Recent Successes by F&P’s Veterans’ Services Group(VSG)!

VSG has been working hard for our Veterans. Here are some of VSG’s recent success stories: Veteran was awarded compensation in the amount of $131,683.60. The Veteran was seeking service connection for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mental disabilities, anxiety and depression as well as Total Disability Due (TDIU) to Individual Unemployability. VSG submitted to the VA additional medical evidence along with buddy statements to support the Veteran’s breakdown in 1976. As a result the VA granted 70% for PTSD and TDIU with an effective dated of 8/20/08. Veteran was awarded compensation in the amount of $39,287.25. The VSG successfully won a previous claim for service connection for depression and PTSD where the Veteran was awarded service connection for PTSD with a rating of 50% resulting in an award of $15,811.80. VSG, then pursued claim for Inferred TDIU. VSG submitted a Notice of Disagreement on the Veteran’s behalf. The veteran’s overall rating is 90%. The decision granted the Veteran TDIU entitling him to 100% rate effective 12/18/09. The total compensation awarded on both claims was $55,099.05. Veteran was awarded compensation in the amount of $23,953.60. The veteran was seeking service connection for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). VSG submitted a Notice of Disagreement directing the VA to the new PTSD regulations. The decision granted the veteran a service connected 50% disability rating for PTSD effective 1/22/10. Veteran was awarded compensation in the amount of $38,232.30. The Veteran was seeking service connection for post traumatic stress disorder(PTSD). VSG obtained the necessary medical documentation and provided a supplement to the Veteran’s appeal. VSG also directed the VA to the new PTSD regulations that became effective 7/13/10. The decision granted the Veteran service connection for PTSD with a rating of 70% effective 4/30/09. Veteran was awarded compensation in the amount of $36,489.00. The Veteran was seeking entitlement to an earlier effective date for Clear and Unmistakable Error (CUE) for residuals of fractures of left and right foot. VSG submitted a Notice of Disagreement on the Veteran’s behalf. The decision granted the veteran service connection and CUE with earlier effective date 7/31/1992. The veteran’s overall with other service connected disabilities is 100%. Veteran was awarded compensation in the amount of $15,336.00. VSG accepted this case Pro Bono. The Veteran was seeking entitlement to service connection for back and legs. The VSG counseled the veteran and encouraged him to seek and obtain medical care. VSG obtained necessary documentation and sent the medical reports to the VA to support the veteran’s claim. The decision granted the Veteran a total of 50% service connection. He was given 40% for his back and 10% each leg for radiculopathy secondary to his 40% back condition. Veteran was awarded compensation in the amount of $25,273.90. The Veteran was seeking service connection for post traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) and major depressive disorder and anxiety. The VSG filed a Notice of Disagreement on her behalf. The decision granted the veteran service connection for PTSD and anxiety with a disability rating of 70%.

Dear Friends and Clients,

In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP