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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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I hired Ash Law to handle my Social Security Disability case. I highly recommend them to anyone filing for Disability. I waited to hire them for 2 years after I applied. This was a mistake. I should have hired them from the beginning. Don't wait to hire them until your first denial. Hire them before you apply. Scott is very experienced and knowledgeable. Monica is fantastic. She is professional, extremely helpful and friendly. You can trust Ash to do a great job for you. Don't hesitate to call them now.
Trt
Trt
19:13 29 Apr 24
Scott and his employees are AWESOME!! I highly recommend him for your social security attorney! He knows his stuff! He goes deep into your medical history and knows what to hit on during your appeal! My wife used him a few years back and when it was my turn we never even thought about using a different attorney!! HIRE SCOTT, you won’t be disappointed!!
Gregory Galatian
Gregory Galatian
18:16 20 Apr 24
The Ash Law Firm handled my Social Security claim very professionally from start to finish. Mr Ash knows his business! Anytime I had a question both Scott or Monica always answered immediately. They really care!Thanks so much for your service!
Reese Skinner
Reese Skinner
19:26 18 Apr 24
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Rhondia
Rhondia
15:26 22 Mar 24
The employee's/lawyers,etc are very prompt and hospitable .They answer all my questions and concerns .so great
Christy Ward
Christy Ward
01:34 11 Mar 24
Ash Law filed my disability claim and took me through a couple of the appeals process until I was forced to relocate out of Oklahoma and move back in with my family in Kentucky. Very professional and diligent law firm that got the job done as I was awarded a favorable decision. Would highly recommend to anyone filing for disability benefits in the Tulsa area! The process with Social Security is a slow one but Scott will get it done!
Todd Grizzle
Todd Grizzle
02:32 27 Feb 24
I tried for two (three?) years for my disability and was denied twice. I called Ash Law Firm and Scott took care of my case. He got my case approved. I wish I had called him the first time. Thank you.
Carol
Carol
17:02 17 Jan 24
Shawna Nelson
Shawna Nelson
16:12 27 Dec 23
I had been fighting for my disability for 5 years and Scott Ash was amazing. They helped me get my disability. He is very knowledgeable. The staff was great and I never felt uneasy about the process.
Robyn Mattingly
Robyn Mattingly
19:46 12 Nov 23
Scott Ash at ash law firm is amazing. He is extremely knowledgeable about disability law and is so nice to talk to. If you are in need of a disability attorney, Scott is the one to pick. I love Ash law firm.
Hil Dol
Hil Dol
14:31 08 Nov 23
Kathleen Robinson
Kathleen Robinson
02:55 22 Oct 23
Monica and Scott work hard to get my case approved in no time at all after another law firm passed me from lawyer to lawyer with no results for years. At Ash Law Firm they were professional, kind, and compassionate. Would highly recommend.
Rebecca Isbell
Rebecca Isbell
20:05 19 Oct 23
Ash Lawfirm is the absolute best!!! I am so very very thankful i chose them. Was denied disability for over 4 years with a previous attorney but Ash Lawfirm got it approved in less than 2 months! 🥲 Truly life changing and im sincerely grateful!! Would give more stars if allowed. Thank you Ash Law!! 🥲❤️🥲❤️🥲❤️🥲❤️🥲❤️🥲Laura Renteria
Laura Renteria
Laura Renteria
15:52 05 Oct 23
When no one else would help me Scott Ash did! I'm both grateful and thankful for everything he and his team did for me. If there were 10 stars he would receive them. I have struggled and stressed for several years and last year found Mr. Ash. When I reached out by email HE responded not an assistant. I knew then I wouldn't have to stress anymore. But when I did his secretary always calmed me down. Any time I had questions. She was there! Trust me if you need help. Call Ash Law. Thank you.
Cheri Cunningham
Cheri Cunningham
18:10 01 Oct 23
I couldn't have chosen a better lawyer, Ash law Firm. I live in Okc but ,I heard so much about him out of Tulsa, ok, he started immediately, on my case, staff kept me informed , they were very nice, never a Long wait , and explained, and worked hard for you..I would recommend Scott Ash Law Firm Today and any day. Ty so much
Sheila Gant
Sheila Gant
23:04 29 Sep 23
I love them they help me win my case I'm so thankful for them to have as my lawyer thank u ash/law if y'all need a lawyer call ash/law they real good to have a lawyer
Deon Commander
Deon Commander
16:45 05 Sep 23
Great communication
Angela Smith
Angela Smith
21:28 27 Aug 23
Everything went very well. I got what I needed!
Shannon Carpenter
Shannon Carpenter
14:26 07 Aug 23
Geeat
Kevin Dodd
Kevin Dodd
20:55 25 Jul 23
I originally applied for disability in 2020. I was rejected twice before I called Ash Law. Ash Law won my case and got me back pay from 2020. I should have called them first.
Joan Anderson
Joan Anderson
19:58 08 Jul 23
I've been trying to get approved for over 2 years alone but with Scott Ash as my attorney it was a LOT less work and they were able to get it done very easy.....all and all it was a great experience.
Marcus Jackson
Marcus Jackson
18:20 29 Jun 23
Ash Law is the best.
Callaway John
Callaway John
16:10 09 Jun 23
The attorney actually took the time on a Sunday to speak with me which is a first. He gave me tons of info and options and look forward to using him as my attorney in the future!
Edward Veliz
Edward Veliz
06:49 06 Jun 23
Robert Harrison
Robert Harrison
01:02 20 May 23
Always very clean.
kenesha washington
kenesha washington
04:19 21 Apr 23
My wife and I didn’t have a clue where to start in her claim. Ash Law Firm took her by the hand and worked with her 1 on 1. Through the Grace of God, Ash Law Firm guided my wife to victory. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
John Glenn
John Glenn
17:55 03 Apr 23
IF you are looking for the best Social Security, Disability lawyer, I highly recommend Ash law firm. I had to switch lawyers it was the best decision I made. Ash law was professional and worked in a timely manner. The staff was very friendly and kept me informed on what was going on. Look no further Ash law firm is the best.
Zeeda Glenn
Zeeda Glenn
07:09 03 Apr 23
Ash law was a pleasure to work with and Mr. Ash was amazing and was on top of my case from the beginning. highly recommend!
loren chamras
loren chamras
21:10 30 Mar 23
Wonderful people. Helped me through the entire process with great communication. Thank you !
Alex Floyd
Alex Floyd
16:38 07 Mar 23
I really appreciate all you have done to win my case! I'm so very appreciative! Thank you so much!
Amy Graham
Amy Graham
20:28 22 Feb 23
Tomika Verser
Tomika Verser
04:56 18 Feb 23
I can’t thank these folks enough. My case was virtually Un-winnable but they totally came through where nobody else could!! Thank you Monica and thank you Mr. Ash, you all are life savers!!! PICK THEM!!!!
Chelle Burnett
Chelle Burnett
16:11 15 Feb 23
Thank you so much for everything, you all were very helpful in guiding me through this process. I recommend Ash Law to anyone needing help with disability they are amazing!
Brittany Honeycutt
Brittany Honeycutt
22:10 14 Feb 23
Scott Ash came highly recommended to me for my disability case. They are very professional and friendly. It took less time than I thought and he won my case for me! Thank you Ash Law firm!!! I would recommend Scott Ash to anyone!
Shonda Klingaman
Shonda Klingaman
21:57 18 Jan 23
I was recommended to Ash Law for my Disability claim. Scot and his staff made everything as easy as possible and were always there to answer any questions. I highly recommend.
Michael Cox
Michael Cox
20:04 11 Jan 23
Scott Ash did a excellent job on my case yes we had a few hiccups along the way but nothing major a very well representative of the legal community if I was you I would definitely go with Ash law firm he will definitely put forth his best effort to get you your disability thank you thank you Ash law firm you guys did a great job
Robert Shane
Robert Shane
16:26 11 Jan 23
She answered all of my questions Very friendly I would recommend this place in a minute
Jesse Greenwald
Jesse Greenwald
14:07 07 Jan 23
Great people to have your back ! Mr ash and his assistant are very knowledgeable and help you understand everything from day one untill the end I would recommend them to anyone needing a disability attorney my thanks to them !
James Underwood
James Underwood
21:02 15 Dec 22
I was searching for a good attorney to fight my denial and came across them and they are so friendly and after my second appeal we are doing a video call before the disability judge and they feel I have the proof to be approved and I believe them I truly feel these people are the one's you need!!!
Deborah Sherman
Deborah Sherman
06:09 25 Nov 22
Very competent and very helpful law firm. All questions and concerns were answered, and some records that I was unable to obtain from the federal government, they got!
Steven Jackson
Steven Jackson
19:14 03 Nov 22
Scott and his staff were great and helped me get a great outcome. ☺️
Tabatha Yager
Tabatha Yager
20:38 28 Oct 22
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