Appealing a VA Decision in Montana
Unfortunately, the VA does not always make the correct decision for a Veteran’s initial 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 first step in the process that a VA appeals attorney from Berry Law can help you with your claim. You can appeal in a variety of different ways depending on how the decision was reached. A Montana VA disability lawyer from Berry Law can help you appeal your decision.
Berry Law helps simplify the process for our clients, crafting well researched 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 it is Federal in nature. Therefore, you do not need a VA disability lawyer in Montana to help with your appeal. Our team at Berry Law has helped Veterans in Montana and every other state in America, along with Veterans in US territories and foreign countries. We understand what it takes to win an appeal and we are committed to helping Veterans in their fight for disability compensation.
The appeals process can be long, but as long as you have preserved your effective date by keeping appeals open, you are entitled to back pay for the entire process. 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. NODs can be as simple as filling out the form and commenting “I disagree” or can include dozens of pages of supporting material. The Regional Offices in Montana are located at: 3633 Veterans Dr., Building 167, Fort Harrison, MT 59636.
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 review the material to make its own determination. 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 Montana, please reach out to a Montana VA disability lawyer on our team to schedule a free consultation and discuss what your options may be.