Hartford Veterans’ Disability Lawyer


Military veterans have earned the respect of all of us through their enduring commitment to service to our country. I’m Rob Levine, a Hartford veterans disability lawyer, and I have dedicated a portion of my career to helping veterans get full access to their VA benefits. As a proud member of the Rhode Island Army National Guard, Rob Levine learned early about the value of service and sacrifice. Now, it is our firm’s honor to give back to the servicemen and women of our country in tangible ways that positively affect their lives after service. Have you had a VA claim or VA appeal that was denied? Our attorneys can help. We’ve worked with hundreds of vets to successfully navigate the sometime-complicated nature of VA claims.




The United States Department of Veterans Affairs was founded in 1930 as a comprehensive resource for serving veterans of the military. The agency is an extremely valuable resource for veterans, providing such services as:

  • Medical benefits
  • Financial assistance
  • Education and training

While the VA’s mission provides a great service for veterans, accessing the system can be a challenge. Many times, valid claims are denied, and the process for appealing can be delicate. This is why it is particularly important to retain a strong Hartford veterans disability lawyer. At Rob Levine & Associates, we work VA cases all the time, and we know the correct procedures for getting your claim approved quickly, fairly, and accurately.


If you have a veterans disability claim, the first thing you’ll want to do is to file it with your regional VA office. If it is denied, you should call us for immediate help. The next steps in getting your claim approved are:

Filing an appeal with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals
If it is still denied, preparing and filing a case for the Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims
Taking any further appeals within the United States Judicial System

Most denied claims can be resolved with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals – the last step inside of the Veterans Administration itself, but we will follow through with your case as far as is required.

We are committed to helping you win your veterans’ disability claim. We can even help if you think you deserve a higher rating! Let’s talk now.

FAQs About Your

VA Disability Claim

Can I receive VA disability compensation and continue to work?
In the Social Security disability system, in order to receive benefits, the standard is, "you are not capable of any form of gainful employment.” Unlike Social Security Disability, you can work while receiving VA disability compensation. Your VA disability benefits is based on how your service-connected disabilities impact your ability to work.
Can I receive VA disability compensation and Social Security Disability benefits at the same time?
Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) does not have a barrier to net worth or income provisions. Regardless of the home, the vehicle you own, or investments you've made - or alimony or pension from previous employment, this would not prohibit you from receiving SSDI. Similarly, this would not prohibit you from qualifying and receiving VA disability benefits. Even if you were to qualify for a 100% TDIU rating, you would still qualify for SSDI benefits either under the SSDI guidelines or the VA Disability guidelines.
How long will the VA take to decide my disability case?
The average length of time to adjudicate any claim or appeal depends on many factors, including the type of appeal or claim, the Regional Office, the number of disabilities to decide, any necessary development, and the overall complexity of the case. Cases in the VA’s legacy appeal system can take years. In contrast, the VA has set the following timeliness goal for adjudicating AMA appeals:
  • Supplemental Claims: within 125 days
  • Higher Level Review: within 125 days
  • Board of Veterans’ Appeals – Direct Review Docket: within 365 days
  • Board of Veterans’ Appeals – Evidence and Hearing Docket: over 365 days
Do I have to hire a Veterans Disability lawyer?
No, the VA does not require you to hire a lawyer for your appeal. However, remember that the VA also unfairly denied your benefits. Statistics show that veterans with representation receive more benefits, faster. The Veterans Disability attorneys at Rob Levine & Associates know the law as well as the ins and outs of the VA system. When you combine an experienced, knowledgeable Veterans Disability attorney with a veteran who can assist by explaining the details of the facts of a case, there is no better team to help you get the disability benefits that you deserve.
Can You Receive VA Disability Benefits with a OTH Discharge?
Yes, if there are mitigating circumstances (like mental illness or TBI) that explain the conduct that resulted in the less-than-honorable discharge. These types of cases can often last years without an experienced representative who can overcome VA's negative assessment of your military discharge. Learn more about the Character of Discharge Determination process here.
What does a Veterans Disability lawyer do?
An effective attorney can put you in a position to win your appeal the first time around, saving you years of disappointment and frustration. Veterans’ claims often get caught in a cycle of denial, appeal, remand, denial, appeal, remand, denial, appeal, remand, and so on. An experienced attorney can effectively present the law and the facts to the VA the first time around, which in many instances gets veterans their disability benefits faster. When you choose our dedicated team of experts at Rob Levine & Associates to represent you, we take an all-hands-on-deck approach to win your case. As part of our proven process, our team will:
  • File your appeal with the VA;
  • Construct a personalized evidence development plan tailored to each claim;
  • Perform cutting-edge service record and medical research;
  • Draft a comprehensive legal brief in support of your appeal; and
  • Routinely follow up with you to provide an update on the status of your case.

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