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Dealing with any governmental agency can be a headache filled with unknowns and red tape. It seems the rules and regulations are always changing and the system is not set up to expeditiously move files. Black & Jones has almost three quarters of a century of combined experience in dealing with governmental agencies and bureaucracies. We know how to work through and within the system to advance our clients’ cases. Let us do the same for you!

Veterans of the United States Armed Forces, and their families, sacrifice so much for our country. But when they return to the home front, they are often disenfranchised and cut off from the vital support they need. When a veteran pays the ultimate cost with his/her life or body while serving our country, they deserve our respect and support. That is why Black & Jones began representing veterans seeking compensation benefits for service-connected disabilities. It is vital that our veterans get the benefits they deserve as quickly as possible. Call us today to see how we can help you!

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Key steps to file for VA Compensation Benefits

Getting started with a free consultation

Reach out to us as soon as you can. We’ll explain your options under the law and the best approach to successfully file or appeal your claim. When you’re comfortable, we’ll start making things happen. We offer a range of ways to connect including in-person meetings, telephonic meetings or virtual appointments using FaceTime, Microsoft Teams, Webex, Zoom, Google Meet, or whatever platform you are most comfortable using. 

Compiling medical evidence

This is a big part of the process. We must prove your condition causes a current disability for which you are seeking treatment. We must also show that the condition started while you were in the service or that it is connected to something which occurred while in service. Fortunately, since we’re here in Rockford and have been gathering medical evidence for so long, we know all the right people. With our local connections and strong reputation, we’ll help you get the evidence needed to substantiate your claim.

Filing your application and appeals

The application may look simple, but what you add as evidence when you submit the application can make all the difference in your claim. It is important to submit the right evidence to support that you have a service-connected disability that is causing a current condition. Filling out the application, which is a standard form provided by the VA, is the easy part. Knowing what to write and what to supplement the application with is the hard part. Leave that up to trusted attorneys who know what is needed to prove your claim.

If you are denied, which most veterans are, do not be discouraged. The type of appeal you file and how that appeal is written is crucial. Don’t leave that vital step to someone without experience. Hire a legal advocate who knows what they are doing so you have the best chance of prevailing. And know that the process can be long and daunting. It can take years for your claim to be moved through the system. But it is worth it in the end!

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