Applying for Veterans Benefits
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims process is notoriously complex. Because of a backlog of claims, it may take many months to receive a determination from the VA on your claim.
The Berry Law Firm provides experienced VA disability claims representation nationwide. We work quickly and pursue every option available to you.
How We Can Assist You
We begin by interviewing our clients to learn about their service experience and medical conditions as well as the status of their VA claims. When we have this information, we develop a strategy for each claim. This often includes gathering the necessary evidence to prove a service connection.
If you are denied VA benefits, we can appeal your claim through your regional office. Depending on the specific findings in your rating decision, it may be necessary to appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA).
When a veteran believes his or her disability rating is too low, we prepare a Notice of Disagreement. We approach this step much like preparing a brief for an appellate court, addressing any errors made by the regional office and highlighting our complaints for the next level of review with the BVA. Sometimes, it is a matter of developing the claim and presenting evidence that the VA does not have in its possession.
The BVA will most likely review the record of your case from the regional office level and base its decision on the original evidence, although you are free to submit new evidence. If the BVA affirms the decision made by the regional office, you may appeal the decision to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (USCAVC). At this stage, the appeal is no longer an administrative process, but a matter handled in U.S. federal court.
In addition to pursuing your claims for service-connection we can review existing compensation amounts to see if you may be eligible for an increase in benefits or a higher disability rating. To speak with a member of our team, please call (888) 883-2483 today or contact us online. Your consultation is free.