When a member of our military is left unable to return to duty or gainful employment because of an injury or illness, they may be entitled to receive veterans disability benefits; however, it’s important to know that the wait times to have your claim approved can be long. In fact, some veterans wait years—even decades—to receive benefits they are entitled to.
Once a claim is approved, the beneficiary has a right to benefits dating back to when the claimant announced their intention to seek compensation. Our veterans disability benefits lawyers at Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers explain that previous laws allowed an informal claims system, in which veterans simply wrote down their intentions to seek benefits on a piece of paper that was then handed to a Department of Veterans Affairs employee. Legislators recently made reforms to the law though. Now, a formal application must be submitted in order to officially declare intentions of seeking veterans disability benefits.
According to an article from Stars & Stripes, the move has been met with backlash. Two lawsuits have been filed against the Department of Veterans Affairs claiming that the agency’s change in policy could affect the ability of some former service members to file a claim for veterans disability benefits.
At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, we understand the struggles many veterans face to get the benefits that they deserve and our Texas personal injury lawyers hope a decision in these two lawsuits helps the Department of Veterans Affairs adjust their regulations to be as clear and beneficial as possible to our injured soldiers.