Disabled Veterans to Receive Expedited Social Security Disability Decisions
March 25th, 2014|
Veterans considered disabled due to injuries or conditions directly related to their service to our country are entitled to medical benefits from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). They may also be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, a lack of communication and cooperation between the two agencies has resulted in reports of veterans struggling to access both kinds of benefits.
That is why the U.S Department of Defense recently announced soldiers and veterans considered 100 percent disabled by the VA will be placed on a list to have their Social Security Disability claim placed on a fast-track process for approval. Experts say that while being placed in the line for expedited processing doesn’t guarantee an approval on a claim, it could significantly cut the amount of time a claimant will have to wait for a decision to be reached in their case.
In order to have their named placed on the list for expedited claims, veterans simply need to include their VA notification letter in order to show proof of their disability rating.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of how confusing the laws can be surrounding veterans disability benefits and encourage anyone considering applying for benefits to talk to an attorney.