When you receive the SOC, you may file a Substantive Appeal. This is a VA form that requires explanations of:
- Each specific issue you are appealing and why (e.g., improper denial or a too-low disability rating)
- Why you disagree with the decision made in the initial claim evaluation
- What facts you think the VA got wrong and/or how you think the VA misapplied the law in your case
- What disability rating you believe is appropriate for each service-connected disability you claim
Each point above must be supported by relevant evidence. The veteran disability claims attorneys at Berry Law Firm can make sure your appeal of a denied benefits claim includes new evidence or a new explanation of evidence that persuasively states your case. We conduct a thorough review of your existing claim and supporting evidence to identify a basis for appeal. We work to obtain any military, medical, and/or employment records that you don’t have that may help to establish your disability.
Berry Law Firm can refer you to doctors, psychologists, or other medical experts who are familiar with VA disability requirements. We often work with doctors who review veterans’ claims files and/or examine our clients when VA doctors fail to provide a complete or adequate examination. We also consult with vocational experts about clients’ ability to work, if appropriate.
We know what the VA looks for to judge a medically identifiable, service-connected physical or mental condition that causes you to be disabled. Because of our experience litigating VA disability claim appeals, our lawyers know where the VA misapplied the law in your case or simply got the facts wrong.
We are accredited by the VA to represent veterans seeking compensation, and our firm has obtained millions of dollars in disability benefits for thousands of U.S. military veterans.