If you requested a personal hearing during the appeal process for your VA disability claim in Texas, you may have chosen to have this hearing with a Board Member. For those who have never sat through a personal hearing in the past, the process may seem intimidating. Fortunately, by breaking down the steps for what you can expect, you may feel more calm and prepared. You can expect the following as part of your personal hearing:
- The hearing is informal. Your personal hearing for your VA disability benefits in Texas will not mimic a formal courtroom trial.
- At the beginning of the hearing, the Board Member will identify himself to you and make sure that you agree as to what the claims are on appeal.
- The Board Member will then go over with you what will happen during the hearing.
- As part of the personal hearing, you will be asked to take an oath where you agree to tell the truth.
- During the hearing, you will have the opportunity to speak to the Board Member about any information that you feel is important. You may also add evidence to your claim that will be added to your file for review by the Board Member.
- Using a representative is beneficial because he or she will guide your explanation of the claim by asking you questions during the process.
- In some cases, the Board Member will ask you questions during the hearing.
- A transcript of the personal hearing is added to your file with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. The Board Member will review all of the information in the file and make a decision.
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by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.