How the VA Rates Veterans’ Disabilities

If you got sick or injured while serving in the military, or your service made an existing condition worse, you may qualify for Veterans Association disability compensation.

To determine how much disability compensation to pay you, the VA assigns a disability rating based on the severity of your condition.

This raises one important question, though: How is your VA disability rating calculated?

Below, the experienced veterans’ disability lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael Hartup explains how the VA’s rating system works, how they determine combined ratings and more.

If you need additional help with filing a veterans’ disability claim in Tennessee, call Michael Hartup at 731-424-5559.

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Frequently Asked Questions About SSA and VA Claims Amid COVID-19

With both the Social Security Administration and Veterans Affairs offices closed to the public, you may find that filing a claim is more challenging throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

We know this is a difficult time for you and your family. Below, we answer frequently asked questions about new and ongoing claims in an effort to provide some relief.

If your question is not answered below, please call 731-424-5559 for immediate assistance or contact us online.

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Veterans Disability: What Happens If My Disability Worsens Over Time?

Once the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) determines that you have a service-connected disability, you’re assigned a disability rating that determines the amount of compensation you receive.

But what happens if your condition worsened and your health has deteriorated?

Below, the veterans disability lawyer at The Law Offices of Michael Hartup discusses how your disability rating works and what options you may have for increasing your rating and compensation.

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How Child Support Affects SSD Benefits

Are you unable to work due to a medical condition or injury, but currently pay child support? If so, you likely have questions.

Will I be required to continue paying child support? How can I afford it when my wages have been cut so drastically? Is it possible for my wages or disability benefits to be garnished?

These questions are incredibly important, which is why the Law Offices of Michael Hartup are sharing information you need to know about SSD and child support.

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Social Security Disability Administrative Hearings

If your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) benefits was denied, you may still appeal the decision through the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Jackson disability lawyer Michael Hartup has extensive experience helping disabled Tennessee residents successfully appeal denied SSD claims. If you live in the greater Jackson, TN, area and believe your application for SSD benefits was wrongfully denied, please call The Law Offices of Michael Hartup today at 731-513-5284 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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Common Reasons for Denied SSD and Veterans Disability Claims

The unfortunate truth is that most initial applications for Social Security Disability (SSD) and veterans disability benefits are denied. However, many issues with denied claims can be addressed with the help of a knowledgeable disability lawyer, who can guide you through the application or appeals process.

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Do I Need a Lawyer to File for Disability Benefits?

The short answer is: No, you are not required to hire an attorney to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) or disability benefits administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

But having an experienced disability lawyer on your side has advantages. The application processes for SSD and veterans disability benefits can be confusing, and a majority of applicants who are otherwise eligible for benefits are denied upon their initial application due to procedural mistakes. Continue reading “Do I Need a Lawyer to File for Disability Benefits?”