Applying For VA Disability Benefits

ROB LEVINE, A LAWYER FOR YOUR VETERANS DISABILITY CLAIM

APPLYING FOR VETERANS DISABILITY BENEFITS

The process of applying for VA benefits can be long and complicated, only to get denied in the end. Whether you are just starting the process of applying for benefits or have been trying to get benefits for years, Rob Levine & Associates can help. Reach out to our office today to get the process started and ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve.

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WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU FILE A VA DISABILITY CLAIM?  

After you file, the VA has a duty to assist you in developing your claim for benefits. This duty could involve the VA obtaining your service records, medical records, and social security records. Sometimes the duty to assist includes providing you with a medical examination called a Comp & Pen exam. You typically have to submit a certain amount of evidence to trigger the VA’s duty to provide you with a Comp & Pen exam, which is discussed here.

While working on your claim, the VA may send you a letter asking for additional evidence. This is called a VCAA Letter. Be sure to respond to these letters, as the VA may automatically deny your claim if you don’t!

After filing a claim, you should receive a decision from the VA within about 3-8 months, depending on your VA Regional Office. This decision is called a Rating Decision. A Rating Decision will include a breakdown of each disability decided, a summary of the evidence considered and applicable laws, and identification of findings favorable to the veteran.

GET STARTED WITH YOUR VA DISABILITY CLAIM

To receive benefits for any service-related disability, you must submit an application for benefits, which is called filing a claim. Our experienced team at Rob Levine & Associates can get this process started for you. This would include:

  • Providing a comprehensive evaluation of your entitlement to any VA benefits;
  • Filling an initial claim on your behalf;
  • Responding to VCAA letters and other VA requests for information;
  • Preparing you for the Comp & Pen exam process; and
  • Filing your appeal (if necessary).

Generally, your effective date for any awarded benefits will date back to when you filed your claim, so be sure to contact us today!

AFTER RECEIVING A RATING DECISION

Unfortunately, far too many veterans wait several months only to receive a denial of their initial claim. Even if the VA grants service connection for a disability, it often unfairly assigns the wrong rating or effective date.

If you have received a recent Rating Decision, contact us today for a free case evaluation! We are ready to fight the VA and secure the benefits you deserve.

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