Posted on: August 17, 2014
Serving your country presents a tremendous sacrifice that can also affect your financial standing. American soldiers often require financial assistance when all is said and done and it is time to return home to their families. Veterans with disabilities resulting from a disease or injury incurred during military service are often paid tax free disability compensation . Depending on the extent of the disability, this compensation can cover anything from medical bills to lost wages.
If you fail to qualify for this funding, it may still be possible to appeal your claim. Appealing a VA disability claim often requires an official review administered by The Board of Veterans’ Appeals as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs. Your eventual compensation and social security disability claims may be decided upon by the Veterans board members as well as an Associate Counsel. To succeed throughout these complex processes, it’s always recommended that you seek the assistance of an attorney that deals with veterans disability benefits.
How to Appeal
If you have filed a claim for veterans disability benefits before, and received a negative response from the local VA office, then it’s important that you understand how to appeal a claim. There is no special form that needs to be completed, however a written statement, also known as a N otice of Disagreement, is required. Your completed statement must include your disagreement with the VA office’s initial claim ruling, as well as your official appeal.
Keep in mind that you have one year to submit your appeal. If you do not submit this notice within 12 months, the VA’s determination will be finalized.
While appealing your VA disability claim, you may also submit an absolute or partial denial. If you disagree with the level of benefit granted, you may appeal that as well.
Usually, it is required that you file your appeal at the same local VA office that initially issued the ruling. However, if you have relocated and your claims file was transferred to a separate VA office, it’s required that you appeal your claim at this new location.
If you need assistance with appealing a VA disability claim, you may contact the social security disability and veterans disability compensation representatives at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers. We have offices located throughout South Carolina and are also always available by phone at 888-612-7001. We offer a free initial phone consultation, so please don’t hesitate!