VA Supplemental Claims: Appeals, Evidence & Success Rates

VA Supplemental Claims: Appeals, Evidence & Success Rates

If your disability benefits claim is denied by the VA or if you receive a lower disability benefits rating than you believe is necessary, you may be able to appeal the decision. However, filing a successful appeal can be difficult, even in the best of circumstances.

You may have a higher chance of success using the supplemental claims method of appeals. Read on for more information about how to use the supplemental claims process for your disability benefits appeal.

What Are Supplemental Claims?

A supplemental claim is a secondary method through which you can file a disability benefits or appeals claim through the recently implemented Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP). Put simply, RAMP lets you appeal your disability benefits decision through several claim lanes.

The first claim lane is the higher-level review lane. This requires asking the VA to look at the information you have provided and contacting you for a de novo review. You can’t submit any new evidence through this lane.

The supplemental claim lane has the VA look over new information you submit alongside your appeal paperwork. You must have new evidence to appeal the VA benefits decision through this lane.

The AMA Explained

The 2017 law called the Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act (AMA) restructured the Veterans’ disability benefits appeals process in order to streamline decisions and simplify processes across the board.

It was fully implemented in 2019, and now it requires Veterans like you to appeal disability benefits decisions through using supplemental claim lanes, higher-level reviews, or by filing a Notice of Disagreement to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. 

When Is It Wise To Use the Supplemental Claim Lane?

It’s a good idea to use the supplemental to appeal your disability benefits decision if you believe you have new or relevant evidence to support your claim on appeal. This evidence can include:

  • Recently discovered photographs showing you are at a location even if the VA says they don’t have records of you being there
  • Military awards are newspaper articles that support your PTSD stressor or claim
  • Letters or buddy statements from friends, family members, and others who know you are injured in service to the military
  • New medical records that show a confirmed diagnosis or more severe symptoms compared to what the VA says you have

How Do You Qualify for the Supplemental Claim Lane?

You can qualify for the supplemental claim lane if you meet the below requirements:

  • Have an active claim at one of the following appeals stages: NOD or Notice of Disagreement, Form 9, Certified to Board (Not Activated), Remand
  • Have new and material evidence in support of your appeals claim in order to qualify this action

You should pick a different appeal option for your disability claim if you don’t have any new and material evidence to offer in support.

How To Use the Supplemental Claim Lane

In order to use the supplemental claim lane to appeal your disability benefits decision, you have to submit a RAMP opt-in election form. Then, check “Supplemental Claim.” Be sure to opt-in to RAMP within one year of receiving your VA decision, so your claim retains its effective date.

Contact Berry Law Today

Knowledgeable Veterans law attorneys are the best contacts to help you through the appeals process, including through using the supplemental claims lane. Contact Berry Law today for a free consultation and case evaluation.


VA’s Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP) |

Appeals Modernization | Veterans Benefits Administration

Higher-Level Reviews | Veterans Affairs

Berry Law

The attorneys at Berry Law are dedicated to helping injured Veterans. With extensive experience working with VA disability claims, Berry Law can help you with your disability appeals.

This material is for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship between the Firm and the reader, and does not constitute legal advice. Legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and the contents of this blog are not a substitute for legal counsel.

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