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 Census Bureau reports that 3.7 million veterans have service-connected disabilities. Nearly 30% of these veterans face ‘severe’ impact as a result of their condition. Many others must deal with day-to-day problems, as well. While benefits are available, far too many veterans have trouble getting access to disability compensation.
James R. Comerford is an experienced Highland veterans attorney and a proud member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA). He has seen firsthand the challenges of the VA benefits claims process. If you need help with your disability application or your disability appeal, please contact our law office today for free legal guidance.
Under federal regulations, VA disability lawyers must be accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Comerford is a fully accredited veterans benefits lawyer serving clients throughout Illinois and Northwest Indiana. If you or your loved one is a veteran with a disability or medical condition, we can help you access the maximum available benefits. We handle the full range of VA disability cases, including:
The VA disability claims process starts with VA Form 21-526. It is crucial that applicants carefully prepare this application form. Even relatively small mistakes can result in a claim being delayed or rejected. You should submit all relevant medical and vocational evidence with your initial application. Our Highland veterans lawyer can help you prepare a strong claim. The faster you get access to complete benefits, the better.
The Appeals Process
If your initial claim is denied, you have the right to appeal. Sadly, the VA disability appeals process is complex and confusing. Many veterans are discouraged by the prospect of appealing. We can help you get through it.
In most cases, you must initiate your appeal by filing a Notice of Disagreement. Our Highland veterans lawyer can help you prepare a strong, persuasive Notice of Disagreement (VA-Form 21-0958). The NOD must be submitted with 12 months of your initial decision. If you disagree with the second review, you can take your claim before the of Veterans Appeals. To do this you must file a form 9 (VA Form 9). This form must be filed within 60 days of the date you received a decision in regards to your NOD.
At The Comerford Law Office, LLC, we fight tirelessly to help veterans obtain the benefits that they need to support themselves and receive proper care. If you or a family member needs help accessing benefits, please contact us today at (312) 863-8572 to schedule a free, fully confidential review of your claim.