What Benefits Are Available Through Veteran’s Disability Claims?

October 3, 2023 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman
What Benefits Are Available Through Veteran’s Disability Claims?

After being discharged from the military, many veterans continue to experience the economic, mental, and physical consequences of disabling injuries or illnesses related to their service. In some cases, the disabling condition was the result of a traumatic event, acute or repeated exposure to toxins, malfunctioning equipment, or any number of other situations. Veterans can apply to receive benefits to compensate for their losses through a veteran’s disability claim. 

While extensive benefits are potentially available, the claims process can present an obstacle for veterans who are unfamiliar with the intricacies of the process. At Dolman Law Group, we recognize that a service-related disability can profoundly impact your life and we are committed to securing the benefits you deserve. Our veterans' disability claim lawyers can provide additional information on the services we offer, assess what benefits you are eligible for, and outline the next steps in pursuing a veteran’s disability claim. You can reach out to our team of veterans disability lawyers at (866) 481-5347 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.

Disability Compensation Can Offer Financial Support for Loss of Income

A disabling injury or illness often results in considerable declines in quality of life and long term consequences for your finances and personal health. As you recover, you may spend weeks or months in the hospital or psychiatric care, need to travel to specialists, or attend regular physical therapy sessions.

In the long term, your illness or injuries may prevent you from getting the job you want and impede your working abilities. A veterans' disability lawyer can help you identify and quantify the financial losses you will likely experience in the immediate future and in the years ahead.

If your injuries related to your military service have cost your family a source of income or rendered you unable to support yourself, you may be struggling to afford everything from medical bills to car payments to childcare. Disability compensation can offer tax-free financial relief to sick or injured service members. The amount you receive for a qualifying condition will depend on the degree of severity of your injury or illness.

Disabled Veterans Can Receive Benefits for Housing Support

Having a stable, accessible place to live after transitioning out of the military is essential for veterans who are dealing with a disabling health condition. Veterans who have become disabled after serving can apply for a Specially Adapted Housing grant to cover the cost of renovations that are needed so the home can accommodate their disability. The grant can also potentially be used to build or buy a home that meets their needs.

For example, a veteran who has lost a limb may need a wheelchair-accessible home. This can include installing a ramp, widening doorways, creating a roll-in shower, lowering countertops, and other modifications. Additionally, veterans can potentially claim Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI) after they receive a Specially Adapted Housing Grant. VMLIs offer current and former service members who have a qualifying disability up to $200,000 in mortgage lie insurance paid directly to the bank.

Special Monthly Compensation Can Benefit Veterans and Caretakers

Depending on the type and extent of your disability, you may require assistance to complete daily tasks or care for yourself. Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is a type of disability benefit available to veterans, as well as close family members like spouses, parents, or children who act as caretakers. It is offered in addition to disability compensation as a way to support veterans who have injuries or illnesses that require the “need of aid and assistance” of another person.

For example, a veteran with lung cancer from burn pit exposure may need help to shower and dress, require assistance to cook, and be unable to drive or perform other typical tasks and therefore may have to rely on family members to meet their basic needs. The amount of aid and assistance support you or or loved one receive will depend on the level of support you require from them. This compensation is also tax-free.

Survivors of Deceased Disabled Veterans Can Receive Certain Benefits

Unfortunately, disabling illnesses and injuries can become fatal, such as in the case of many Camp Lejeune veterans. This often leaves the veteran’s surviving spouses and children to deal with the financial and emotional fallout on their own. Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) benefits offer families of deceased disabled veterans extra financial support after the death of their loved one.

If you are a parent of a disabled veteran who succumbed to their injuries, you may be able to claim Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, but it will be an income-driven compensation plan. In order to qualify for DIC, the veteran must have either died due to their service-related illness or injury, or they may have died from an unrelated cause but were eligible to receive total disability benefits for a service-related injury or illness a certain length of time.

Who Qualifies to File a Veteran’s Disability Claim?

There is a detailed system in place to determine which veterans can receive benefits to offset the cost of their disability. To begin with, the following terms must apply:

  • You received a general or honorable discharge from the U.S. military
  • You are currently experiencing illness or injury
  • Your illness or injury was caused or made worse as a result of your active duty service or training

The qualifying injury or illness can be physical or mental in nature. Veterans who did not develop a disabling injury or illness until after their service can still file a veteran disability claim as long as they can show that the condition was connected to their service. Surviving family members may also be able to claim certain benefits. The type and amount of compensation you are eligible to receive will vary based on the severity of your disability, as well as how it has compromised various aspects of your life and career.

Why You Should Hire Dolman Law Group for Your Veterans Disability Claim

At Dolman Law Group, our veteran disability attorneys can offer reliable legal advice, an expert understanding of the veteran disability claims process, and the resources you need to make your case. We have a long record of outstanding results. In addition to numerous client testimonials, our case results demonstrate our ability to effectively represent our clients’ needs. We fully recognize the level of trust that our clients place in our skills, and we do not take this investment lightly.

Our personal injury lawyers have a background in handling veteran disability claims, including our ongoing support of Camp Lejeune veterans who are seeking fair compensation after they were exposed to carcinogenic chemicals in the water supply. You can rely on our team of dedicated veterans’ disability lawyers to be diligent, straightforward, and relentless as we seek the maximum possible benefits in your veterans’ disability claim.

Contact Dolman Law Group For Help With Your Veteran Benefit Claim Today

As with most claims, veteran’s disability claims require extensive documentation of how your injuries were caused and how your injuries have impacted your life. This can be confusing and stressful to navigate on your own, which is why it is wisest to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to guide you through the veteran’s benefit claims. At Dolman Law Group, we can offer you exceptional legal service based on years of experience. 

Returning to civilian life after military service often comes with challenges, but struggling through the disability claims process alone does not have to be one of them. The veterans' disability lawyers of Dolman Law Group believe that your service should be respected, and we are committed to ensuring you receive the compensation you are entitled to for housing, support from family, and loss of income. 

To start the process of recovering the compensation you deserve, reach out to our team at (866) 481-5347 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our dependable veterans’ disability lawyers. Our team will work closely with you to determine what benefits you may be eligible to receive and discuss the process of filing a veterans’ benefit claim with you.


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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