This post describes the VA disability appeals process for decisions issued prior to February 19, 2019. Decisions received after that date are subject to the new VA appeals process.
The United States government reports that more than 3.7 million veterans are living with a disability or medical issue that is connected to their time in the military. Through Veterans Affairs (VA), benefits are available to disabled veterans. Unfortunately, many veterans have trouble getting the full and fair benefits that they rightfully earned.
James R. Comerford is a dedicated Dyer, IN veterans attorney and a member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA). He has deep experience handling the full range of VA benefits claims. To get help with your initial application or your appeal for disability benefits, please contact our legal team for a free, fully confidential case evaluation.
The Department of Veterans Affairs mandates that all legal advocates must be fully accredited before representing a veteran in any aspect of the disability claims process. Mr. Comerford is an experienced veterans advocate who has full authorization from the VA to handle disability claims. Our legal team has experience handling a wide range of different claims. Regardless of the disability or medical issue that you or your loved one is enduring, we can help you take your case through the VA application system. A small sample of common disability claims we handle includes:
The claims process begins with the initial application for disability benefits. If you need help gathering information and putting together an initial application package (VA Form 21-526), our Dyer VA benefits attorney can help. In the event that your disability claim is denied or underpaid, you should contact a qualified attorney immediately. You have the right to initiate an appeal.
Our law firm will guide you through the filing a Notice of Disagreement. The Notice of Disagreement (VA-Form 21-0958) is the step in the process where you get to explain why the VA made the wrong decision. Your claim will be reviewed a second time and then a Statement of the Case (SOC) will be issued.
If you receive a second adverse decision, you must take your claim before the Board of Veterans Appeals to get your benefits. You only have 60 days to file your official appeal (VA Form 9). Our Dyer veterans benefits lawyer will assist you with the filing of form 9 and we will provide you with strong representation through the appeals process.
At The Comerford Law Office, LLC, we fight aggressively to protect the rights of veterans and their families. If you or a loved one needs help obtaining veterans benefits, please call us today at (312) 863-8572 for a free consultation. Our law firm represents veterans in Dyer and throughout Lake County, Indiana.