Social Security Attorney Cervoni Case Study # 502 - Disabled Veteran Benefits

Social Security Attorney Cervoni Case Study # 502 - Disabled Veteran Benefits

Posted by Derek Cervoni on Jul 22, 2016 3:37:05 PM

Disclaimer: This story is based on a real case. The names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals involved. Information presented here is general in nature and should not be construed as formal legal advice or as the formation of a lawyer/client relationship. Cases differ and past performance does not guarantee future results.


Emma was caught off guard. She had served in the military for five years and two months before her final tour was over, while driving to an assignment, her car was rear-ended by a tractor trailer. She survived the accident, but it left her with broken hip bones and a speech impairment from a head wound.  She was sure that her veteran’s benefits would cover her medical and other needs, but was surprised to find out that since her injuries were ruled “not service connected” she was ineligible for benefits.

Emma’s best friend saw my twitter post which explained that veterans could be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, even if they were turned down by the Veterans Administration.  “This may be the solution for you,” her friend said, urging her to call Cervoni Disability Law.

"We can help you get through the application process when you seek eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits."

- Derek S. Cervoni

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Emma called and we told her that:

  • The Social Security Administration has a different definition of disability than the VA.
  • Her discharge status is NOT a factor in determining her eligibility for SSI/SSDI benefits.
  • Social Security does not have a partial disability definition.
  • If denied VA benefits, she may still be able to get SSI/SSDI.
  • While waiting for VA benefits, she can access SSA benefits.

If you have a friend, relative or client who is a disabled veteran, may have been denied VA benefits, and needs help accessing Social Security disability/SSI benefits, call Cervoni Disability Law, PLLC for a free consultation. We work exclusively on Social Security Disability Claims. Call 703-241-2625 or email us at Visit our website at or follow us on social media.

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Topics: SSDI Case Scenario, Social Security Disability Case, Disability for Veterans, SSDI for Veterans