As a Texas veteran injured in the service of our country, you may have needed to fight long and hard to receive necessary financial support in the form of disability compensation benefits from the VA. You probably never expected to receive a letter from the VA demanding you prove, within 60 days, that you still need as much disability compensation as you did at the time of your initial disability rating.
Receiving a VA rating reduction proposal can be upsetting and frustrating.
You may not know what to do upon receiving notification of a VA rating reduction proposal. You might even feel that there is a major disconnect between what the VA is saying about the current state of your health versus the challenges you face every day. How can you protect the support you need to successfully navigate life in the private sector?
The good news is that there are two extremely effective actions you can take when facing a rating reduction proposal.
First, review the reduction proposal to see if a pre-reduction examination has been scheduled. If you don’t see one, contact the VA to make one as soon as possible. In some cases, the pre-reduction examination is all that will be needed to prove a reduction would not be appropriate. However, in all cases, if the veteran misses the pre-reduction examination the VA will go forward with the reduction.
Second, connect with a Houston veterans’ disability lawyer. Finding a professional who is deeply knowledgable and experienced with the legal issues veterans face will greatly improve your chances against a disability rating reduction when it is unwarranted.
If you have received a VA rating reduction proposal, you already know that you don’t have a lot of time to prove your case. Call the skilled and compassionate team at Morgan & Weisbrod at 800-800-6353. Let us help relieve your stress now.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.