Appealing a VA Decision in South Carolina
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. Berry Law’s South Carolina VA disability lawyers help Veterans cut through the red tape and file high quality appeals. These appeals have helped Veterans recover over $100 Million in backpay owed to them by the government. You can see some of our case results here.
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. So, you do not need a VA disability lawyer in South Carolina. A Veterans benefits attorney can help you with your claim no matter the location. In fact, our team has helped Veterans in South Carolina and every other state in America, along with Veterans in US territories and foreign countries. The appeals process can be long, but as long as 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.
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 Office in South Carolina is located at: 6437 Garners Ferry Rd, Columbia, South Carolina.
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 South Carolina, please contact the a South Carolina VA disability attorney at Berry Law for a free consultation.