Veterans Disability Benefits - Successful Awards

Mustard Gas Exposure - Service Connection

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $258,332.06

Award Date: 2017

We assisted our client, a disabled Army veteran, in obtaining retroactive benefits at 100% service connection for Coronary Artery Disease, caused by Mustard Gas exposure. The veteran with his representative attended a BVA Hearing in South Carolina where the Judge remanded the case for a new exam based on new evidence and testimony presented at the hearing.

Summerville, SC

Agent Orange - Service Connection

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $309,396.24

Award Date: 2017

The veteran passed away prior to the resolution of his claim, but we were able to obtain an award of accrued benefits in the amount of $309,396.24 for the spouse. The benefits were awarded for service connection of disabilities related to Agent Orange.

Canfield, OH

Increased Rating

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $530,000 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $3,000 Per Month

Award Date: 2016

We assisted our client, a disabled Army veteran, in obtaining retroactive benefits at a 100% rating from 1994 to present. The veteran rated at 50% for the 22+ year active appeal and we were able to successfully show that he was improperly rated the entire time.

Greenfield, TN

Increased Rating

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $450,000 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $3,000 Per Month

Award Date: 2016

We assisted our client, a disabled Navy veteran, in obtaining retroactive benefits at a 100% rating from 1999 to present. The veteran rated at 30% for the 17 year active appeal and we were able to successfully show that he was improperly rated the entire time.

Stedman, NC

Earlier Effective Date

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $300,000 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $3,000 Per Month

Award Date: 2015

We assisted our client, a disabled Air Force veteran, in obtaining retroactive benefits at a 100% rating from 1998-2006. The veteran is paralyzed and in a wheelchair due to a cerebrovascular hemorrhage. He has a speech problem and is only able to speak one word. We also assisted this veteran prior to his award with two remands at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Wilson, NC

Homeless Veteran - Service Connection

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $285,000 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $3,000 Per Month

Award Date: 2016

We assisted this homeless disabled Army veteran by submitting a medical expert opinion proving his mental health condition was severely aggravated during the time of his service. Our client was granted 100% permanent and total.

Service Connection, Increased Ratings and TDIU

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $240,000 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is now Approx. $3,000 Per Month

Award Date: 2013, 2015 & 2017

We assisted our client, a disabled retired Air Force veteran, in obtaining retroactive benefits at a 100% rating from March 23, 2008 to present. We also assisted with multiple claims for service connection and increased ratings. We attended a Board of Veterans' Appeals hearing in July of 2015 where the attorney won an increased rating for mesenteric panniculitis (10%>60%) and additional remands for entitlement to TDIU and service connection for Sleep Apnea which were later awarded by the Regional Office on January 20, 2017 in addition to Special Monthly Compensation.

Warner Robins, GA

Earlier Effective Date - Increased Rating

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $215,500 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $3,000 Per Month

Award Date: 2014

We assisted our client, a disabled Army/Vietnam veteran, in obtaining 100% TDIU retroactively back to 5/11/2004. He was also awarded an increase for CAD from 30% to 60% effective 5/25/16.

Albertville, AL

Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU)

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $170,000 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $3,000 Per Month

Award Date: 2016

Our client, a disabled Marine veteran, received a gunshot wound to the head while in the service and suffered from PTSD and gunshot wound residuals including a fractured skull. Our firm obtained a medical opinion switching his diagnosis and rating from depressive neurosis to PTSD in addition to asking for 100% TDIU.

Pompano Beach, FL

Increased Rating

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $150,000 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $3,000 Per Month

Award Date: 2016

We assisted our client, a disabled Army/Vietnam veteran, in obtaining an increase from 30% to 100% effective 2/1/11 for coronary artery disease with myocardial infarction.

Salem, SC

TDIU - Service Connection

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $146,700 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $3,000 Per Month

Award Date: 2017

We assisted our client, a disabled Army veteran, in obtaining retroactive benefits at 100% service connection for TDIU, caused by his service connected disabilities. The veteran’s combined rating prior to his award for TDIU at 100% was 70%. The veteran with his representative attended a BVA Hearing in Virginia where the Judge granted TDIU at 100%.

Hampton, VA

Terminal Illness - Service Connection - Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $145,000 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $3,000 Per Month

Award Date: 2017

Our client, a disabled Marine veteran, has stage 4 cancer, which has metastasized to his liver, peritoneal, and lumbar spine. Veteran has confirmed exposure to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated drinking water. The veteran is currently in active treatment. Our firm was able to expedite his claim at the Board of Veterans' Appeals and received a BVA grant. Our firm submitted an argument with a medical nexus letter from the Chief of Oncology at the Cancer Treatment Center where the veteran treats.

West Covina, CA

Increased Rating

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $123,000 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $3,300 Per Month

Award Date: 2015

We assisted our client, a disabled Iraq Combat Army veteran, in obtaining an increase from 30% to 50% for PTSD effective 2011 and 100% for TDIU.

Fort Mill, SC

Increased Rating

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $120,000 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $2,600 Per Month

Award Date: 2015

We assisted our client, a disabled Army veteran, in obtaining an increased rating for PTSD with Major Depressive Disorder from 50% to 70% effective 3/25/09 and TDIU 100% granted effective 3/9/10.

Belton, SC

Increased Rating

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $104,000 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $3,000 Per Month

Award Date: 2017

We assisted our client, a disabled Army/ Gulf War veteran, in obtaining an increased PTSD rating from 70% to 100%, effective June 22, 2011, a temporary evaluation of 100% for a left knee sprain was assigned effective April 5, 2013. A 10% evaluation was assigned effective June 1, 2013. Entitlement to special monthly compensation was also granted effective May 7, 2012.

Spring, TX

Agent Orange - Service Connection

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $100,000 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $3,100 Per Month

Award Date: 2015 and 2017

We assisted our client, a disabled Army/Vietnam veteran, in obtaining service connection for the following due to herbicide exposure to Agent Orange: diabetes mellitus Type II 20%, peripheral neuropathy right lower extremity 20%, peripheral neuropathy left lower extremity 20%, depressive disorder increased from 30% to 50%, left knee patellofemoral syndrome increased from 0% to 10%, right knee patellofemoral syndrome increased from 0% to 10%, prostate cancer increased from 0% to 20%.
We also assisted the veteran in obtaining a 100% TDIU rating effective in 2015.

Goldsboro, NC

Earlier Effective Date

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $90,000 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $2,900 Per Month

Award Date: 2015

We assisted our client, a disabled Marine Corps veteran, in obtaining TDIU that was granted effective on 3/17/10.

Cordova, NC

Earlier Effective Date - Increased Rating

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $80,000 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $3,000 Per Month

Award Date: 2014

We assisted our client, a disabled Navy/Vietnam veteran, in obtaining TDIU effective 9/15/10 and an increased rating for PTSD from 50% to 70%.

Sanford, NC

Earlier Effective Date

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $71,000 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $3,000 Per Month

Award Date: 2015

We assisted our client, a disabled Air Force veteran, in obtaining 100% TDIU effective 8/20/10; combined rating of 80% for migraines, asthma and keratoconus.

Kingstree, SC

PTSD - Service Connection

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $60,600 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $860 Per Month

Award Date: 2014

We assisted our client, a disabled Army National Guard veteran, in obtaining service connected PTSD rated at 50% effective on 06/09/09.

Wortham, TX

PTSD - Service Connection

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $51,000 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $1,250 Per Month

Award Date: 2014

We assisted our client, a disabled Army combat veteran, in obtaining retroactive benefits at a 50% rating from 2007 to present. The veteran served in Iraq during Desert Storm. We represented this veteran at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims where we won a remand back to the Agency of Original Jurisdiction. The veteran was granted service connection and 50% for PTSD. The veteran’s PTSD was related to fear of hostile or terrorist activity and the VA failed to apply the new regulation amendment concerning this.

Lake City, SC

Colon Cancer - Service Connection
Secondary to Diabetes Mellitus Caused by Agent Orange

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $50,000 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $3,000 Per Month

Award Date: 2015

We assisted our client, a disabled Army/Vietnam veteran, in obtaining service connection for colon cancer with 100% rating effective 9/2/11. Secondary to Diabetes Mellitus II caused by Agent Orange herbicide exposure in Vietnam. We obtained multiple medical opinions from the veteran’s head oncologist at Duke countering the VA Compensation and Pension examiner’s opinion. The veteran was terminally ill when we first accepted his case and his cancer had metastasized to other vital organs.

Hampstead, NC

Earlier Effective Date

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $44,400 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $2,900 Per Month

Award Date: 2014

We assisted our client, a Navy veteran, in obtaining entitlement to individual unemployability granted effective July 12, 2011.

Kingman, AZ

Terminal Illness - Service Connection

Award: Retroactive Veteran’s Disability Benefits $37,500 and Veteran’s Monthly Compensation is Approx. $3,000 Per Month

Award Date: 2017

Our client, a disabled Army veteran, claimed her Stage 4 mantel cell lymphoma (life expectancy 8 years) was caused by or related to the Gulf War & exposure to hazardous chemicals (dioxin, uranium, burn pits). She is receiving stem cell transplants and chemotherapy. The veteran was awarded 100% for mantel cell lymphoma and is currently in active treatment. Our firm was able to expedite this claim with a Decision Review Officer based on Terminal Illness and had fast results. (Appeal date 10/21/16, Argument mailed 5/31/17, Informal DRO Conference 6/2/17, Award date 9/8/17).

Cary, NC

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

Award: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Retroactive Benefits $25,000 and DIC Monthly Compensation is Approx. $1,400 Per Month

Award Date: 2017

We assisted the widow of a disabled Army veteran with her DIC Compensation. In her case, the VA misinterpreted US Code of Federal Regulations §3.22(c) where the veteran’s spouse is entitled to an additional allowance under 38 USC § 1311(a)(2): "if, at the time of the veteran’s death, the Veteran was in receipt of, or entitled to receive, compensation for an service connected disability rated totally disabling (including a rating based on individual unemployability) for a continuous period of at least eight years immediately preceding death, and the surviving spouse was married to the veteran for those same eight years. The veteran was receiving 100% based on individual unemployability at the time of his death.

Charlotte, NC