Submitting a VA Appeal in Puerto Rico
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, you can appeal the decision. There are separate avenues for appeal depending on what kind of mistake the VA made. This is the first step in the VA claims process that a Puerto Rico VA disability lawyer from Berry Law can help. Our team helps Veterans file high quality appeals, resulting A Puerto Rico VA disability lawyer from Berry Law will help Veterans like you cut through the red tape and file high-quality appeals.
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, you do not actually need a VA disability lawyer in Puerto Rico to file your appeal. In fact, our team has helped Veterans in all 50 states, along with Veterans in US territories and foreign countries, such as Puerto Rico.
Some appeals processes can last years, but as long as you have preserved your effective date by keeping appeals open, you are entitled to back pay for entire time that has elapsed. 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. 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 Puerto Rico is located at 50 Carr 165, Guaynabo, PR 00968-8024.
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 feel that the BVA has made an incorrect ruling, the next step is to appeal to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). If you would like help appealing a VA decision in Puerto Rico please reach out to a Puerto Rico VA disability lawyer from Berry Law for a free consultation on what your options may be.