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What Does It Cost to Get Your Veterans Disability Benefits?

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We get paid nothing unless we successfully recover benefits on your behalf

If you are a disabled service veteran seeking VA benefits, your current economic situation should not prevent you from seeking legal help. George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, veterans disability claims lawyers will provide you with a free, no-obligation assessment of your claim and its prospects. If we help you seek benefits, our legal fees come directly from the VA — not out of your pocket.

More important, our VA benefits attorneys and his associates will fight for ALL of the VA benefits you deserve.

George Sink Sr. is a disabled Vietnam veteran who has provided legal services to thousands of injured and disabled clients since 1977. He knows how to fight for veterans like you. He’s here to help you get the VA benefits you have been promised – and get them FAST.

What Can a VA Disabilities Lawyer Charge a Veteran?

As a veteran disability claim moves forward, particularly into the appeals process, the complexity of what’s required to obtain VA benefits increases dramatically. Eventually, a claim may be formally heard in court. The VA says in its online and printed literature that a veteran pursuing an appeal should obtain legal help.

But the VA goes further to protect veterans. Any attorney or layperson (“agent”) helping a disabled veteran obtain benefits must be accredited by the VA’s Office of General Counsel (OGC).

Federal law (38 C.F.R. § 14.636) also specifies:

  • When during the claim appeals process the attorney (or agent) may charge the vet
  • What services an attorney may charge for
  • How much an attorney may charge

Disability laws allow attorneys to set fees based on a fixed fee, hourly rate, a percentage of benefits recovered, or a combination of such bases.

George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers charge a contingency fee, which means fees are charged only if we recover past-due benefits for the veteran. Then, we accept an agreed-upon percentage of the amount awarded as past-due benefits.

The percentage charged for individual cases may be based on factors the VA considers when determining whether fees are reasonable, including:

  • The extent and type of services performed
  • The complexity of the case
  • The level of skill and competence required to provide services
  • The amount of time spent on the case
  • The results achieved, including the amount of any benefits recovered
  • The level of review to which the claim was taken and the level of the review at which the attorney was retained
  • Rates charged by other representatives for similar services

However, the VA considers it reasonable to charge between 20% and 33.3% of any past-due benefits awarded the vet, and by law requires “clear and convincing evidence” to approve a higher (or lower) fee.

The VA also requires a contract between the attorney and the vet that sets out “specific terms under which the amount to be paid for the services of the attorney will be determined,” and the VA must approve the terms of the contract. This agreement should also specify that the VA is to pay the attorney directly out of past-due benefits.

Legal fees may only be charged for services provided after the filing of a notice of disagreement (NOD), which is the veteran’s first notice to the VA that he or she intends to appeal a benefits decision.

7 Ways Veterans are Protected When Represented by George Sink Disability Lawyers

In addition to assurances provided by federal law when disabled veterans seek legal help with VA disability claims, working with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers provide veterans a variety of protections as well.

  1. First, George Sink Sr. is himself a disabled Vietnam Marine who has fought for his own VA benefits. Other attorneys at the firm are also military veterans. We understand what you and your family are going through.
  2. We will review your claim as it is now at no charge to you and explain how we believe we can help you. At that point, you have free legal advice and no further obligation to us. If you wish to retain George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers as your attorneys, we will move forward under a contract that must meet with the VA’s approval.
  3. Attorney George Sink Sr. is already accredited by the VA as a disability claims representative. This not only assures you of his professionalism, but it saves time by not having to submit credentials to VA’s Office of General Counsel (OGC). Time saved means benefit money to you sooner.
  4. George Sink Sr. and his associate attorneys are guided by professional ethics that a non-attorney agent who might help you with a VA claim will not necessarily abide by. The work of George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is subject to review and sanction by the State Bar. There is no professional body for you to turn to about a layperson representative who overcharges you or divulges confidential information about your claim.
  5. George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers charge a contingency fee for all legal services provided to disabled veterans. This means the fees we receive are based on our success for you. We want you to have ALL of the benefits the U.S. government owes you for your military service and sacrifice. This include all past-due benefits and, more important, money you and your family will continue to receive each month.
  6. Our contingency fees come directly from the VA, not out of your pocket. You do not have to come up with this payment, and the full VA benefit we obtain for you is not affected moving forward.
  7. As your veterans disability attorneys, after we ensure your VA benefit is what it should be, we will retain your files and be ready to assist when your situation and the benefits you deserve change. For many disabled vets, the VA disability claims process is ongoing as medical conditions deteriorate and multiply. As your needs change, we can ensure your reopened claim or claim for new benefits is handled as quickly and effectively as possible.

Get Experienced, VA-Accredited Assistance with Your Disability Claim

At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, our goal is to help disabled veterans obtain all of the benefits they deserve. We achieve this by working closely with vets and their families, gathering evidence that clearly supports their claims, and handling any and all complexities that may arise.

George Sink Sr. and his associates are known by the VA, and Gorge Sink is fully accredited by the VA as a veterans’ representative. Our veterans’ advocates are also thoroughly versed in the complex and voluminous VA regulations regarding disability claims and appealing improper claim decisions.

We have helped thousands of disabled veterans fight the VA bureaucracy to get the benefits they deserve. We are also military veterans ourselves. We know what you are going through.

You don’t have to go it alone. Call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today.