Appealing a VA Decision in Michigan
Despite a solid claim, the VA Regional Office may nonetheless make an improper decision for a Veteran’s initial claim. If an initial claim is denied, rated too low, or given an improper effective date, you can appeal the decision. You can appeal the decision in a number of different ways, depending on how the decision was reached. This is the first time in the VA claims process that a Michigan VA appeals lawyer from Berry Law can assist. Our team can help you present the most compelling appeal for your case, and we have achieved desired results for Veterans 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. Therefore, it is not necessary to have a VA disability lawyer in Michigan. In fact, our team has helped clients in Michigan 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. Most appeals begin with filing a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) with your VA Regional Office. This form notifies the VA that you disagree with the decision that has been made. An NOD can simply state “I disagree” or can include substantial amounts of supporting evidence. The Regional Office in Michigan is located at: 477 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226.
The Regional Office responds to NODs with a Statement of Case (SOC), which outlines of the case and is sent to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA). The BVA will conduct their own review to reach a decision. If you feel that the BVA has made an incorrect ruling, the next step is to appeal to the CAVC. If you would like help appealing a VA decision in Michigan please contact a Michigan VA appeals lawyer from our team to schedule a free case evaluation.