Pets in Estate Planning

Estate planning is for all members of the family – even the furry ones. Don’t forget your pets in estate planning. One way to take care of pets in estate planning is through a pet trust. Although often an overlooked part of an estate plan, ensuring that you pet will be taken care of is … Continued

Misdiagnosed by the VA Results-Hole in Spine

Brian Tally, a former SGT in the United States Marine Corps was severely injured due to the incompetence of several doctors and ER staff, at the VA hospital in Loma Linda, Ca. His misdiagnosis led to months of neglect and malpractice, that eventually nearly cost him his life. After nearly a year long battle with … Continued

VA Personality Disorder Disabilities

VA Personality Disorder Disabilities The Veteran’s Affairs Office diagnoses many veterans with personality disorders. A personality disorder, however, is not a recognized disability by the Veteran’s Affairs Office. In situations where a veteran’s behavior becomes abnormal or erratic, military physicians often diagnose a veteran with a personality disorder so that claims can be denied. In … Continued

Hearing Loss & Blindness Veterans Benefits

Veterans Benefits for Hearing Loss or Blindness Hearing loss & blindness are disabilities that deserve compensation through benefits.  A large number of veterans experience hearing loss and tinnitus or ringing in the ears. Other veterans experience vision loss or other eye-related problems. For each of these elements, it is vital for a veteran to establish … Continued

VA Form 21-4138

VA Form 21-4138 If the Veteran’s Affairs Office sends a veteran a request for additional information to support a claim or a more detailed explanation of an element in a person’s claim, the veteran file a Statement in Support of Claim or VA-Form 21-4138. These statements frequently include or describe the evidence that supports a … Continued

Common Reasons for SSDI Denial

Common Reasons for SSDI Denial Each year, millions of individuals file for SSDI and other types of disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Unfortunately, statistics reveal that only 30 percent of these claims are accepted. There are many reasons why the Social Security Administration denies an individual’s claims, but some of the most common … Continued

Decision Review Officer Hearings

Decision Review Officer Hearings A Decision Review Officer is an employee of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs who review certain types of appeals concerning veterans’ disability benefits. Obtaining a DRO review is much faster than appeal to the Bureau of Veterans Affairs. In handling a decision review officer hearing, however, individuals frequently find it essential … Continued

TDIU Claims

TDIU Claims   Many veterans experience conditions that significantly interfere with work but do not satisfy the Veterans’ Affairs definition of 100 percent disability. In these cases, Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TIDU) or Individual Unemployability (IU) claims provide the same types of compensation as 100 percent disability ratings to veterans when a veteran’s … Continued

VA Compensation Pension Exam

Veteran’s Administration Compensation Pension Exam The VA Compensation Pension Exam is a routine part of the Veteran’s Administration claims process. In some cases, individuals who have more than one injury or illness might even need to attend a Compensation and Pension Exam for each individual health condition. How VA Compensation Pension Exams Are Conducted VA compensation … Continued

Mental Consultative Examinations for SSDI Benefits

Mental Consultative Examinations for SSDI Benefits Some individuals who seek to obtain disability benefits are required by the Social Security Administration to participate in a Mental Consultative Examination to provide the evidence necessary for the Administration’s decision about the individual’s potential disability. As a result, individuals frequently find it essential to obtain the assistance an … Continued

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