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 qualified veterans’ disability attorneys, however, you will have the assistance and support needed to improve your chances of securing the benefits you deserve. Contact us today to learn more about filing a VA disability appeal in Las Vegas.
Reasons for an Appeal
Veterans in Las Vegas 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 a VA disability appeal in Las Vegas. 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.
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 Appeal Options With a Las Vegas VA Attorney
Whatever the reason may be for filing a VA disability appeal in Las Vegas, 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.