Immediately after veterans agree to hire us, we send them a welcome packet and forms that allow us to begin representation. Shortly after the veteran receives our welcome packet, one of our attorneys will call the veteran to discuss our strategy. The welcome packet we send to our clients includes a document entitled “Veterans Disability Claims Information.” This document provides our veteran clients essential information to assist them throughout the VA appeals process and better help them understand how we fight.
Once we receive the pertinent documents back from the veteran, we submit them to the VA, letting them know that we are the veteran’s attorney.
Next we review all VA decisions and evidence we receive from the veteran. If we do not yet have a copy of the veterans claims file (C-file), we request a copy from the VA.
We then scrutinize the VA decision for both errors and reasons why the veterans’ claim was denied. In some instances, we must also determine why the VA assigned specific disability ratings and/or effective dates. Once we clearly understand the legal issues, we determine what actions we must take to get our clients the disability benefits they’ve earned. Sometimes we need to craft a legal argument and explain to the VA why its decision is wrong. Other times we need to develop the veteran’s claim by obtaining additional evidence and submitting it to the VA.
Our work with veteran clients is a team effort. When we discover there is insufficient medical evidence in a veterans file, we may need to obtain a veteran’s medical records from a private physician. Other times, we will advise the veteran that he or she needs a medical examination to provide the evidence we need to win.
When a veteran hire us we have an ethical duty to zealously advocate for him or her. Our expectation is that our clients communicate and work with us as a team member to accomplish our common goal.
Founded by Vietnam veteran and attorney John Stevens Berry, Berry Law represents veteran clients in all 50 states. If you’re appealing a claim before the VA, contact us today. We may be able to help you.
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