How a PTSD Disability Impacts Your VA Compensation Claim

As 13 million people across the country experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in some form, there are many highly functioning people actively managing their disability on a daily basis. Likewise, there are many more who are unaware they may have PTSD or do not know how to go about getting treatment and compensation for it. If you struggle with the symptoms of PTSD the last thing you want to deal Read More

How Long Can You Expect The VA to Spend in Preparation for a Decision?

If you are applying or have already applied for VA benefits, you might find yourself wondering how will the VA take to make a decision? Though we would like to gaze into a crystal ball to tell you - in truth, this is a difficult question to answer. Many separate factors go into a VA decision.  Each of those factors potentially causing the VA's timeline to extend.   We'll explore this more below by breaking Read More

What Can I Expect In My VA C&P Exam?

  As part of your disability application & evaluation process, you will experience a VA C&P Exam.  The C&P Exam is short for, Compensation and Pension exam, and it is typically performed by a VA doctor or contracted health care professional. Here's what can you expect from your VA C&P Exam.   Before Your VA C&P Exam, Know The Purpose of the Exam Before your exam, you will want to Read More

VA Claim Remands & More Explained: BVA Decisions

  When you submit a claim to the Board of Veteran’s Appeals (BVA), three different BVA decisions can be made; grant, deny, or remand. We are going to look at each of these BVA decisions and discuss what they mean.   Your Appeal is Granted You receive a letter in the mail stating that your appeal was granted.  This is the best case scenario for you.  You submitted all of your medical evidence along with Read More

How to Fill Out a VA DBQ (Disability Benefits Questionnaire)

If you are a disabled veteran and are submitting a claim, you will want to know about the VA DBQ (Disability Benefits Questionnaire) Here is a little bit of advice and assistance to help you perfect your claim. If you need additional help, please reach out to us at the contact form in this article.    What a VA DBQ is A VA DBQ is a Veteran’s Disability Benefits Questionnaire.  They are not required in your Read More

What Does VA “Development Letter Sent” Mean?

  Did you recently notice a status on your eBenefits saying "VA development letter sent" but you are unsure what that means? You may be especially confused if you have not received a physical letter. Here's what you need to know.   What "VA Development Letter Sent" Means on eBenefits Development letters are typically sent in the early stages of your claim.  They acknowledge that you have submitted a Read More

Lilac City Law Founding Attorney Randi L Johnson Awarded for Business Leadership

  Lilac City Law founding attorney, Randi L Johnson was recently named one of 12 awardees for the Women in Business Leadership Award by the Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine. The WIBL award singled Randi's leadership in establishing a successful business and retaining close ties to the community and her family.   The awards for the 8th Annual Women in Business Leadership Awards will be held on Thu, March Read More

How to Understand VA Schedular Ratings Vs TDIU

  Understanding the difference between VA schedular ratings and TDIU can be confusing. In this article, we explain each of them and how you can determine which best fits you.   VA Schedular Ratings Explained When dealing with VA disability claims there are two distinct ways of viewing ratings or awards.   By far the most common system is the schedular system.  This is the percentage based rating Read More

How VA Diagnostic Codes are Used in VA Disability Ratings

    One of the best ways to get a handle on your VA disability claim is to become familiar with the VA diagnostic codes relevant to your conditions. Knowing the VA diagnostic codes that apply to your disabling conditions will help you in having a more prepared and thorough claim. Moreover, if your VA claim is or has been denied, knowing the specific rating criteria (via diagnostic codes) that Read More

How PTSD and Disability are Related for VA Service Connection

  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most common mental health problem experienced by Veterans who have encountered combat or combat training. This data is according to the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).  How PTSD and Disability are related is one of the most common questions we recieve from Veterans seeking treatment and compensation for their service-connected injuries.    PTSD and Read More