Veterans throughout the state of Texas are entitled to disability compensation for injuries that occurred while they were serving our country. This includes Veterans who currently live in Dallas, home to approximately 380,000 Veterans. If you are a Veteran in Dallas and have been denied disability benefits or given an unfavorable rating decision, Berry Law can help. The Dallas VA disability lawyers on our team are dedicated to providing Veterans the assistance they need for their disability claim.
Berry Law is committed to helping Veterans in their fight for disability compensation. Our team has helped thousands of Veterans throughout the country successfully appeal unfavorable decisions by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Founded in 1965 by a Vietnam Veteran, Berry Law has been fighting the VA for over 50 years. Our team features attorneys from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. We are dedicated to helping Veterans because we are a team full of them. Contact Berry Law today to see how a Dallas VA disability lawyer could help you in your fight for VA benefits.
Unfortunately, the Dallas VA lawyers on our team are unable to assist with the initial application for disability benefits due to legal regulations. To begin the disability benefits process, we often recommend Veterans can seek the assistance of a local Veteran Service Organization (VSO). VSO’s are organizations accredited by the VA to assist Veterans applying for disability compensation. Veterans can also apply for benefits through the VA’s eBenefits portal or by submitting VA Form 21-526EZ.
One of the most important aspects for a Veteran filing a claim is getting their application submitted as soon as possible. The earlier the claim is submitted, the earlier the effective date for the Veteran is given. The effective date is important because that is the date the VA will pay back to once your claim is granted. So, if you applied for benefits in January 2015 and your claim was granted at 50% in January 2020, you would receive a lump sum payment for the 5 years since your effective date.
It is important to note that you may lose your effective date if you miss an appeal deadline. It is crucial to appeal your claim thoroughly, to keep the effective date in place and ensure you receive the full disability compensation you are entitled to.
After submitting your claim for benefits, the VA will issue their decision, known as a rating decision. What happens when your claim has been denied or you receive an unfavorable rating decision? Well, you always have the opportunity to appeal the VA’s decision.
Our Dallas VA disability attorneys have experience helping Veterans appeal their VA decisions, and we understand what a Veteran must prove to get their claim granted. An experienced VA appeals attorney in Dallas could prove vital in your claim. However, since the appeals process is Federal in nature, you do not actually need a VA disability lawyer in Dallas. In fact, our team has helped Veterans in every state in the US as well as Veterans living abroad.
The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (AMA) gives Veterans multiple different avenues for appealing their rating decision. Basically, the Act gives a Veteran three lanes for appealing their decision: Higher-Level Review, Supplemental Claim, or an Appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals.
The Veteran can appeal through the Higher-Level Review lane, which gives them the opportunity to have a more senior claims adjudicator review their claim. However, this appeal lane does not allow the Veteran to submit additional evidence in support of their claim.
Supplemental Claim Lane
The Supplemental Claim lane gives the Veteran the chance to submit new and relevant evidence when they appeal the decision. This is a great opportunity to provide the VA with evidence you may not have had when you initially filed the claim.
Appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals
By appealing to the Board, a Veteran is given further options for their claim. They can ask to submit additional evidence, ask for a direct review, or request a hearing in front of a Veterans law judge.
There are certain tactical advantages of each lane, along with some disadvantages. A Dallas VA disability lawyer from our team could help determine which lane is most effective for your claim and provide you with the best opportunity for your claim to be granted.
Unfortunately, not all Veterans disability attorneys serving Texas are equal. When researching attorneys to represent you and your claim for disability benefits, it is often a good idea to select a Dallas VA attorney who has experience representing clients with all types of appeals. On top of that, you can help gauge the work product of a firm by looking at their reviews and client testimonials.
A Dallas VA disability lawyer from Berry Law could help craft the most effective appeal on your behalf. Our team understands the VA appeals process, and we are dedicated to helping fellow Veterans in their fight for disability compensation. Contact a Dallas VA lawyer on our team today to schedule a free case evaluation.
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