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.
Seeking veterans’ benefits can be an exhausting and frustrating experience. It is intentionally so. The VA protects the solvency of their disability fund zealously against fraudulent or weak claims. The VA will want to see absolute proof that you suffered an injury related to your military service and that this injury prevents you from sustaining gainful employment.
While frustrating, thousands of veterans apply for—and receive—disability benefits each year. If you are confused by the claims process, an experienced Valparaiso veterans’ claim attorney can help.
Your attorney will discuss with you the circumstances surrounding your injury or disability and gather information concerning your claim. Most veterans come to us after their initial claim has been denied. In cases where we believe that there was an error made by the VA or the applicant neglected to produce all of the available information, we will take your case and help you appeal the VA’s decision.
We only take cases in which we believe we can be of some service. After we have offered you a contract, we will discuss what you can expect from the claims process, how long it will take, and what information we will need to gather. Only veterans with an open claim eligible for appeal may enter into a contract with a VA disability attorney.
Once you have signed your contract, we will submit the documentation to the VA. This will give us access to your case file through the VA’s electronic database.
After reviewing your file, we will devise a strategy to appeal the initial ruling. The VA offers three vehicles for submitting an appeal. Those are supplemental claims, higher-level review, and BVA notices of disagreement.
Our attorneys will coordinate with your doctors, access your VA files, and even speak with vocational counselors who can testify concerning what work you are or are not capable of performing. Fellow service members, family, and friends may also provide testimony concerning your case.
Our job is to help you build an ironclad case file. Because VA resources are limited, your claim will have to cross a certain threshold to be accepted.
The Comerford Law Office proudly represents the interests of those who served our country. Our job is to ensure that the VA claims process is as fair as possible. We gather and provide evidence of your disability, how it occurred, and why it prevents you from sustaining full-time employment. Call us today for a free consultation and begin the process of appealing the VA’s decision.