The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 was signed into law in August 2017 by former President Donald Trump.
The law’s intention is to accelerate the process for VA disability compensation claims. It has resulted in several important changes to the VA appeals process, which may accelerate or alter the deadlines and timelines you can expect.
Thanks to the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, you now have three different review options when filing an appeal for a disability claim:
In this system, you now have multiple means of pursuing recourse for your disability claim. It’s much more flexible and versatile compared to the old system, which limited most Veterans to filing NODs when they are dissatisfied with a VA disability decision.
Generally, the VA appeals process takes between 18 and 24 months from start to finish. However, this timeline can vary heavily depending on the complexity of your claim, the staffing level of your regional VA office, and other factors.
In many cases, working with knowledgeable Veterans’ law attorneys can accelerate your timeline.
For example, Berry Law may be able to advise you to use the supplemental claim lane when filing an appeal for your disability benefits. In this situation, you’ll need to provide the VA with extra evidence, but you could receive a decision within a few months instead of one to two years.
When filing an appeal, you must operate under certain strict deadlines for different steps or stages. These important deadlines include:
There are other deadlines to keep in mind as well. However, your legal team can advise you about upcoming deadlines and make sure you don’t miss any important dates for paperwork, filing, and similar tasks.
Ultimately, every VA appeal is different, and there’s no guarantee that your appeal will have a positive decision or fast outcome.
Working with experienced lawyers is the best way to maximize the chances of a successful appeal and resolve the situation quickly. Contact Berry Law today to find out how we can help you as soon as possible.
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