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It is not unusual for disability ratings to be incorrect due to medical conditions worsening over time or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) assigning the wrong rating. However, if you believe your rating is wrong, you have options, such as requesting a VA rating increase. Unfortunately, the process of getting this rating changed can […]

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Today, countless Veterans remain unaware of the benefits they may be entitled to following their military service in the United States Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard, or Marines. These benefits can play a significant part in providing assistance in cases where the Veteran has suffered a service-related disability or injury or where a person […]

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) disability ratings are not always accurate, nor do they reflect a Veteran’s actual degree of disability. In fact, there are frequent complaints that these ratings are inaccurate because a Veteran’s condition has deteriorated or the VA assigned the wrong rating from the start. Unfortunately, getting a VA disability rating […]

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Veterans and their dependents could receive a possible cost of living adjustment (COLA) in 2024. The expected range of these adjustments will likely be anywhere between two to three percent, which is significantly lower than the nearly nine percent hike in 2023, and the almost six percent increase in 2022. The official rate will be […]

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The PACT Act is a recent law that aims to provide more extensive health care and benefits to Veterans who have been exposed to toxic substances, burn pits, and Agent Orange. Its purpose is also to ensure that Veterans and their survivors receive the specific care and benefits they have earned and deserve. However, to […]

Goodman Allen Donnelly attorneys, Nancy Foti and Keenan Danehey, spoke at the NOVA 2023 Spring Conference in Orlando, Florida last week about “Changing Lanes within the Appeals Modernization Act”. They discussed insightful points on strategy, scenarios when you would want to change lanes, and what to consider to be more effective when advocating for clients. NOVA […]

For many veterans, their individual or collective disabilities prevent them from working. In these scenarios, the VA can award compensation for total disability ratings based on unemployability of the individual, or TDIU. This is covered by 38 CFR § 4.16, and results in the veteran being paid at the 100% amount. To be awarded TDIU, […]

A Compensation and Pension (C&P) examination is a medical examination that the VA uses to determine whether and what disability benefits a veteran will receive. The VA uses these exams to determine whether service connection will be awarded and what rating will be assigned for a veteran’s disability. The exams are used during all stages […]

The VA has granted your claim for service connection. You should be done, right? You may want to take another look: there could be other issues you may need to appeal. The first step is identifying possible problems with your case. When the VA grants a claim for service connection, your primary concerns should be […]

The Board of Veterans’ Appeals denied the veteran’s claim for entitlement to service connection for a back disability.  The Veteran hired our office to appeal that denial to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Our office was able to favorably resolve this case at the Court through a Memorandum Decision.  While the VA […]