VA Appeals in Pennsylvania
Unfortunately, the VA does not always make the correct decision for a Veteran’s initial claim. When initial claims are denied, given a lower-than-expected rating, or applied to an incorrect effective date, the Veteran has the right to appeal. This is the step where you can enlist the help of an experienced Pennsylvania VA disability lawyer.
There are separate avenues for appeal depending on what kind of mistake the VA made. Berry Law helps simplify the process for our clients, crafting well researched appeals that have been a crucial part of helping Veterans receive the compensation they are entitled to, including back pay. Berry Law has helped its clients recover over $100 Million in backpay over decades of client service.
We have attorneys and advocates in various locations throughout the US, but the location of your attorney does not actually impact the appeals process because it is Federal in nature. Pennsylvania VA appeals lawyers do not need to be located in Pennsylvania to help with a VA disability appeal. Our team has helped clients in Pennsylvania, and every other state in America, along with Veterans in US territories and foreign countries.
Some appeals processes can last years, but if 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 the form and commenting “I disagree,” or can include dozens of pages of supporting material. The VA Regional Offices in Pennsylvania are located at: 5000 Wissahickon Ave. Philadelphia, PA and 1000 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA.
The Regional Office responds to NODs with a Statement of Case (SOC), which outlines details 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 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 Pennsylvania, please contact a Pennsylvania VA disability lawyer at (888) 883-2483 for more information and a free consultation.