Are You Eligible For Veterans Disability Benefits?
When you need an attorney to help you determine whether you are eligible to receive veterans disability benefits, Manring & Farrell stands ready to help. We have extensive experience — our firm has been representing people with medical disabilities since 1991 — and using this to the advantage of veterans and other disabled clients throughout Ohio. We will walk you step by step through all the eligibility criteria and give you straightforward advice about how the VA may view your claim. If you need help filling out your application or appealing a denial of benefits, we have the negotiation, trial and appellate skills necessary to serve as a strong advocate for you.
Type Of Discharge
When deciding if a veteran is eligible for service-connected disability benefits, the VA first reviews the character of the military discharge when determining eligibility. Generally, you will qualify for compensation benefits if you received an honorable or general discharge. Usually you are not eligible for benefits if you received a dishonorable discharge.
Does My Income Affect Eligibility?
Since service-connected disability benefits or disability compensation benefits are not based on financial need, your income and assets do not affect whether you can receive benefits. This means you can receive compensation benefits even if you are working or if you are receiving other types of income, such as Social Security Disability benefits.
Veterans Compensation Benefit Requirements
There are three basic elements that you must establish for a successful claim. At Manring & Farrell, we can build a strong case based on these elements, which include:
- Presenting evidence of a current physical or mental disability, which requires a medical diagnosis of your condition
- Showing that an injury or event occurred during service that caused or aggravated your disability
- Establishing that your current disability is somehow connected to the injury or event during service (certain types of physical and mental impairments are presumed to be service-connected)
Some disabilities can be service-connected even though they are not directly linked to an injury or event during service. For example, if you suffered a leg injury during service and then developed a back problem because of chronic leg problems, you should file claims for both your leg and your back. And, if the pain over the years finally causes depression, you should also file a claim for the depression too, as that may qualify as a service-connected disability.
For more information, visit our Veterans Compensation FAQ page.