Filing a VA Disability Appeal
Securing the Benefits Veterans Deserve
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has earned a reputation for
being highly selective during the disability claim process. For this reason,
Shook & Stone wants you to know that if you or a loved one has received
an unfair disability rating – or have had a claim denied –
you are not alone. The VA underrates veterans all the time and denies
numerous claims each year. With the assistance of our Las Vegas
veterans' disability lawyers, however, you will have the assistance and support needed to improve
your chances of securing the benefits you deserve.
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Reasons for an Appeal
Veterans have the right to file an appeal if they receive an unfavorable
rating decision or have their claim denied. Unfavorable
rating decisions can severely impact veterans by providing less compensation than they
need. For this reason, filing an appeal with the help of proven attorneys
can ensure that all requirements are met and that veterans receive the
benefits they need.
The Appeal Process
Shook & Stone is prepared to fully evaluate your case and help you
determine your eligibility to file an appeal. We can then guide you through
each phase of the appeal process:
Notify the VA – You will generally have one year from the date you received a
Rating Decision to file an appeal. To begin the appeal process, you will
need to notify the VA via letter that you disagree with the decision and
state the reasons for your disagreement. This letter is known as a Notice
of Disagreement (NOD) and must be sent to a local VA Regional Office.
Wait for Review – After sending your Notice of Disagreement, the VA Regional Office
will review and issue another decision known as a Statement of the Case
(SOC). This can be a lengthy process. The SOC will explain why and how
you received the decision you did.
Appeal – If you are not satisfied after reading the SOC, you have the opportunity
to file a VA Form 9, or a Substantive Appeal. When filing this form, you
will need to identify any mistakes made during your decision and submit
the form within 60 days of when the SOC was sent to you. You may also
request a personal hearing with your appeal.
Discuss Your Options with a Las Vegas Veterans Disability Lawyer
Whatever the reason may be for wanting to appeal a decision, our legal
team at Shook & Stone is available to help. We offer free case evaluations
during which we can fully review your case and determine whether an appeal
is in your best interests. We can also address any questions and concerns
you may have.
Contact us today to request a free consultation.