Maybe you’ve never attended a videoconference before. It’s possible that, like many of us, you’ve never participated in a casual video call prior to your appeal hearing. That could make the prospect of arguing your case in this format feel intimidating.
Whatever you do, don’t let anxiety about technology make the decision for you. Here are several reasons why a videoconference hearing could be the best option for your case:
- Cost – One of your alternatives to a videoconference hearing is actually traveling to the BVA offices in Washington DC. The BVA isn’t able to reimburse you for any of your travel expenses, including those incurred by any expert witnesses or legal representation you may need for support during the hearing. That kind of expense is just not feasible for many Texas veterans, especially when they’re fighting for sufficient service-connected disability benefits.
- Convenience – If you’ve opted for representation and require evidence in the form of witnesses to argue your case, traveling to the District of Columbia or waiting for a veterans law judge to meet with you at your local VA office will be difficult to coordinate. You may not be able to get everyone that you need together in the same place at the same time.
- The Waiting Game – The hard fact is that videoconference hearings are easier to schedule. If you opt for a videoconference, there will be a shorter wait time for your hearing.
Be aware that every case is different and there may be circumstances when traveling to Washington DC or waiting for a veterans law judge to come to your regional VA office is a better option.
If you have questions about the appeals process, consult with an experienced Texas veterans’ disability lawyer as soon as possible by calling 800-800-6353. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your situation and answer any plaguing questions you have.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.