Veteran’s Benefits

Service Connection

If you served in the military, you may be entitled to service-connected compensation if you have a disability that was incurred or aggravated during active military service. A diagnosis in-service is not required as long as it can be shown through medical evidence that your condition likely arose during your time in the military. At Levine-Piro Law, we can help you apply for service connection, appeal a denial, or develop medical and other evidence to strengthen your case and give you the best chance of having your claims approved.

Increased Rating Claims

If you are already service-connected, the VA may not have assigned the correct disability rating for your conditions – or your service-connected conditions may have worsened. In either case, Levine-Piro Law can help you obtain an increased disability rating, which may entitle you to increased monthly compensation. In addition, if your service-connected conditions prevent you from working, you may be entitled to “Total Disability Based On Individual Unemployability,” a benefit which may also result in increased compensation for you.

The medical criteria and the law in this area are complex, but Levine-Piro Law can assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve.

Effective Dates

Generally, when you are awarded service connection, VA will assign you an “effective date” of the date on which you filed your claim, resulting in retroactive benefits back to that date. However, you may actually be entitled to benefits dating farther back. The lawyers at Levine-Piro Law will examine your VA claims file with a fine-toothed comb to determine whether you may be entitled to an earlier effective date, which could result in a larger award for you.

PTSD and Other Complex Mental Health Claims

Levine-Piro Law is committed to helping veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health issues retain the proper treatment and benefits. In order to claim those benefits, the Veterans Administration must rule that your health condition is service-related. With our legal expertise, we are fully prepared to assist you in handling your disability case with the Veterans Administration so you are able to focus on your health.

What is Post-traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can affect military personnel after they have experienced a traumatic event. Symptoms of PTSD may include:

  • Avoidance of situations that remind you of the event
  • Negative changes in thoughts and beliefs
  • Irritability
  • Substance abuse
  • Collections

Types of Veterans Disabilities

There are numerous types of claims that apply to disability compensation. Claims can be based on disabilities that existed before entering the military but were made worse during service, disabilities that occurred during service, or disabilities that arose after you left military service.

Disabilities common to veterans: Any illness, condition, or disability that is linked to your service can make you eligible for veterans benefits. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Any type of cancer
  • Various heart conditions
  • Any mental and/or psychiatric illnesses
  • Back/spinal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Auditory or visual impairment
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Conditions caused by exposure to toxic radiation, air, water, or chemicals

We are committed to working ardently to file claims for veterans with with all types of disabilities. If your VA claim is denied, or if you wish to seek a higher disability rating, we can help you file, appeal, and litigate your claim.

Appealing Denied VA Claims

If the Board of Veterans Appeals has denied a VA claim, an appeal may be filed with the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The appeal must be filed within 120 days of the mailing date on the Board decision.

During the appeals process, the Court cannot review new evidence and only reviews the record that was created before the Board made its decision. At this stage, both the VA and the veteran will have legal representation. Levine-Piro Law is happy to provide veterans with the representation they require should they choose to appeal their denied VA claim.

Get In Touch

At Levine-Piro Law we can help you navigate the VA claims and appeals process so you get the benefits you deserve. Please call our office at 978­-637-­2048 to set up a consultation or e-mail us.
We provide a free 15 minutes phone consultation.