Submitting a VA Appeal in Minnesota
Despite a solid claim, the VA Regional Office may nonetheless make an improper decision for a Veteran’s initial disability benefits claim. When initial claims are denied, given a lower-than-expected rating, or applied to an incorrect effective date, you can appeal the decision. This is where you can get assistance from a dedicated Minnesota VA disability attorney.
There are separate avenues for appeal depending on what kind of mistake the VA made. Berry Law helps Veterans cut through the red tape and file high quality appeals that have helped Veterans recover over $100 Million in backpay owed to them by the government.
We have attorneys and advocates in various locations throughout the US, but the location of your attorney does not actually impact the process because all claims are Federally adjudicated. In fact, a Minnesota VA disability attorney does not have to be physically present in Minnesota to help a Veteran with their appeal. Our team has helped clients in Minnesota and every other state in America, along with Veterans in US territories and foreign countries.
The appeals process can be long, but if you have preserved your effective date by keeping appeals open, you are entitled to back pay for the entire time the claim was open.
Most appeals begin with filing a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) with your VA Regional Office. The NOD, usually due within one year of a rating decision, 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 Minnesota is located at: 1 Federal Dr. – Fort Snelling, St. Paul, MN 55111-4050.
The Regional Office will reply with a Statement of Case (SOC) that presents the state 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, please contact a Minnesota VA disability attorney at Berry Law for more information and a free consultation.