Marc Whitehead & Associates are experienced Houston VA disability benefits attorneys who have helped disabled veterans all over the nation navigate the complicated application and appeals process to obtain the full VA disability benefits they deserve. One of the most frustrating things about filing for disability benefits from the Veterans Administration is the long period of time it often takes for the VA to approve a claim. Many disabled veterans struggle with financial problems while awaiting the VA’s decision.
However, the good news is, once your claim has approved you will be entitled to back payment of VA benefits from the effective date of your disability — the date you filed for benefits, or were diagnosed with your disabling condition — to the date your claim was approved.
If your disability is determined to be related to your military service and you file your claim within one year of separation from active service, then the effective date will be the date you received your injury or were diagnosed with your illness.
So, what can you expect from the VA disability back pay timeline?
VA Disability Back Pay Timeline: What To Expect
Even though it may take over a year to make a ruling, once their claim has been approved, most vets begin receiving their VA disability benefits within 15 days of the decision.
You will receive your total back pay in a single, lump sum payment. However, it’s not uncommon for veterans to experience delays of up to several months in the VA disability back pay timeline, as well as for other retroactive benefits. If it’s been over two weeks since your claim was approved but you haven’t received your back pay, you can contact the VA at 800-827-1000. You may also want to contact a VA disability lawyer.
To reduce the possibility of delays in receiving your back pay, it’s important to update your information with the VA when you move to a new address, switch banks, there’s a change in your marital status, or any life change that could affect your rating or payment.
Get the Total VA Disability Benefits You Deserve
If you are a disabled veteran and need to apply for VA disability benefits, you can save time, stress and frustration by contacting the law offices of Marc Whitehead & Associates.
Our VA attorneys have helped disabled veterans from all branches of the military get the VA disability benefits and back pay they are owed in the shortest timeline possible. We have represented clients at every phase of the VA disability benefits process, including appealing a denial of benefits. Attorney Marc Whitehead is an Accredited Veterans Claim Attorney, admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and has extensive experience representing clients at all levels within the VA disability system including claims before the VA Regional Office, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Contact the offices of Marc Whitehead & Associates to discuss your VA disability benefits claim.