If you receive a rating decision from the Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA) you do not agree with, you will have a few opportunities to appeal
this decision. One such opportunity is requesting a decision review officer
hearing, or DRO hearing.
A decision review officer hearing is not a required part of the
appeals process and can be skipped altogether. However, one of the benefits to a DRO hearing,
as compared to a Board of Veteans Appeals
(BVA) hearing, is that the DRO hearing will take less time to arrange. An added benefit
of the DRO hearing is that you do not need to wait on the VA to provide
a statement of case, but if you do not have the statement of case you
still need to have all of your medical evidence prepared to present to
the decision review officer.
An added benefit of the DRO hearing is that the review officer cannot reduce
any rating that had been previously awarded.
The review officer may only look at granting disability claims that were denied. Even if you receive an unfavorable decision from the decision review
officer, you are still eligible to appear before the BVA.
If you have received an unfavorable rating for a service connected disability
and you would like help presenting the facts to the VA, contact Shook
and Stone, where our VA accredited attorneys and responsive staff will
help you build the best possible case.
Our firm offers
FREE consultations and serves clients throughout Las Vegas and Nevada.