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Qualifying for Veterans’ Disability in Upstate New York

You served your country willingly. Now, you have a disability—physical, mental or both—thanks to your time on duty.

Maybe it limits the scope of work you can do. Or maybe it’s forced you out of work entirely.

Either way, you need veterans’ disability benefits to survive. The monthly payments can save you from financial crisis and give you the chance to live your life to the fullest.

Winning the full benefits you deserve can be complicated, however. The Veterans Affairs Department’s rating system is unpredictable, and the formula they use to certify your disability is confusing.

What does it actually take to qualify for the veterans’ disability benefits you need?

The experienced lawyers at Lachman & Gorton Law Office can help you make the strongest VA claim possible—if you’re in Binghamton, Elmira, Rochester or anywhere in Upstate New York.

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Proving Your Veterans’ Disability Claim

To win the benefits you need, you must prove three things:

  • You served on active duty, active duty training or inactive duty training.
  • You have a disability rating for a service-connected medical condition.
  • Your condition was made worse by serving.

You’ll need evidence to get the rating and the benefits you deserve. Sometimes, we see clients whose doctors don’t know the VA definition of disability, or don’t know how to properly fill out your Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ).

We can gather the right documents, or even send you to doctors experienced with the VA system. Items you’ll need to compile:

  • VA medical records and hospital records
  • Military separation documents (You can also authorize the VA to pull these for you.)
  • Private medical records and hospital reports
  • Statements from family, coworkers, friends and people who served with you

At Lachman & Gorton, we know you’re struggling. When you don’t get the rating you deserve, it can be demoralizing.

You’re upset. You’re angry.

We’re here to help. If you’re in Central New York and need veterans’ disability benefits, contact us now so we can get started on your case.

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But Does My Medical Condition Qualify for VA Benefits?

Any health problem that began with your military service can qualify you for benefits.

It could’ve started with a physical injury, an exposure to harmful toxins or a psychological trauma.

At Lachman & Gorton, we’ve gathered details on how to qualify with some common impairments experienced by veterans:

No matter your diagnosis, the core of your veterans’ disability claim will be documenting that it was connected to your service.

More severe and less severe impairments can qualify you for different levels of benefits. Multiple impairments can add up to a higher rating and more benefits.

The veterans’ disability lawyers at Lachman & Gorton know how to translate your particular health problems into a strong claim for benefits.

It costs you nothing to have an initial conversation with us about your situation.

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If You’ve Been Denied, There’s Still Hope

That baffling disability rating formula is the ultimate factor in how much you’re paid.

Each disability gets its own rating. So, if you have back trouble because of your service and suffer from PTSD, too, each would be rated separately and “added” together on the VA’s table to compute your total rating.

Sometimes, the process takes more than a year.

At Lachman & Gorton, we can help you figure out if the VA rated you incorrectly and how to fix it. We also find having representation when appealing a rating can help the process go as efficiently as possible.

You made a commitment to your country. If you’re suffering because of it, all of us owe you a commitment, too.

Call us now to get started forging a new path forward for you and your family.

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National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
United States District Court of Northern and Western Districts
Broome County Bar Association