Orlando Veterans’ Disability Attorney
Dedicated Maitland & Orlando Veterans’ Disability Lawyer
You were there for your country when it needed you. Will your country be there for you when you are in need? As a veteran, you already know the difficulties involved in getting VA benefits. You shouldn’t have to go it alone, and you don’t have to. The Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A. in Maitland and Orlando are here to help you get the VA disability benefits you are entitled to. The VA may treat you like a number, but we treat you like a person who deserves dignity, respect and the benefits that were promised to you by your government.
Shea Fugate is a caring and experienced disability lawyer who is VA accredited to represent clients and practice before the VA regional offices in Florida as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Appeals. This legal system is separate and apart from social security disability or other areas of elder law or disability law. Trust your VA case to an experienced Orlando veterans’ disability attorney with the knowledge, skills, experience and dedication to pursue your claim through this unique process.
VA Disability (Pension)
If you are a wartime veteran with no or limited income and you are either 65 or older or under 65 yet permanently and totally disabled, you may qualify for a VA pension. There are several criteria which you must meet for VA pension eligibility, including rules surrounding your length of service, the time period covered, and the status of your discharge. There are also complicated criteria for determining your income, including counting income from dependents as well as most other sources. Service-connected disability payments are available for disabilities which are due to an injury or disease that you contracted in the line of duty, as well as the aggravation of a pre-existing injury or illness. Talk to an experienced Orlando veterans’ disability attorney who can guide you through the complicated and confusing rules for determining eligibility based on all relevant factors.
Aid and Attendance
If you are eligible for a monthly pension, you may be entitled to Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefits as well. A&A benefits are payable for any of the following conditions:
- You are a nursing home patient because of physical or mental incapacity
- You are bedridden, meaning that you are required to remain in bed due to your disability regardless of any other prescribed course of treatment or convalescence
- You need another person’s help to perform personal functions of everyday living such as eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, adjusting prosthetic devices or keeping yourself safe from hazards in your daily environment
- You are blind or possess a corrected visual acuity of 5/200 or less in both eyes, or your visual field is concentrically contracted to five degrees or less
Similar to Aid and Attendance, you may be eligible for Housebound benefits in either of the following instances:
- You have a 100% disabling single permanent disability and are permanently and substantially confined to your immediate premises due to the disability
- You have a 100% disabling single permanent disability and another disability or disabilities that have been evaluated at 60% or more disabling
In either case, you must be eligible for a monthly pension to be eligible for housebound benefits. You cannot receive Housebound and A&A at the same time, even if you independently qualify for both.
Can I receive SSD and VA benefits at the same time?
Yes, you can. Although SSD and VA benefits have different criteria for eligibility, odds are if your disability qualifies you for VA benefits, you probably qualify for social security disability benefits as well. Of course, even if you have a disabling condition, you would still need to have a sufficient number of work credits required for SSD eligibility.
The SSD Claims process can take years to navigate. However, the social security administration has implemented an expedited process for veterans with a VA compensation rating of 100% P&T (permanent and total). Let Social Security know this when you are applying for SSD, and include your VA Notification Letter with your documentation. You can also get expedited processing if you qualify as a wounded warrior.
We’ll Fight for You to Get Your Veterans’ Disability Benefits
You served your country and deserve to be treated well by your government. This includes being provided with disability benefits that you qualify for and have been promised. The VA and the Social Security Administration are complicated, massive government bureaucracies, and they don’t make it easy for you to get the benefits you are eligible to receive. An experienced Orlando veterans’ disability lawyer can provide you with the guidance and support you need to get the benefits you deserve.
In Maitland and Orlando, contact the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A. for a no-cost, confidential consultation with a dedicated, caring and successful veterans’ disability attorney.