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VA Disability Lawyer in OklahomaOur attorneys at Ash Law are committed to assisting veterans and their families to recover the benefits that they need and deserve. We know that it is a complex process to obtain benefits and multiple appeals are often necessary. Our law firm handles many kinds of veterans benefits claims, including survivor benefits, disability benefits, employment benefits, vocational rehabilitation educational benefits, health care, life insurance, home loans, pensions, and compensation.

If you have been denied death benefits or disability benefits, our veterans’ benefits lawyers might be able to assist you with appealing the decision. To learn more about how we can assist you in obtaining the benefits that you deserve, just fill out our no-obligation, free case review form and one of our attorneys will review your case and get in contact with you.

Why Do I Need To Hire a Lawyer?

Trying to appeal denied claims for a disability rating, death benefits, or disability benefits is a very complex process that is subject to thousands of laws and regulations. It is not expected that people who have been denied benefits will be able to understand these statutes by themselves. A lawyer can help to ensure the claimant meets all critical deadlines that the regulations outline, and also collect additional medical documents and records to provide further support for their claim. A veterans’ benefits lawyer can also help claimants avoid making mistakes which can delay their claims unnecessarily. Even if there are no complications, it can still take several hundred days before a final decision is received.

Denied Benefits: How Our Lawyers Can Assist You With Your VA Claim

If you were denied benefits, the lawyer you choose to work with can make a huge difference between receiving the right disability compensation rating and appropriate compensation, and your claim being denied once again. The most difficult aspect of receiving compensation is often proving that the disability of a veteran is connected to their military service. Our attorneys at Ash law have extensive experience with reviewing medical records. We use our experience to assist our clients to ensure they receive the benefits that they need and deserve.

Qualifying for Veterans Disability Benefits

There are four main requirements to be eligible for benefits:

  • The applicant is required to be a veteran;
  • The applicant is required to have a medical condition currently;
  • The applicant is required to have sustained a disease or injury that occurred during their military service;
  • The current disability of the applicant must relate to their time of military duty (including conditions or diseases that were exacerbated during their service).

Receiving disability benefits often is based on whether or not a veteran can prove that his or her illness or injury was related to their military service. In order to demonstrate that a disability is related to their service, the records of the veteran must contain these elements: a medical diagnosis of their current disability; medical evidence of the aggravation or development of an injury or disease while in service; and medical proof that there is a connection between the in-service disease or injury and the disability they currently have.

Disability Rating Percentages

Once the VA has reviewed an application, a rating decision is issued through the VA Regional Office where the claim was filed. The total benefits that are received by a veteran are based on the determination of the VA of the veteran’s percentage of disability. The percentages may range from 10 percent up to 100 percent and can pay a veteran from $129 to over $3,000 per month depending on how many dependents the veteran has and their disability rate. These benefits are tax-free, and people can receive both veteran’s disability and Social Security Disability (SSDI, SSD) at the same time, without any offset.

The disability ratings range from 10 percent up to 100 percent (full disability) and provide the following monthly disability payments. The figures (effective 12/12) represent only the benefits for the individual. It doesn’t factor in potential dependents which increase the total benefit amount.

100 percent – $2816
90 percent – $1689
80 percent – $1503
70 percent – $1293
60 percent – $1026
50 percent – $810
40 percent – $569
30 percent – $395
20 percent – $255
10 percent – $129

The VA states that veterans who receive a 30 percent or higher disability rating and obtain additional allowances for their dependents, which includes any children under 18 years old; children 18 to 23 years old who are in school still; minor children who have a disability that makes them incapable of supporting themselves; spouses; and dependent parents. Those additional benefits amounts are based on the type and number of dependents in addition to the disability rating percentage. Percentages for Veterans who have Multiple Disabilities

Whenever a veteran suffers from having multiple service-related diseases or disabilities, a special formula is used for establishing the person’s total disability rating level. The first thing that the VA does is rank the disabilities from the most severe down to the least severe. Next, they examine the disability that is the most serious to determine how efficient a veteran can be.

For example, if the most severe disability that a veteran has is assigned at 30 percent by the VA, that means the veteran is still considered to be 70 percent efficient. The VA will then consider the disability that is the second most serious. If the second disability of a veteran is deemed to be at a 10 percent rating, then 10 percent of the 70 percent efficiency that remains is evaluated. The number is 7 percent in this case. It is added to the original 30 percent disability rating and equals 37 percent. The number is then rounded down or up. The veteran in this example would be considered to be 40 percent disabled.

VA Disability Rating Changes

After a disability rating is received by a veteran, there are certain situations where the VA is allowed to change it. The VA might require a re-exam six months after a veteran has left military service, and then follow-up re-exams in two to five years in order to determine whether or not the disability exits still or its severity has been reduced.

Often the exams are used if it is expected that the veteran’s disability will improve, there has been evidence presented that indicates the disability has changed, or the person’s current disability rating percentage is not right. In those situations, a veteran’s benefits might be completely stopped or reduced.

There are also several situations where a veteran’s disability rating may not be reduced. For example, if a veteran has been given a 100 percent disability rating that cannot be reduced unless a re-exam is ordered by the VA or there is evidence that shows that a veteran is able to maintain a job for a period of 12 consecutive months and is exhibiting “material improvement” in their emotional and physical well-being.

Also, if the veteran has received benefits for over twenty years, and suffers from a total and permanent disability, their disability rating cannot be reduced. The VA is allowed to order a re-exam if the veteran has received benefits for more than two decades for a disability that is not “total” or “permanent.” However, their benefits cannot drop below their original compensation level. For example, if a 60 percent disability rating percentage is received by a veteran and he receives benefits for twenty years in a row, but a re-exam shows he is just 40 percent disabled, then his benefits cannot be lower than the rate that is connected to the 60 percent rating.

How To Appeal Veterans Disability Benefits

The VA rates most disabilities at 20 percent or lower. Whenever a veteran thinks their disability rating is too low, an appeal can be filed. If benefits are denied by the VA or compensate a claimant inadequately, an appeal of this ruling can be filed (VA Form 9 and Notice of Disagreement). To prepare for their appeal, the veteran is required to go to the VA medical facility where they had their pension and compensation physical.

The applicant should then get in touch with the Freedom of Information office to receive a copy of their doctor’s report. If the physician’s report does not describe the disability accurately, the VA can be contacted in writing by the veteran to ask for another medical examination and to explain why they believe their condition has not been documented accurately. Another option is the veteran can see their own doctor in order to get another medical report and send it to the VA. The VA might order a re-exam in those cases.

At the same time that the Notice of Disagreement is filed, or after a decision at this step is reached, a veteran can request a decision review officer (DRO) review or a traditional appellate review. The office is not involved in determining the disability rating of the veteran and conducts his or her own review instead. A DRO can only review ratings that have not been finalized yet. A DRO only can increase a rating unless an egregious and clear mistake was made in assigning a higher than warranted disability rating.

If a claimant does not agree with the decision that the DRO has rendered, it can be further appealed to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). A claimant is allowed to bring a representative (non-profit, company, attorney, etc.) to this meeting. If a claimant is once again denied, it can be appealed one more time to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Between each of those steps, there are just small windows of time. If those time limits are not met by a service member, they might end up being ineligible to receive benefits.

Survivor Benefits

A wide range of services and benefits are offered by the VA for deceased veterans’ dependent children, spouses, and dependent parents. Those benefits include:

  • Life Insurance Proceeds
  • Home Loan Guaranty
  • Health Care
  • Education and Training
  • Death Pension
  • Dependency and Indemnity
  • Compensation (DIC)
  • Parents’ Dependency and Indemnity
  • Compensation
  • Burial-Related Benefits
  • Exchange and Commissary Privileges
  • Civil Service Preference
  • Education Program Refund

Ash Law is among the country’s top social security law firms. We handle claims for personal injury disputes, workers’ compensation, social security, and a number of other practice areas. We take great pride in providing these resources to assist our veterans. If your claim has been denied, we might be able to assist you.

Our veterans’ benefits attorneys have earned the reputation of advocating effectively for veterans and their families, and we are honored to help with these claims. Fill out our free case review form to learn more and to contact our lawyers today.

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We applied for disability several times without success. We were frustrated and contacted Mr. Ash for help! We cannot begin to tell how helpful Mr. Ash and staff were. We supplied what they asked for and complied with requests and they handled the rest! We wholeheartedly recommend using Mr. Ash for help with difficult social security matters!
Connie Tharp
Connie Tharp
14:19 24 Jun 22
Mr. Ash and his staff was wonderful!!! Anytime I had a question, they were so nice and explained everything in detail. You need a disability lawyer he is the best!! Without him I would not have won my case!!
Tony Hackney
Tony Hackney
20:57 21 Jun 22
Ash law firm was very helpful with any questions we had, they explained everything that was going to happen in great detail so that we would understand, they told us what all we would needed to have meaning paperwork Dr notes Dr films etc. If we got something in the mail we didn't understand all we had to do was call an they would explain it. They were always polite. They went above an beyond to help us. They were always there if something came up always ready available if we needed to talk in person. They always listened to our questions an concerns about the case. They were reasonably priced. They were very hard working . Mr ash was an amazing lawyer as was his staff an I would highly recommend his service to anyone needing a lawyer .
david Inkelaar
david Inkelaar
23:26 17 May 22
I give Mr Ash and the staff a 5 star rating they took care of everything for me in reguards to my disability case I couldn't have been more pleased...I would recommend this law firm to anyone ..They were always ready to answer my questions and were prompt to return my phone calls ...It was a pleasant experience working with them...In my opinion they go above and beyond for their clients..
Barbara moore
Barbara moore
03:19 10 May 22
Scott Ash helped me get my SSDI approved. It’s a difficult time to get approved on your own. The staff and Mr Ash were there for me, any and every time I had questions or concerns about my case. I wouldn’t use anyone else. The professionalism they brought and attention to my needs as a client, helped me relax and make it through. I can’t thank them enough. If you need help then you should definitely contact Ash Law in Tulsa. You will be glad you did.
Ronda Taylor
Ronda Taylor
19:33 13 Apr 22
I just had the best experience with Mr. Scott Ash as mydisability attorney! Never having done anything like this,Mr. Ash and his staff made everything very simple, andcomfortable. Of course, with Scott at the helm, I won my case. I've dealt with 3 other attorneys in Tulsa, and none of them treated me with courtesy. Mr. Ash always made me feel at ease, and I was able to drop theanxiety that I came into his office with.If you are interested in hiring someone who has the experience and professionalism to win for you, all the while letting you feel like you are part of his team,Scott Ash is your guy! I wholeheartedly recommendthat you give him a call, and see if you find what I did.
None Of
None Of
17:33 06 Apr 22
Ash Law was wonderful dealing with my disability case! Super professional and really wants to help others when dealing with cases like this. Thankful for the great help and making me feel welcomed. They took care of everything and helped me win my case. Wonderful people!
Carl Oakley
Carl Oakley
20:10 18 Mar 22
If you're in need of an attorney for help with social security disability or worker's compensation you NEED to call Ash Law! I can't recommend them strongly enough. They're not just good at their job, they genuinely want to help. They didn't just help me, they patiently answered all my questions without talking down to me. Everyone I had any contact with was really nice. I really just can't say enough good things about them especially Scott and Melanie!!
skee olmstead
skee olmstead
13:00 09 Mar 22
Never got a call back
Joy Smith
Joy Smith
17:48 28 Feb 22
They are going to try to help me i hope they can
James vale the second Iloveandmissyouson
James vale the second Iloveandmissyouson
21:55 25 Feb 22
My daughter, Ashley had been denied her disability claim for a couple of years now. Then we hired Ash Law to represent her. They all worked so hard for her! They got important records, that we couldn't get. They fought for my daughter's disability claim. My daughter just WON her disability claim, because of Ash Law! We are so satisfied with absolutely everything, that Ash Law did! I highly recommend them! Thanks again, Laura Jean, and Ashley. 😊
Laura Jean Medlin
Laura Jean Medlin
21:41 18 Feb 22
I want to thank ASH LAW FIRM for being the best lawyer in tulsa for helping me and making it seem so much easier then everybody is making it!
Brian Henson
Brian Henson
23:59 20 Jan 22
Mr. Ash and his staff are professional, kind, knowledgeable and respectful! Ash Law Firm is the reason I was granted my Social Security Disability! I am happy I chose them to represent me!
Bridgett Taylor
Bridgett Taylor
15:37 20 Jan 22
Ash Law Firm helped me win my disability case and keep myself from being homeless. He is excellent at what he does and I thank him immensely for all his work. I'm going through a review and it's scaring me, but his office has been great about reassurance and calming me down 🙏
Lauren Wilkinson
Lauren Wilkinson
07:18 11 Jan 22
Scott has been my lawyer since 2018. I was unsure of all the laws governing work comp and social security, Scott was very informative and went thru all the laws with me from day one. He kept in touch with me every step of the way, If I ever had a question about anything he or his assistant would get back with me usually the same day. He was never unavailable to me or my questions. In short I would recommend his law firm for any work comp or social security needs you might have. In my case Scott won both of my cases. He and his firm are like family to me. If you ever have any doubts about what your rights are and how to go about getting the process started give them a call they know.
Steve Russell
Steve Russell
17:28 31 Dec 21
Ash law has literally changed and saved my life i was in fear of being homeless not sure of my future and most of all not being the father i should have been but now I can support daughter not worry about the future and it's all thanks to Ash law thank you for fighting for me and thank you guys from the bottom of my heart ❤
Bobby Dunn
Bobby Dunn
22:49 20 Dec 21
Loved the staff and I trusted them with all the small details. They made the entire process of applying for social security so easy. Thankful to have them on my side.
karin woodruff
karin woodruff
18:44 17 Nov 21
Ash Law handled my SSI case. They were very professional throughout the entire process, and saw me through from the very beginning until the case was won. They handled everything possible with very little interaction on my part. I would recommend Ash Law to anyone seeking a professional competent law firm to handle their case.
Jag Love
Jag Love
04:37 01 Nov 21
My experience with Attorney Scott Ash and team was that of professionalism his staff is friendly and knowledgeable they all work hard to get pleasing results
Sally Rose
Sally Rose
00:59 06 Oct 21
Wonderful to work with answered all questions, they got my file late and jumped through hoops to get all up dated information. There right there through it all strongly recommend
Tina Martin
Tina Martin
19:13 01 Oct 21
I have heard horror stories about dealing with SSA for disability and with my age it was going to be even worse. Fortunately, Scott Ash and his team took the needed attention to my case and it was successful within the first hearing. Considering I am under 50, that is amazing!!!! P. Baker
Wooden Tiger
Wooden Tiger
18:11 30 Sep 21
They are great at keeping their clients happy
J L
J L
15:29 07 Sep 21
Am a very satisfied customer ...I will highly recommend...MR. MICHAEL SCOTT ASH.best lawyer in TULSA. For S.S.THANKS
Maria Martinez
Maria Martinez
16:23 23 Aug 21
Thank You Scott and Melonie for your guidance and readership. I Appreciate your help in my case.
Monice Ballard
Monice Ballard
16:57 15 May 21
robert flynn
robert flynn
06:15 03 May 21
Very professional. Front secretary very nice.
Lois Matthews
Lois Matthews
00:15 24 Apr 21
Could not have asked for a better attorney. I was referred to Scott by a family member. Scott was very good at keeping me informed and letting me know where we were in the process. If I received something from Social Security one day, I received something from Scott letting me know what it was. At one point I wanted to give up, but Scott wouldn't let me and it has paid off. I am grateful to both Scott and Melanie.
tdub warren
tdub warren
21:36 15 Mar 21
Great attorney cares for his clients very responsive communicate very well
mike wasson
mike wasson
21:17 11 Mar 21
I Highly recommend Ash Law firm, they have worked very hard for me and the outcome has always paid off, I have used them in the past and recently had to file for my social security disability. I have always heard how long it takes and Frustrating waiting for approval is that I must say how surprised I was when I was approved so soon, I applied in May 2020 and receive benefits started this March 2021 their office showed me so much professionalism concern and respect that I truly recommend them, they are the best, on top of their game and very caring I don’t think that you could find a better set of attorneys or paralegals in Oklahoma T. Miller
Tania Miller
Tania Miller
16:49 23 Feb 21
The whole process was amazing fast and I highly recommend him! I couldn't have picked a better lawyer. From the time I started and the time I was approved for disability once starting with mr.ash it only took me about a year .I will t s ll my family and friends about him🙂🙂
Stacey Smith
Stacey Smith
11:36 02 Feb 21
I am very pleased with Ash Law. The took my case, worked hard on it, and won. Both Scott and his receptionist are very knowledgeable, and friendly. The could answer every question I had. I highly recommend Ash Law.
Karla Wilt
Karla Wilt
20:44 18 Jan 21
I highly recommend Ash Law Firm, Scott and his staff are very professional and they worked hard on my case and won. Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication.
Joyce Blue
Joyce Blue
16:06 03 Dec 20
Good place get help.
Dale Thompson
Dale Thompson
14:46 03 Dec 20
Jolene Ball
Jolene Ball
00:09 06 Nov 20
Melody Glover
Melody Glover
19:02 14 Oct 20
I had no help at all trying to get my benefits for years until l called Ash law firm and from the first call it was a great experience he helped me get everything l needed I'm glad l called him because I'd still be stuck without any help so if anyone needs help getting what you deserve call Ash Law firm he get you what you need highy recomend and will have him represent me again if needed..
Deyon Wilson
Deyon Wilson
14:27 14 Oct 20
Scott Ash and his secretary are the best ,they help me understand what was going on with my social security case when i was really frustrated and at my WITS END and didnt know what to do.I was denied several times Scott and company took over and now im approved...THANK YOU ASH LAW FIRM....Teresa
Teresa Jones
Teresa Jones
00:50 14 Oct 20
i have a question im new and was wandering if your doc signs for your mental condition mine wont can i still be approved because I hope so im nervos.i have mental illnesses.
Billy The kid
Billy The kid
02:20 08 Oct 20
Racheal Ellis
Racheal Ellis
02:03 06 Oct 20
Attorney Scott Ash and his team handled the case of a chronically and severely ill family member. It was a complex disability case. He and his team go the extra mile. He read hundreds of medical documents and knew the situation and the case thoroughly. We had engaged two other disability specialist attorneys before Mr. Ash. Thankfully, we encountered Mr. Ash and his great team. And that made all the difference.
GnJ VB
GnJ VB
16:26 24 Aug 20
Tonyea Sutton
Tonyea Sutton
22:17 30 Jul 20
Mr.Ash helped me with my case an I won thank you so much me.ash Anna perryman
Anna Madron
Anna Madron
22:15 23 Jun 20
From the beginning the staff was always very curtious. Mr Ash answered all my questions and concerns about the case. Always keept me on the loop and informed. To my overall expectency was very happy with the service.
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