Making sure those who have served get the services they deserve.
Statistics show that far too many United States veterans fail to make use of the legal and honorable benefits owed to them. Some studies show that only about 50% of eligible veterans receive their legal benefits. Many veterans are simply not aware of what is due to them. Some find the claims process to be too difficult, confusing or intense.
We believe veterans and their families deserve all the services they are promised. Our New Jersey veterans disability lawyers, paralegals and secretaries work hard to assist veterans and their families in obtaining the full measure of their benefits.
If you have trouble getting what you deserve, we are here to help.
Our New Jersey Veterans Legal Services
Veteran Disability Claims & Appeals (C&P, DRO, BVA Appearances)
Dependent Compensation Claims
Health Care Enrollment
Real Estate Tax Deduction Assistance
Aid and Attendance Benefits
Veterans Disability Benefits Overview
What are the eligibility requirements for receiving veterans disability benefits?
There are two main types of VA disability benefits – service-connected and non-service connected. Service-connected veterans disability benefits are granted to veterans who sustained injuries or illnesses caused or worsened through service. Non service-connected benefits (also called a veterans pension) are granted to eligible veterans who served during wartime and qualify based on their age and financial need.
How is veterans disability compensation determined?
Compensation amounts for veterans disability claims vary and are determined by an official VA disability rating system, which ranges from 0-100% depending on the level and severity of the disability.
If a veteran is denied a disability claim, or if he or she receives an unfavorable compensation rating, an accredited veterans disability lawyer can represent him or her in filing a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) to appeal the claim and to work on his or her behalf to reach a desirable and efficient outcome.
If you have received an unfavorable VA disability benefit rating and wish to file a Notice of Disagreement, the New Jersey veterans disability lawyers at Singley, Gindele & Rinaldi are here to help ensure that you get the full benefits that you deserve. Call us at 856-429-3144.
What is the C&P exam and how do you prepare for it?
A C&P exam is a medical evaluation requested by the VA to help determine the severity of a veteran’s disability as it relates to his or her claim. The C&P exam, also called a VA claim exam, is typically conducted by a VA doctor at a VA medical center. After a veteran is granted disability benefits, a reexamination may periodically be requested.
A C&P exam is a vital part of the VA disability process because the outcome can result in an increase or reduction in benefits. The New Jersey veterans disability lawyers at Singley, Gindele & Rinaldi have experience in working to counter an unfair or unfavorable C&P exam, and reversing an unwanted C&P reexamination request.
What’s the difference between the DRO or BVA process?
There are two main options when appealing a veterans disability benefits claim: the DRO process or filing an appeal directly with the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). The DRO process often results in a swifter outcome than the traditional BVA process, and is therefore preferred as a first choice.
When a veteran selects the DRO process, a senior member of the appeals team at VA Regional Office (a Decision Review Officer ) reviews the claim as brand new (de novo). This can result in the overturning of a denied claim or an adjusted compensation rating.
A veteran may be requested to participate in a DRO appearance to obtain more evidence for their appeal, and an accredited VA attorney at Singley, Gindele & Rinaldi can support him or her in preparing for the appearance.
If the DRO process does not result in a favorable outcome for the veteran, the claim can still be transferred to the BVA (Board of Veterans’ Appeals) via the filing of a VA Form 9 without having to restart the appeal process.
The New Jersey veterans disability lawyers at Singley, Gindele & Rinaldi will work with veterans to understand and overcome denied disability claims and ensure all veterans and dependents are accurately applying for every qualifying benefits they deserve.
What benefits are available for veterans’ dependents?
Disabled veterans may be eligible for increased disability compensation if he or she has a spouse and/or dependents.
For deceased veterans, compensation may also be awarded to living dependents if the deceased veteran lost his or her life in service, or was disabled as a result of service, which is called Dependent and Indemnity Compensation (DIC).
Need-based benefits are also available for survivors of deceased wartime veterans, including a VA Survivors’ Pension and other educational and healthcare benefits.
The accredited New Jersey veterans disability lawyers at Singley, Gindele & Rinaldi can help veterans’ survivors appeal a denied claim and ensure they are accurately applying for all of the qualifying benefits they deserve.
What is Aid and Attendance Benefits?
The Aid and Attendance Benefit, also called housebound benefit, is extended to qualifying veterans and their surviving spouses to support the costs of necessary long-term medical care.
The accredited New Jersey veterans disability lawyers at Singley, Gindele & Rinaldi can help veterans and their spouses apply for Aid and Attendance Benefits.