Appealing a VA Decision with a Kentucky VA Disability Lawyer
Despite a solid claim, the VA Regional Office may nonetheless make an improper decision for a Veteran’s initial disability benefits claim. If an initial claim is denied, rated too low, or given an improper effective date, the Veteran has the right to appeal. This is the step in the process where a Kentucky VA disability lawyer from Berry Law can step in and assist.
There are separate avenues for appeal depending on what kind of mistake the VA made. The Kentucky VA appeals lawyers at Berry Law help Veterans cut through the red tape and file high quality appeals that have achieved results for our Veteran clients for decades. We have representatives in multiple cities, but the location of your attorney does not actually impact the process because it is Federal in nature. This means that a Kentucky VA disability lawyer does not need to be physically located in Kentucky to help Veterans with their appeals. Berry Law has helped Veterans in Kentucky and every other state in America, along with Veterans in US territories and foreign countries.
The appeals process can be long, but as long as you have preserved your effective date by keeping appeals open, you are entitled to receive back pay for every month that elapsed during the process.
The first type of appeal is usually a Notice of Disagreement (NOD). This form notifies the VA that you disagree with the decision that has been made. NODs can be as simple as filling out a form and commenting “I disagree” or can include dozens of pages of supporting material. The Regional Office in Kentucky is located at: 321 West Main St., Louisville, KY 40202.
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 would like help appealing a VA decision in Kentucky, please reach out to a Kentucky VA disability lawyer from our team at (888) 883-2483 for more information and a free consultation.