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Should I Hire a VA Appeal Lawyer?
Should I Hire a VA Appeal Lawyer?
Should I hire a VA appeal lawyer? It’s a question many veterans trying to receive VA compensation ask themselves. The simple answer is, it depends. Some veterans are able to handle an appeal on their own and others like to use a service officer. Still others are tired of fighting the VA and just want some help. If you hire an attorney, there are a few things you should know about how to make your time with him or her most effective.
If you are applying for VA benefits for the first time and have a straightforward case, you may never need an attorney. If you have a complicated case or are overwhelmed by the appeals process, hiring an attorney might be the best option for you. Even small mistakes in your claims file can result in a denial for benefits, and appealing can take years depending on the nature of the appeal and the assigned VA regional office.
Most veterans initially contact an attorney after they receive a Rating Decision denying their claims. However, some veterans prefer to take a stab at the appeal on their own. If you’re unsuccessful in appealing your case, you may hire an attorney at any point in the process.
Choosing the right lawyer for you, however, is a different question. When choosing an attorney, here are a few questions you can ask to ensure that you are in good hands:
- Are you a VA-accredited attorney?
- How long have you been practicing veterans’ law?
- Why did you decide to practice veterans’ law?
- When did you last attend veterans’ law training?
- How many VA cases have you handled?
- Will you represent me all the way through my appeal (all the way up through the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Federal Circuit, or Supreme Court)?
- Are you admitted to practice before the CAVC?
While you might assume that any lawyer has these credentials, you would be surprised at how many do not. We know how complicated and frustrating the VA disability benefits appeals process can be and we are in it for the long fight. This isn’t a new area of law to us, we’ve been appealing veterans’ disability claims for decades. If you’re asking yourself, “I don’t know if I need help. Should I hire a VA appeal lawyer? Will they actually be able to help me?” feel free to contact Berry Law Firm for a free consultation.
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At Berry Law Firm, our attorneys are our most casualty-producing weapon. We don’t treat them like an M4 rifle in an infantry squad, we treat them as the M240 Bravo, the machine gun. Attorneys are the focal point of our fight; they are our heavy hitters. When we have that M240 Bravo in a firefight, we don’t want to take it off the line, we want to use it as much as possible to engage the enemy. We effectively use our resources to get our clients the VA disability benefits that they deserve.
Should I hire a VA appeal lawyer? Are you receiving all the veterans’ disability compensation you are entitled to receive by law? If you need assistance appealing a VA Rating Decision, please contact us.
Established in 1965 by Vietnam War veteran and attorney John Stevens Berry Sr., Berry Law Firm is a team of veterans dedicated to defending, safeguarding, and fighting to protect the rights of veterans. Over the decades, thousands of veterans from across the country and all branches of the military have trusted our firm with their cases and, more importantly, their futures.