If you’ve received a denial letter and ratings decision from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), don’t be discouraged. It’s common for initial claims for veterans disability to be denied, and you can appeal. To appeal, you will need to file a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) with the VA.
Don’t assume that the Veterans Administration will get it right the first time. The law of veterans disability benefits is complex and often misunderstood. Veterans regularly appeal VA decisions either because they are not compensated at the correct disability percentage or they are completely denied service connection. We can help you through the process.
There is recourse for those who need a second opinion or want to fight for their benefits: Veterans who are denied benefits can take advantage of an appeals system that allows them to challenge the decisions made by a regional Department of Veterans Affairs office or medical center.
While receiving a denial letter from the agency might leave you feeling like you have another battle on your hands, here are some of the basics regarding filing an appeal. You can file an appeal when a local VA has denied benefits for health care, education or pensions.
The first step is to send a Notice of Disagreement, or NOD, to your local VA office. This letter should include specific information about why the VA might have made a mistake when it denied your claim. It must clearly state that you want to appeal the denial. This letter must be sent within one year of your claim being denied.
If your disability claim has been denied, you may want to contact an attorney at Berry Law immediately. A qualified veterans’ disability lawyer can advise you of your rights and help you navigate your way through the system to get the benefits that you deserve.
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