April 28th, 2015|
When members of our nation’s armed forces are injured in the line of duty, they may be entitled to veterans disability benefits. However, the Birmingham veterans disability attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers explain that hundreds of thousands of former and current service members are awaiting decisions on their claims.
One Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) office reported a backlog of roughly 31,000 veterans’ claims, with individuals waiting an average of 312 days for a decision.
Problems like these have prompted the VA to take corrective action. According to 12 News Now, the VA has pledged to begin a review of policies and procedures to help ensure veterans are receiving the benefits and care they deserve.
VA officials announced they would be reexamining strategies for improving productivity, such as requiring employees to work overtime and procedural systems that encourage workers to use shortcuts to complete tasks. Replacing top management positions at problematic offices is being considered as well.
Officials hope resolutions can be implemented within a 180 day time frame.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, we recognize the struggles many veterans face in order to receive the care they deserve. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury lawyers are here to help if your claim for veterans disability benefits was denied. Give us a call at (800) 477-7510 to get help now.
November 4th, 2014|
Thousands of former members of our nation’s armed forces are in need of financial and medical disability benefits. Yet, many wait years—or even decades—for the care and support they so desperately need.
To help citizens of Alabama get the veterans disability benefits, one organization known as Assisted Senior Benefits will soon be holding a seminar to help elderly veterans get the benefits they are entitled to. Reports indicate the seminar will take place on Monday, Nov. 10, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Country Place Senior Living of Winfield and on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Country Place Senior Living of Hamilton.
According to an article from Al.com, volunteers will help elderly veterans complete the paperwork and documentation that’s needed to apply for veterans benefits. Experts say veterans may qualify for as much as $2,000 a month in payments.
Those who are interested in attending one of the events is encouraged to reserve a spot. This can be achieved by calling (205) 487-1180 to attend the Winfield event or by dialing (205) 921-0083 to sign up for the Hamilton event.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, our Birmingham personal injury lawyers understand the struggles that can accompany filing for veterans disability benefits. That’s why we encourage any veterans struggling to receive benefits to consider attending this upcoming event.
July 29th, 2014|
Tens of thousands of veterans in Alabama are unable to work and eligible for Alabama veterans disability benefits. Unfortunately, many of these individuals fail to reach out for assistance. One of the reasons for this is a lack of communication between the federal government, their agencies, and veterans.
One Alabama company is hoping to curb this problem by creating a hotline that provides information to veterans about available services and benefits. According to The Randolph Leader, citizens can get information from the network by calling 1-231-460-1060. This network—provided by local company Audiocast365.com—provides data on topics like services, benefits, and news and events pertaining to veterans benefits. Users are also capable of leaving feedback in the form of comments.
Access to the system is available 24/7 and can service any amount of calls that are received at one time.
The system is a first of it’s kind in the United States and will be supplemented by weekly Department of Veterans’ Affairs updates through the Alabama Veterans Cellular Broadcasting Network.
The Birmingham personal injury lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of the difficulties that accompany veterans not having access to the information they need about disability benefits. That’s why we’re hopeful the new cellular networking system will be a success.
May 13th, 2014|
Every day, more soldiers return from service suffering from injuries and health conditions that leave them unable to return to work. While there are programs available to help these veterans get back on their feet, getting information about these resources can often be difficult. That’s why Norris Injury Lawyers would like to point out an upcoming event that will feature discussions on topics like Alabama veterans’ benefits and job opportunities.
The event will begin on Thursday, May 15, and will continue through Saturday, May 17, at Morgan County American Legion Post 15 in Decatur, Alabama. According to al.com, not only will a large number of companies looking to hire veterans be on hand, but also the State Service Officer will be available to answer any questions veterans have regarding services and benefits.
The event will kick off at 10 a.m. each morning and will continue into the afternoons.
Our team of Birmingham personal injury attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers understands the struggles that can come with a service-related injury or health condition. We’re that hopeful former and current military personnel are able to get the help they need at this upcoming event. If you’re an injured veteran, feel free to give us a call at (888) 318-4245 to discuss your legal rights and options. We’re here to help.
December 17th, 2013|
December 17, 2013
Veterans who suffer injuries that leave them disabled may receive benefits that give them resources for income. However, an estimated 100,000 soldiers and veterans with debilitating conditions are unable to receive benefits because of the way they were discharged from service, even when the discharge was associated with actions brought on by medical conditions.
The Birmingham Veterans Disability Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers explains that one of the most common conditions that can lead to less than honorable discharges in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The condition is caused by stress or injury in combat and can lead to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.
Deteriorating mental health can also cause the sufferer to commit violent outbursts or partake in drug or alcohol abuse, which can lead to a less than honorable discharge, despite being a condition caused by combat.
An article from Alabama Public Radio told the story of one veteran who was unable to obtain benefits after receiving a less than honorable discharge. He continues to struggle to make ends meet as he appeals his case and attempts to get his paperwork upgraded, which is the only way he can get his benefits reinstated.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers recognize how complex the process of receiving veterans disability benefits can be. That is why the firm suggests discussing your options with an attorney if you are a disabled veteran.
December 3rd, 2013|
December 3, 2013
With a growing number of soldiers returning from service with injuries leaving them unable to work, the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has recorded an increased number of claims for compensation and assistance. The Birmingham Veterans Disability Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers point out the increase in claim volume has led to a backlog in the claims approval process. This leaves many disabled veterans with little or no income resources during a lengthy waiting period.
Recently, the VA announced in a Press Release that it had significantly reduced the size of the claims backlog. Furthermore, VA officials stated the agency was on track to eliminate the backlog by 2015.
VA officials estimate the agency has reduced the size of the backlog by 34 percent since March 2013, slashing the number of claims awaiting decisions from approximately 611,000 to 400,835. This was accomplished by focusing on processing the oldest claims first.
Claims processors worked on processing cases that had awaited a decision for more than one year. An estimated 93 percent of those cases have now been processed, with an average approval rate ranging from 65 to 70 percent.
Norris Injury Lawyers and their team of Birmingham Personal Injury Attorneys applaud the efforts being made to improve the efficiency of the disability claims process and are hopeful the actions result in better service to our veterans.
July 2nd, 2013|
July 2, 2013
The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) announced they are making progress in eliminating the backlog of unprocessed claims for Veterans’ Disability Benefits. Officials stated that all 65,000 claims that have been pending more than two years have been processed.
According to an article released by WSFA 12 News, the VA implemented a policy two months ago where the oldest undecided claims were made a priority. A total of 312 such cases were identified in Alabama.
The agency also implemented a policy of requiring all employees to work 20 hours a week of overtime in order to achieve the goal. The VA eliminated the backlog by implementing a system that channels claims for processing, which created a more efficient system.
With all claims two year old or more having now moved through the system, the VA says it will now focus on eliminating all claims older than one year before attempting to process the remaining claims that have not been put through the system within the agency’s 125-day goal.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of how important getting veterans the benefits they need in a timely manner is. The firm suggests discussing your legal rights with an attorney if you are considering applying for Veterans’ Disability benefits or if you have had a claim denied in the past.
May 21st, 2013|
May 21, 2013
With each day that passes, more veterans return from service overseas in need of assistance with injuries and traumas sustained on the battlefield. But the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the government agency charged with distributing benefits to soldiers and veterans, is unable to keep up with the demand.
There are more than one million veterans currently awaiting benefits. An estimated 10,000 of those individuals are awaiting Alabama Veterans’ Disability Benefits.
This leaves many concerned citizens wondering why there are such a high number of unprocessed claims. Experts point to trends showing excessive wait times during the processing claims as the main contributing factor to the problem.
The average wait time for a claim to be processed in Alabama is just under a year, while the agency’s goal for processing all first-time claims is within 125 days. Some veterans have waited as long as 1,000 days for their claims to be processed.
According to Al.com, officials are hoping to solve the problem by granting conditional decisions on numerous claims, and bonuses have been eliminated for top VA officials this year.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers know what a complex process receiving veterans benefits can be. That’s why the firm suggests discussing your legal options with an attorney if you are considering filing a claim or you have been denied benefits in the past.
February 12th, 2013|
Feb. 12, 2013
After returning from service overseas, many veterans report have trouble reintegrating back into civilian society. Several organizations, including the non-profit Still Serving Veterans, are available to help returning vets get an education and find a good job.
Still Serving Veterans is a non-profit organization created in 2006 with the goal of getting veterans, including wounded warriors, back into the workforce of their communities.
According to an article from AL.com, Still Serving Veterans received a recent boost to their program when Lockheed Martin announced it would be donating approximately $10,000 to keep the service going. The program could use the boost too, considering there are 32,000 veterans in Madison County, and approximately 430,000 veterans across Alabama—many of whom rely on Veterans Disability Benefits to make ends meet.
The funds awarded by Lockheed Martin will be used to provide programs such as counseling, job placement, coaching, and veterans’ disability benefits assistance to those who are most in need across Alabama. Still Serving Veterans President, retired Col. Will Webb, stated Lockheed’s donation is invaluable in allowing the organization to continue its work in assisting veterans.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers recognize the importance of programs like Still Serving Veterans in helping soldiers get back on their feet after returning home, and they may also be able to help anyone who was injured during their time serving the country.