We handle VA benefit claims related to combat wounds, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), chemical exposure and other service-related medical problems. In VA benefit cases, the veteran is entitled to bring a claim no matter how long it has been since he or she got out of the service. Additionally, a veteran has the right to reopen a claim that has already been denied by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
Congress designed the veterans’ claim process to be veterans’ friendly. As President Lincoln said the purpose of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs is “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” There is no time limit on when a claim can be brought. Congress recognized that, sometimes, an event that occurred in service may take many years to cause a disability. Eligibility for most VA benefits is based on discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable circumstances. Active service means full-time service as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, the Environmental Services Administration or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
1-800-LAW-FIRM has a network of attorneys specializing in VA claims. If you need help getting the benefits you deserve, click on the form above or call (800) 539-3752.
Appealing denied VA benefit claims highlights:
Can I appeal if my application for benefits is denied?
Yes. Like other federal benefits programs, decisions of the Veterans Administration concerning benefit eligibility can be appealed. The Veteran files a VA claim at a regional VA office. If the Veteran does not like the results, s/he can file a Notice of Disagreement (NOD).
If you have been denied benefits, please complete the form above and one of our attorneys will contact you or call 1-800-LAW-FIRM now.
After the VA receives the Notice of Disagreement, the VA may ask the Veteran if s/he would like a re-review of the case by the Regional Office or the Veteran can appeal to the Board of Veteran Appeals (BVA). If the Veteran is still unhappy with the decision s/he can file an appeal with the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). Certain cases qualify for Federal Circuit Court review. A Veteran has an absolute right to retain an attorney to represent him or her before the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. A Veteran can be represented by counsel once he or she receives the denial for VA benefits.
There are no upfront fees for VA clients of 1-800-LAW-FIRM and we only collect if you win your appeal. Our standard contingency fee for VA Disability representation at the Regional Office level (RO) or Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) is percentage based of the back benefits. At the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) the VA pays all the legal fees. Our fees are paid from the benefits that the Veteran should have received, but did not. There is no legal fee for future monthly benefits awarded. Simply put, our office earns no money and does not get paid unless the Veteran actually receives the benefit.
How long is the appeal process?
The process can be long and involve many appeals. The amount of time varies based upon the status of the Veterans Administration claim process and the agreement or disagreement with various decisions.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
About Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is “a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma.” To be diagnosed as having PTSD, doctors look for six factors, including: