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Veteran Benefits Attorney — Promises Made to Vets Like You
We can help make the VA do what’s right by you
Your serviced-connected disability entitles you to compensation from the federal government as long as you were not dishonorably discharged from the service. But the high caseload and ingrained bureaucracy at the VA can easily get in the way of you getting what you are due.
George Sink Sr. is a disabled Marine Vietnam veteran and a lawyer who has worked for injured and disabled clients since 1977. He knows how to fight for you. He’s here to help you get the VA rating and benefits you deserve.
Good Results. Happy Clients.
“I could see right away the first time I spoke to somebody that I did the right thing.”- Robert W. -Disabled Vet- Actual Client¹
“The government makes it hard to get your benefits but George Sink injury lawyers made it easy.”- Julius F. -Disabled Vet- Actual Client¹
“I really felt for the first time somebody was in my corner. He’s a Veteran and I’m a Veteran. That’s why I called George Sink.”- Alvin A. -Disabled Vet- Actual Client¹
Do You Qualify for VA Disability Compensation? You Should Get Them Now
The law is clear: The VA is to compensate veterans who have service-connected disabilities as long as they have not been dishonorably discharged from any branch of the Armed Services.
Veterans qualify for disability benefits if their physical disability is:
- Due to a service-related injury or illness and rated at 10 percent or more.
Mental disabilities also qualify for veteran’s disability compensation, if:
- The veteran’s mental disorder is due to or began in service and is rated at 10% or more.
The disability may have been sustained during active duty or active duty for training, or inactive duty training. If the veteran was on inactive duty for training, the disability must have been caused by a traumatic injury, heart attack or stroke.
A veteran’s degree of disability rating (determined in 10 percent increments) determines the amount of the monthly benefit, which is a tax-free payment. Benefits may be combined and paid for multiple disabilities and, if the veteran has dependents, he or she may receive an additional allowance if the combined disability is rated at 30 percent or more.
The degree of disability rating is key, and it is complicated. The VA determines ratings for the severity of a veteran’s disability based on the evidence submitted as part of the veteran’s claim, or from evidence the VA obtains from treatment providers and/or military records.
Disability ratings are defined as percentages, from 0% to 100%, in 10% increments (for example, 10%, 20%, 30% etc.). When a vet has multiple disabling injuries or illnesses, they are rated separately and combined. However, they are not simply added. For example, a disability resulting in a 50% rating and one with a 30% rating do not yield an 80% combined rating.
Instead, the VA uses a table (known as the Combined Ratings Table) to combine disability ratings. Taking the veteran’s most severe rating, such as a 50% disability rating for PTSD, and then the next most severe, such as a 30% rating for diabetes, and tracking from the left-hand column and then the top row, the table provides a combined rating of 65%. Then, if there was a third disability, a hearing loss with a 20% rating, for example, the 65% and 20% combined come to 72%, which would be rounded down to 70%.
Ratings are only rounded once after all disability ratings are combined. If a rating is midway between 10% increments or higher (65%, 66%, 67%, etc.) the final rating is rounded up. Lower ratings (64%, 63%, etc.) are rounded down to the nearest 10% increment.
This sounds confusing because it is. But our attorneys understand the calculations because they work with them every day. This is just one small way we can help guide you through the process and possibly increase your rating.
The veteran’s disability lawyers at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers may be able to help, if you already receive VA disability benefits, but your appealable decision did not properly rate you, or if you already have a pending appeal process for a higher rating.
We can help you file your claim to make sure it reflects what you truly deserve. You do not have to fight the bureaucracy for fair treatment on your own.
Veterans' Benefits Lawyers: Types of Compensation
Disabled veterans and/or disabled veterans’ dependents or survivors may also qualify for:
- Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is a higher rate of compensation (also tax-free) paid under special circumstances, such as the vet’s need for assistance to accomplish daily life activities, or for a specific disability, such as loss of the use of an arm. Veterans can also receive “aid and attendance” for their spouse based on the spouse’s need for assistance with daily activities.
- Total Disability Due to Individual Unemployability (TDIU) for veterans whose disability(s) prevents from them working and earning wages to support themselves and their family. The VA defines this as substantially gainful employment. The TDIU designation allows veterans to be paid at the 100% disability rate, even if the VA has not rated their disability at the total level.
- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free payment generally made to a surviving spouse, dependent child, or qualifying parent of a veteran who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, or for survivors of veterans who died from their service-connected disability.
The VA also provides housing and insurance benefits to veterans with disabilities:
- Adapted Housing Grants may be used to help purchase or build a home adapted for the veteran’s disability, or to modify an existing home to accommodate a disability.
- Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance for veterans who have built, remodeled or purchased a home with an Adaptive Housing Grant. The mortgage holder (for example, a bank or mortgage company) is the beneficiary of the insurance, with a maximum of $200,0001 paid.
- Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance, includes permanent plans and term insurance with a maximum face value of $10,0001.
There are also several resources about special claims benefits available to disabled veterans. These include a one-time allowance to buy a new or used car or other adaptive equipment to accommodate a service-connected disability. The convalescence benefit provides a temporary 100 percent disability rating (and compensation) as the vet recovers from surgery or has a joint immobilized by a cast without surgery. A temporary 100 percent disability compensation rating is also available to a veteran who has been hospitalized for more than 21 days due to a service-connected disability.
Get Help from our VA Benefits Attorney Now
The VA can give you the run-around or simply drop the ball and leave you without disability benefit payments you deserve and need to get on with your life. Many times, these problems can be overcome with experienced and caring legal assistance from a law firm like George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers.
George Sink Sr. and his associates have worked with many disabled veterans to help them obtain the disability benefits they are entitled to. We know what the VA requires, and we know what you are going through. George Sink Sr. has been there himself, as a disabled Vietnam veteran who recovered VA benefits.
We can review your claim documents to make sure they provide the information the VA requires. We can assist you with getting the evidence needed and the documentation required by the VA system to determine disability.
When you deserve more, you should get it without a fight. And we want you to have it as soon as possible. George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers know the VA system in part because George Sink Sr. is a disabled veteran.