Appealing a VA Claim in Kansas City
In a perfect world, Veterans would be granted disability benefits after their initial claim. As most Veterans know, this rarely happens. Veterans who have their claim for benefits denied or receive an unfavorable decision have the right to appeal.
This is the first step in the claims process that a Kansas City Veterans disability attorney at Berry law can help.
Berry Law has helped thousands of Veterans across the country successfully appeal their rating decisions. The attorneys and staff understand what is needed to get a claim approved, and they have experience fighting for Veterans.
Recently, the VA implemented the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, otherwise known as AMA. AMA gives Veterans a tactical decision when appealing to the claim.
You can appeal your claim in one of three lanes:
Supplemental Claim Lane – The supplemental claim lane allows you to submit additional evidence to support your claim. The VA will then issue a decision in approximately 125 days. This is one of the most common appeal lanes under AMA.
Higher Level Review Lane – The higher-level review lane allows you to ask the VA to have a more senior-level claims adjudicator review your decision. This review is “de novo,” meaning prior decisions hold no weight. This lane does not allow you to file additional evidence.
Board of Veterans Appeals Lane – The Board of Veterans Appeals lane gives a Veteran more options when appealing. Under the BVA lane, you can ask for a direct review without submitting supplemental evidence, submit additional evidence in support for your claim, or request a hearing in front of a Veterans Law Judge.
Each lane has its advantages and disadvantages. A skilled Kansas City VA disability lawyer at Berry Law could help you determine which lane is most effective for your appeal.