When appealing a rating decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA), it is important that you get the Statement of Case. If you have
never appealed a VA rating decision before, chances are that you do not
know what a Statement of Case is and why it is so important.
The Statement of Case is a required document that the VA must send out
when a veteran appeals their case. Its purpose is to attempt to fully
explain the reasons and statutes used to determine the rating decision
that you received.
It is very important that you look at your initial decision paperwork to
compare the reasons listed for your rating decision to the reason listed
in the Statement of Case. You need to ensure that no after the fact reasons
have been added, as the extra reasons may be used against you at the Board
of Veterans Appeal hearing level.
Once you have received the Statement of Case, you have to work quickly
to review it thoroughly. You will only have 60 days from the date of receipt
to file your Substantive Appeal on VA Form 9. A VA Form 9 should be attached
to your Statement of Case, but if not it can be found on our
Veterans Resources web page.
If you need help appealing a VA Disability Rating, contact the law offices
of Shook & Stone today. Our VA accredited attorneys and responsive
staff will be on hand to provide a