VA Compensation Claims for Scarring Alopecia – Everything You Need To Know
Did you apply for scarring alopecia veterans benefits and receive a denial from the U.S. Department of Veterans (VA)? The road does not need to stop here. You have the right to appeal VA’s decision. However, the process of appealing a VA disability claim denial is difficult and time-consuming. It can take years to navigate the appeals process. Fortunately, you do not need to handle this process yourself. A veterans’ disability lawyer can help you win your appeal and get the monthly benefits you deserve.
Learn more during a free, no-obligation consultation: (888) 392-5392. You pay no attorney’s fees unless and until you win your case.*
A VA Disability Lawyer Can Help You Get Scarring Alopecia Veterans Benefits
Scarring alopecia, also known as cicatricial alopecia, occurs when the hair follicle is destroyed. It can be primary or secondary. Primary alopecia is the result of an inflammatory process, while secondary alopecia is the result of an external injury, such as burns or radiation exposure.
Symptoms of scarring alopecia include:
- Redness and scaling
- Decreased or increased pigmentation
You may also have draining sinuses.
Unfortunately, just having these symptoms and a diagnosis of scarring alopecia is not enough for a successful appeal. To obtain benefits, your appeal must also establish:
An In-Service Event or An In-Service Onset
Your lawyer must be able to show that you experienced a specific in-service event that could have caused your scarring alopecia. For example, secondary scarring alopecia can result from burns, infections, radiation, and tumors. You must show evidence of an event capable of causing scarring alopecia. You can also satisfy this requirement if you can prove to the VA that your scarring alopecia began while you were in the service.
A Nexus Between the In-Service Event or Onset and Your Scarring Alopecia
You must be able to show that your scarring alopecia at least as likely as not resulted from the in-service event.
Depending on your unique situation, you may be able to establish a secondary service connection. This means your condition stemmed from another, service-connected condition. For example, you developed cancer due to exposure to toxins during your military service. After the emergence of cancerous tumors, you went to the doctor with complaints that you were losing your hair and developing scaly patches on your scalp. Your doctor did a biopsy and determined that you have scarring alopecia.
Call today to get started building a compelling appeal: (888) 392-5392.
A Veterans’ Disability Lawyer Will Fight to Get You the Most Compensation Possible
VA issues disability rating criteria to determine how much compensation a veteran will receive monthly for service-connected conditions. For scarring alopecia, VA issues three ratings: 20 percent, 10 percent, and 0 percent.
The criteria are as follows:
- 20 percent disability rating: “affecting more than 40 percent of the scalp”
- 10 percent disability rating: “affecting 20 to 40 percent of the scalp”
- 0 percent: “affecting less than 20 percent of the scalp”
These disability ratings correspond with monthly compensation (the below figures are for a single Veteran with no dependents) :
- 20 percent: $281.27 each month
- 10 percent: $142.29 each month
- 0 percent: $0 each month
A lawyer will fight to get you the highest rating possible. If you have another service-connected disability, you can receive a combined rating which may increase your rating and your monthly compensation. A VA disability lawyer will investigate your case and determine whether you might have a case to recover increased compensation. Call today to learn more during a free, no-obligation consultation: (888) 392-5392.
Get Help from a VA Disability Lawyer Today: (888) 392-5392
Getting the compensation you need for your scarring alopecia can be difficult. However, you do not need to handle it alone. A VA disability attorney can help you file a successful appeal. A lawyer can represent you through the entire appeals process. They can determine the proper lane to choose for the appeals process. Depending on the lane chosen, they can either ensure that you have all the necessary evidence to prove your entitlement to benefits or if deemed appropriate, represent you during a hearing with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
Call (888) 392-5392 today for veterans’ disability legal help. The consultation is free, and you pay nothing until you win benefits.* Get help from a law firm with over 40 years of experience handling veterans’ disability claims.1