Unfortunately, not every veterans’ disability benefits claim that deserves to be approved gets approved on the first try. Sometimes, there is a mistake with the initial application that results in the denial of the claim. Other times, there is a mistake that is made by the regional office of the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) that is reviewing your application. Either way, it is up to you to right the wrong by appealing the VA’s decision.
Whether your claim was completely denied or you dispute the amount of compensation that you will receive, you have a limited amount of time to take action and to protect your rights.
Here’s How You Do it
You can begin the appeals process right away by contacting an experienced veterans’ disability lawyer for help. Your appeal will begin when you submit a written statement to your regional VA office explaining that you disagree with their decision and wish to appeal. Next, you will submit an official form (Form 9) to the board within 60 days of sending the letter. After that, you will collect evidence regarding your appeal and request a hearing. Finally, after the hearing, you will receive a decision from the Board of Appeals.
If you still disagree with the board’s decision, you may appeal again, this time to the U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Don’t Give Up Now
It can be frustrating and discouraging to have your claim denied, or your compensation undervalued, by your regional VA office. However, your fight for fair compensation is not over. You can still get the recovery you deserve if you know how to file an appeal and if you turn to an experienced Veterans’ disability lawyer for help. To learn more about what you can do now to protect your rights on appeal, please contact us directly via this website to schedule a confidential consultation.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.