Veterans Disability Benefits

You Served Your Country. Now Get the Benefits You Deserve.

by Staff Blogger | November 5th, 2018

In return for your agreement to serve your country as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, you’re entitled to certain benefits, including disability benefits if an injury or illness prevents you from carrying out your duties. But getting those benefits is a challenge for many service members.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doesn’t approve applications easily, and while its strict criteria help cut down on fraud, it also means that many veterans with valid claims often get denied. At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California veterans disability lawyers believe that no veteran who served their country should be denied the benefits that they deserve.

When you contact our legal team to handle your disability benefits claim, you’ll get the following assistance:

  • We’ll prove your injury or illness was service-related—Many claims are denied due to the VA believing that health problems originated outside of military service. We’ll collect evidence that leaves no doubt about the origin of your disability.
  • We’ll make sure your claim is accurate and complete—The VA is quick to deny or dismiss claims with even minor mistakes and oversights. Our legal team knows the ins-and-outs of claims, and you’ll have peace of mind with our attorneys reviewing your application.

Those are just a some of the services we provide to military members who need benefits for their disabilities. Whether you’re filing for the first time or need help appealing the VA’s decision, we want to hear from you. Call today for a free consultation.

Don’t Make These Common Veterans Disability Benefits Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | July 2nd, 2018

As a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, you’re entitled to many benefits because of your years of service for your country. Among these benefits is a form of income replacement if you get hurt in the line of duty and are unable to work and earn a living for yourself and your loved ones.

Unfortunately, veterans disability benefits can be difficult to acquire. Countless applications are denied every year, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has strict criteria for determining when claims are valid and eligible for approval.

In many cases, applications are jeopardized because applicants make mistakes. Two of the most common mistakes that can harm claims include:

  • Lying about any aspect of an illness or injury—If the VA suspects that applicants aren’t being completely truthful about their service-related conditions, it will deny their claims. That’s why it’s important to never exaggerate or downplay any aspect of an illness or injury.
  • Putting off the application process—The VA views claims that aren’t filed soon after injuries and illnesses occur with suspicion. When applicants wait too long, the VA may believe that their health conditions aren’t related to their service.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our team of California veterans disability benefits attorneys believes that no veteran should be denied the benefits he or she has earned.

If you or someone you love is struggling with the VA and the benefits application or appeals process, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Avoid These Common Veterans Disability Benefits Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | February 19th, 2018

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California veterans disability benefits attorneys help many people who served their country get the benefits they’re entitled to. We have years of experience fighting for the rights of injured veterans, and we know that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has strict guidelines for issuing and awarding benefits. Even small, minor mistakes can put applications in jeopardy.

When people are denied the benefits they earned during their military service, they may feel like giving up. But it’s important for all veterans to remember that they’re still entitled to benefits, and we’re here to help guide them through the application process.

You can increase your chances of being approved by avoiding some common mistakes that veterans make when they apply for benefits. Those include:

  • Downplaying symptoms – Many military veterans are reluctant to list all of the ways that their service-related injuries and illnesses affect them. But being honest and comprehensive when it comes to describing symptoms is essential, as downplaying symptoms can make the VA assume that you’re in better health than you actually are.
  • Waiting too long to get help –  It’s important to begin working on your application as soon as your injuries or illnesses begin affecting you. Evidence can quickly disappear, and it may be more difficult to link your illness or injury to your service. An attorney is ready to help you obtain evidence that confirms the origin of your health problems.

Pursuing veterans disability claims can be frustrating and intimidating, but having a legal advocate on your side can make all the difference. Call today for a free consultation.

How Can a Lawyer Help You Get Veterans Disability Benefits?

by Staff Blogger | December 25th, 2017

Serving in the military is supposed to provide you access to many important benefits, including compensation if you’re injured or develop a serious illness. But getting veterans disability benefits is a complicated process with many steps, and many claims are denied every year.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California veterans disability benefits lawyers know how devastating it is for veterans and their families when their applications are rejected—especially after they’ve sacrificed so much for their country. We believe that veterans should never be turned down from the benefits they deserve, and that’s why we do everything we can to help them get the money they need.

When we handle veterans disability benefits claims, our legal team works to:

  • Prove that the illness or injury is service-related – One of the biggest roadblocks applicants face is proving that their disability happened due to military service. We’ll collect and present evidence that leaves no doubt about the origin of the injury or illness.
  • Submit an error-free, complete, and on-time application – Countless benefits applications are denied due to mistakes, incomplete information, or late submissions and responses. Our legal team knows the ins and outs of the process, and we’ll make sure the application is completed and submitted on time.

Don’t leave your family’s future up to chance. Many valid applications get rejected every year, leaving veterans and their families waiting on the money they need to keep up with their expenses. We want to help maximize your chances of getting approved. Call today for a free consultation.

Securing Veteran Disability Benefits in California

by Staff Blogger | April 4th, 2016

Our servicemen and women sacrifice so much for our country, putting their lives on the line in service of our country. When soldiers are wounded in that service, they deserve more than our respect and gratitude; they deserve the complete financial support of our government.

They seek that financial support through a veteran disability benefits claim filed with the government. These benefits are intended to compensate military personnel for a wide variety of physical and mental injuries sustained during military service, such as traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, spinal cord injuries, exposure to toxic chemicals, and severe lacerations. Unfortunately, the government often denies these claims, and in doing so, denies our service members and their families the financial resources necessary to put their lives back together.

Veteran disability benefit claims are different from Social Security Disability claims. They’re more complicated and harder to secure on your own. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced veteran disability lawyer to give you the best chance of securing benefits.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we’ve been helping veterans get the disability benefits they deserve for more than 30 years. If your veteran disability claim has been reduced, denied, or ignored, give us a call today. You’ve done so much for our country. It’s time your country did something for you.

Veterans Disability Benefits Offered to Pilots and Crews Exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam

by Staff Blogger | June 15th, 2015

There are currently millions of former members of the American armed forces who are unable to work due to medical conditions that stem from their service to our country. Our California veterans benefits attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers explain that many of these individuals receive veterans disability benefits, but there are others who continue to struggle to get the benefits they deserve decades after becoming injured or ill.

A prime example of this suffering can be seen in soldiers who were exposed to a toxic defoliant during the Vietnam War, known as Agent Orange. The chemical was dropped onto the jungle from the air to kill off the leaves, trees, and plants so that the enemy could be seen and identified from the air. Unfortunately, exposure to Agent Orange has also been linked to a number of health conditions over the years, including prostate cancer, leukemia, and diabetes.

For many years, only soldiers who were exposed to the chemical while on the ground were able to collect veterans disability benefits for their health problems. An article from Newser says the Department of Veterans Affairs may reverse that decision though.

Officials announced late last month that Air Force pilots and crews of C-123 aircraft, the workhorse that was used to spread Agent Orange during military campaigns until 1975, may be eligible to receive veterans disability benefits.

Our team of California personal injury lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers applauds the efforts being made to get our nation’s veterans the benefits they deserve and we’re hopeful it can help veterans who have fought for benefits for decades to get back on their feet.

Thousands of California Veterans Disability Benefits Claims Ignored by the VA

by Staff Blogger | March 2nd, 2015

Getting veterans disability benefits can be extremely difficult, but thousands of former service members are now frustrated after an investigation discovered the Department of Veterans Affairs simply ignored their claims—in some cases, for decades.

Reports from the Washington Free Beacon indicate that a recent CBS investigation determined a total of 13,841 claims for veterans disability benefits filed at the VA’s Oakland, California, office were simply placed into a filing cabinet and ignored. At least five VA employees have come forward saying the actions were not a mistake and that they were instructed to “hide the claims” rather than process them. In one of those cases, a veteran was owed $36,000 in benefits.

This isn’t the first case of claims being ignored or forgotten though. Investigations indicate as many as six other VA offices located in large cities have had similar issues with claims being discarded, lost, or ignored.

The VA says it’s working to reduce incidences of mismanaged claims by implementing an electronic filing system that will help eliminate the need to use the postal service to file a claim and the proper documentation of said claim; however, the system is still flawed, which is why you should consider speaking with a legal representative if your claim for benefits has been lost or denied.

The California personal injury attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers can help answer any legal questions you may have regarding the process of filing a veterans disability claim. Simply call us today at (800) 400-BERG to get started on your case.

VA Undergoes Restructuring to Improve Veterans Disability Benefits Services

by Staff Blogger | January 26th, 2015

When veterans are no longer able to work due to a disabling medical condition that’s related to their service to our nation, they may be entitled to receive veterans disability benefits. However, gaining access to these benefits through the multiple facets of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) can often be an arduous task to complete.

One of the main reasons for this issue is the fact that the VA is divided into numerous smaller organizations that often operate independently of one another. To help address the problem, VA officials recently announced a reorganization that will help the agency’s different entities operate as one.

Reports from 12 News Now indicate the VA currently has more than nine different organizations under its umbrella that host more than a dozen different websites. Each of these groups and sites often require different pieces of information to be utilized.

This prompted officials to downsize the number of organizations under the VA to just five. Furthermore, the new organizations are expected to work more closely with one another in a, “ seamless, integrated, and responsive” manner.

Officials stated they hope the reorganization of the VA can be completed by next summer.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, we know how difficult navigating the VA’s systems can be and are hopeful the reorganization is successful in making the organization easier for veterans to navigate. That’s why we’re here to help if your claim for veterans disability benefits has been denied. Call our team of California personal injury attorneys at (800) 400-BERG and we will work diligently to help you get the compensation you deserve.

How to Maximize Your Veterans Disability Benefits

by Staff Blogger | January 12th, 2015

It can be difficult for a veteran with a disability to make ends meet if their condition prevents them from working. That’s why it’s so important for disabled veterans who are under financial strain to plan, budget, and develop a strategy for paying the bills. Not to fret though, there are several resources available to injured and disabled veterans.

One of the first resources you should consider applying for is veterans disability benefits. Such compensation is awarded to veterans who are no longer able to work due to a medical condition directly related to United States military service. These benefits are dispensed based on the claimant’s pay grade at the time of their injury or diagnosis and the disability rating the individual receives when their condition is examined by medical professionals.

Incentives offered to former U.S. military service members are another option disabled veterans should consider pursuing. These incentives include tax breaks veterans can receive for their home. The Zanesville Times Recorder reports veterans are entitled to claim as much as $50,000 in tax exemptions for their residence if they are considered 100 percent disabled by the United States government.

If you’re a disabled veteran who is struggling financially, the most important thing to know is that help is available. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we have a network of legal professionals who can assist you with getting the compensation you’re legally entitled to receive. To speak with our California personal injury attorneys about your case, call us at (800) 400-BERG anytime of day or night.

Why You Should Avoid Pension “Cash Out” Agreements if You’re a Disabled Vet

by Staff Blogger | December 22nd, 2014

Soldiers who have been left permanently disabled as a result of injuries they sustained during their service to our nation are often entitled to veterans disability benefits; however, these payments may not be enough for many to make ends meet—especially in the San Francisco area where the costs of living are some of the highest in the nation.

These financial struggles may force many disabled veterans to consider using a service that would allow them to “cash out” their pensions or other disability payments. It’s important for veterans to know this may not be wise though, as the contracts that are used to bind these agreements are often not designed in favor of the veteran.

According to an article from the Sacramento Bee, the contracts may contain stipulations that require veterans to pay multiple fees and commissions that, in the end, result in a disabled individual receiving far less money than their pension or payments were worth.

If you’re a disabled veteran and have found yourself struggling financially, the team of California personal injury attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers wants you to know that there are other options available. Some of the resources you may have in your area include nonprofit organizations that can offer work or financial assistance. You may qualify for grants and other benefits, such as Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income as well.

We hope these tips help to get you the financial assistance you deserve.