depends on the extent of your disability, as well as the annual national disability pay rates.
As of 2023, these rates range from $165.92 per month for a 10-percent disability to $3,621.95 for an individual veteran with a 100 percent disability.
The amount you can qualify for in disability increases if you have dependents.
To get a monthly benefits estimate, check out our VA disability calculator here.
You might qualify for VA disability benefits in Pennsylvania if you have any type of disabling medical condition from your time in military service. This can include an injury, illness, or mental health condition.
The VA provides disability benefit compensation for many kinds of disabling injuries, illnesses, and conditions.
Some of the most common disabilities that qualify for disability benefits are tinnitus, hearing damage, back strain, joint pain, chronic headaches, loss of mobility, amputations, scarring or disfigurement, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
If you can show that your disability is connected to your military service, then you will qualify for monthly disability benefits.
The legal team at Stone Rose Law can help you submit a claim application, or to appeal a claim rejection by the VA.
We can strengthen your case with years of practice-area experience, top-quality legal resources and an unwavering commitment to advocating for our nation’s veterans.
Contact our nationwide VA disability benefits lawyers today at (480) 498-8998 to find out how we can help during a free consultation.
The VA offers multiple ways for veterans to file for disability benefits. The easiest 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 which method you use to submit your benefits claim to the VA, to receive disability compensation you must prove three things: that you qualify as a veteran, that you have a current disability, and that this disability has a connection to your military service.
The VA decides whether you are a veteran through considering multiple factors.
There are a few automatic disqualifiers: for example, if you received a dishonorable discharge, or in some cases a discharge other-than-honorable conditions, these can preclude you from receiving disability benefits.
Otherwise, the main thing the VA will look at is 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.
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 current disability is to provide medical records showing your ongoing treatment for it.
Proving a service connection is one of the basic requirements to qualify for disability compensation.
Your current disability symptoms must relate to one or more disabling events that happened to you while you were a military service member.
Although some 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.
One of the most common reasons the VA gives for claim rejections is lack of a service connection.
One of our VA claim appeal lawyers can help you prove a service connection to your disability.
We help you present your strongest case by making sure to give the VA every relevant bit of information available.
We make use of your military service records, medical records, testimony from experts and witnesses, letters from your doctor, and more.
The VA can find many reasons to reject your disability claim. Sometimes these can be because of an error in the claim application, or the need for more information from you.
The VA can make mistakes, too, when it comes to properly considering your application.
If you receive a letter from the VA stating that your application for disability benefits has been rejected, you can appeal the decision.
Depending on the facts of your case, you can appeal by filing a Notice of Disagreement, a Higher Level Review, a Supplemental Claim, or a Direct Appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
An appeal to the VA requires submitting forms clearly stating that you do not agree with the decision and that you wish to appeal it.
During the appeals process, you will have the opportunity to present additional evidence to support your benefits claim, and can request a formal hearing before a judge.
Appealing a claim denial is something that we strongly recommend you do with an experienced VA claims appeal attorney on your side. One of our veterans benefits lawyers at Stone Rose Law can guide you through the appeals process until the matter is finally resolved.
A claim denial is not the only issue you may encounter in your attempt to obtain VA disability benefits in Pennsylvania.
For example, the VA might approve your application, but the disability rating it assigns to you may not be enough considering the extent of your injury.
In other cases, the VA may take an unreasonable amount of time to respond to your claim—or not get back to you at all.
If you run into any challenges during a VA disability benefits claim, contact our Pennsylvania veterans lawyers for assistance.
At Stone Rose Law, our veterans’ lawyers in Pennsylvania are dedicated to helping former military servicemembers like you.
This is why we offer free disability claim support and affordable Pennsylvania veterans’ disability appeals services.
We do not charge to help you with your VA disability claim preparation.
If you need help pursuing an appeal for a denied claim in Pennsylvania, our law firm provides appeals support on a contingency fee basis.
This means that you won’t pay our VA lawyer anything if he or she does not win your case.
You won’t pay us out of your own pocket, win or lose.
You have access to special hospitals, clinics, offices and help centers throughout Pennsylvania as a military veteran. Pennsylvania strives to meet the needs of its almost 800,000 resident veterans by offering the following.
5000 Wissahickon Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
1000 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburg, PA 15222
University Drive C
Pittsburgh, PA 15240
3900 Woodland Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
353 N. Duffy Rd.
Butler, PA 16001
1700 S. Lincoln Ave.
Lebanon, PA 17042
View the full list of VA resources found in Pennsylvania here. If you need assistance beyond what these resources offer, contact Stone Rose Law.
As a veteran in Pennsylvania, you deserve your fair share of financial compensation for long-term injuries and illnesses you sustained while serving your country.
At Stone Rose Law, our VA disability advocates are committed to helping former military servicemembers like you.
We can help you with filing a veteran’s disability claim in Pennsylvania, or to appeal a claim denial, to make sure you receive all the veterans disability benefits that you deserve.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our VA disability benefit attorneys, call us at (480) 498-8998. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, every day.
Or, if you prefer, you can contact us online to set up a free case evaluation or to ask a question. We will respond to you within 24 hours.
When you were in the service, you learned the importance of teamwork to get things done.
With our free claim support services and affordable, contingency-based appeal support to challenge veterans disability denials in Pennsylvania, there is no reason why you should take on the VA by yourself.
Put the veterans lawyers at Stone Rose Law on your team. Call us. Today. (480) 498-8998.