It used to be that most Texas veterans could complete their initial veterans’ disability applications without even needing to consider an attorney’s representation.
While it could be argued that this is still the case for many veterans, issues like the backlog in the Department of Veterans Affairs and the difficulties of substantiating disabilities related to neurological or emotional health are changing the general rule. Now, some veterans are deciding to talk to an attorney before their initial filing for disability benefits to ensure everything is on track.
This Can Be a Smart Decision
It might be a good idea to consider hiring an experienced veterans’ disability attorney if:
- You know from the outset that it will be difficult to substantiate your claim that a disability exists or is service-connected.
- Your disabilities result from an unreported sexual assault.
- You are filing a disability claim more than five years after leaving the service for an issue that was not documented before you left.
- An agent from a veterans’ service organization recommends your case would benefit from you hiring an attorney.
- You will require a discharge upgrade to receive the necessary benefits.
Additionally, if you have already applied for benefits and been denied or you disagree with your disability ratings score, it is important to hire an attorney to help you protect your rights during the appeals process.
Don’t Worry About Calling a Disability Lawyer Too Early
You aren’t making any commitment by contacting an attorney. If we believe you can handle filing a veterans disability claim on your own, we will tell you that. Likewise, if we believe we can help you get the veterans disability benefits you deserve, we will explain how we can do that.
The disability attorneys of Morgan & Weisbrod have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you get your veterans disability benefits case on track and headed toward the best possible outcome. Please contact us any time—via this website or by phone—for more information about how to protect your rights.
by Carl M. Weisbrod Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law