Appealing a VA Decision in Colorado
Even the most thoroughly prepared claim for benefits may not yield the desired result for a Veteran’s initial claim. When initial claims are denied, given a lower-than-expected rating, or applied to an incorrect effective date, you can appeal the decision.
You can appeal in several different ways depending on how the decision was reached. The attorneys at Berry Law help simplify the process while crafting well researched appeals that have achieved desired outcomes for Veterans for decades.
We have representatives in multiple cities, but the location of your attorney does not actually impact the process because all claims are Federally adjudicated. We have helped clients in Colorado, and each of the other 49 states, along with Veterans in US territories and foreign countries.
The appeals procedure can be long, but if you have preserved your effective date by keeping appeals open, you are entitled to back pay for the whole period of the process.
The first type of appeal is usually a Notice of Disagreement (NOD). The NOD, usually due within one year of a rating decision, notifies the VA that you disagree with the decision that has been made. NODs can be as simple as filling out the form and commenting “I disagree with this rating decision”, or can include dozens of pages of supporting material.
The Regional Office will reply with a Statement of Case (SOC), which presents the state of the case and is sent to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA). The BVA will issue a decision that may or may not satisfy the Veteran. If you are unsatisfied with the BVA decision, you can then appeal to the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) for further adjudication.
If you are wanting help appealing a VA decision in Colorado, contact the team of attorneys at Berry Law for a free consultation.