Source: Hill and Ponton Does it matter whether the VA finds that a veteran is service-connected for PTSD, as opposed to some other psychiatric disorder? For purposes of compensation, no, it does not. The VA rating schedule provides one general rating formula which it applies to every mental disorder, whether the diagnosis is for PTSD, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, … [Read more...] about VA Compensation for PTSD and Other Mental Disorders – Hill & Ponton, P.A.
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First, if you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency, go to the nearest emergency room you believe can provide the care you need. Second, once there, be sure to inform the financial counselor that you are a disabled veteran who receives health care from the local VA medical center. Usually, the financial counselor is the person who comes into your emergency room to … [Read more...] about The Next 72 Hours – 3 Things Veterans Must Do During Civilian Emergency Room Visits – Ben Krause
Am I eligible for emergency care at a non-VA facility? An eligible Veteran may receive emergency care at a non-VA health care facility at VA expense when a VA facility or other Federal health care facility with which VA has an agreement is unable to furnish economical care due to the Veteran’s geographical inaccessibility to a VA medical facility, or when VA is unable to … [Read more...] about Am I eligible for emergency care at a non-VA facility?
Source: Hill & Ponton, P.A. Checkout their blog for more great information.Matthew Hill: And today we’d like to talk to you a little bit about … We’re talking about a series on big mistakes vets make, and problems that are presented in their claim, that interfere with them getting the benefits they deserve. Today, we just want to talk briefly on C&P exams, comp and … [Read more...] about Common Mistakes – Attending the C&P Exams by Hill and Ponton
[Reprinted here with permission from Veterans Law Blog]5 years ago, in 2012, I first wrote about an issue that has been one of my major “preaching” points in VA Claims and Appeals. I pointed out, in a post called “CAVC lashes out at VA: “Again, you failed to follow the law.” that the VA had for a very long time been forcing Veterans to prove something that by law the VA was … [Read more...] about CUE, the Presumption of Soundness, and Really Old Errors by Chris Attig
Appeals process: The multi-stage appellate process is available to you after you have already received one or more decisions on your claim, but disagree with some aspect of VA’s decision. During the appellate process, an appeal undergoes additional independent reviews, often multiple times and by different adjudicators, as you or your representative submit new evidence and/or … [Read more...] about Veterans Affairs Disability Claims Appeals
[Reprinted here with permission from Veterans Law Blog]There is a lot of misunderstanding about whether and when a Veteran can retain an accredited Veterans Benefits attorney to represent the Veteran in a claim for disability compensation before the VA. And there is even more misunderstanding out there about what attorneys can – and do – charge Veterans for representation in … [Read more...] about Need a Lawyer? Learn About Veterans Benefits attorneys & the Fees They Charge – VeteransLawBlog
Today, we want to kind of take the last two, the appealing both at the regional office and then also to the BVA and talk about what your job is. Once you’ve appealed, you’re going to have a couple years on either one to do, but you need to not just sit back and just say, “Oh, it’s in the appeal process, it’s going.” What should people be doing? Related: Appeals and Claims … [Read more...] about Common Mistakes – Dont Sit Back During Your Appeal – Hill & Ponton, P.A.
While there are 2 legal processes to pursue an earlier effective date, there are several legal theories that can be used in those processes. Here are 2 of the most common legal theories to argue for an Earlier Effective Date in a VA Disability Compensation Claim. … [Read more...] about 2 Times Veterans Should Argue for an Earlier Effective Date. – Veterans Law Blog
[Reprinted here with permission from Veterans Law Blog]When it comes to the current options for challenging a VA Ratings Decision, Veterans often send me emails asking what do they do..which option do they choose? To begin answering that question, let me tell you a story. Every so often, my wife and I trade out our family chores. She pays the bills, I go grocery shopping….she … [Read more...] about When You Get a VA Ratings Decision, Should You File an Appeal, Request to Reopen, or Seek Reconsideration?