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Appealing Veterans disability claims denials

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  89 Comments

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If your claim for disability benefits is denied, you have the right to appeal. You must file the appeal within one year of the initial decision. Much media attention has been given to the high error rate in denials, so it makes sense to consider appealing the denial. Appeals represent almost one-third of the 800,000 […]

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Strengthening your VA Disability appeal

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  42 Comments

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You can appeal your VA disability decision for any reason, within one year. Three common points of appeal are: (1) dispute over the existence of a disability; (2) whether the disability was connected to your military service, or (3) the level of disability. What to include in an appeal Consider carefully the reason for the […]

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Can Veterans disability lawyers help?

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  22 Comments

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According to data from the VA, veterans disability lawyers can improve your chances of winning on appeal. According to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals data, veterans appealing in 2011 with no representation had 36% of their appeals denied. Veterans with attorneys had 18% of their appeals denied. Each situation is unique, and some cases can […]

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How much does a VA disability attorney cost?

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  233 Comments

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The use of a VA disability attorney is regulated by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. All attorneys who assist veterans with disability claims must be accredited by the VA, and the VA reviews all fee agreements. The VA has the authority to regulate conduct of attorneys who represent veterans, to provide the veteran some assurance […]

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Five Common Mistakes in VA disability claims

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  28 Comments

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The process of filing VA disability claims can be very confusing. If you haven’t started the process yourself, you’ve probably heard stories about the problems with delays and mistakes and lengthy appeals. As you make your way through the process, try to avoid these five common mistakes: 1. Putting off the filing of your claim […]

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VA disability benefits – What is a Fully Developed Claim?

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  70 Comments

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The Fully Developed Claim process is intended to be a fast track way to get VA disability benefits processed. From 2008-2012, the VA experienced a 50% increase in the number of claims submitted, and those incoming claims were more complex – containing 19% more medical conditions. The Fully Developed Claim (FDC) was first tested as […]

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Denial of VA disability benefits – Options for review before appeal

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  4 Comments

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If you’ve received a denial of your VA disability benefits claim, there are some options to consider before filing an appeal. Don’t be discouraged when you receive a denial. You should be aware that the VA has admitted to a high error rate in processing its claims. The denial could be due to an error […]

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When VA disability claims are denied, should I just reopen the claim?

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  336 Comments

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Veterans often wonder, when their VA disability claims are denied, should they just reopen a new claim. It’s understandable that the lengthy delay in the appeals process might lead vets to wonder about this option – but there are several key points to keep in mind: First, if you reopen a claim instead of appealing […]

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Veterans disability benefits include mental conditions

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  9 Comments

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Many service members may be reluctant to seek Veteran’s disability benefits treatment for mental health issues. This may be because they worry it will affect their ability to advance in the military; it can also be due to the VA’s history of not recognizing mental health conditions, and/or underrating the disability they can cause. One […]

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VA Pension & VA disability benefits

By   /  March 3, 2016  /  Veterans Benefits  /  3 Comments

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Veterans may wonder if they can receive both pension payments and VA disability benefits. The answer is yes, you might be able to participate in both programs – but it depends on the amount of your disability benefits. It may help to review the different purposes and eligibility requirements for each benefit: Non-service-connected pension benefits […]

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