The VA Appeals Process
ROB LEVINE, VETERANS DISABILITY LAWYER
DENIED VA BENEFITS? GET AN ATTORNEY
Many claims are denied on the first try or are assigned a lower rating than a veteran deserves. And it doesn’t get easier from there! In February 2019, the VA launched a new appeals system in accordance with the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA). AMA now controls how appeals are filed for all decisions issued on or after February 19, 2019. Find out how this system impacts your appeal rights here.
THERE ARE AT LEAST 5 WAYS IN WHICH THE VA COULD SCREW UP YOUR DISABILITY BENEFITS
- Fail to provide you with a medical examination;
- Unfairly deny service connection;
- Assign the wrong rating;
- Assign the wrong effective date; and
- Ignore additional benefits to which you might be entitled.
Prior to the implementation of AMA, veterans had to file a form called a Notice of Disagreement at the Regional Office to appeal a Rating Decision. If the veteran was denied again, a Statement of the Case was issued and an appeal had to be filed at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. The old appeal system (now called “Legacy Appeals”) still applies to many pending appeals and any decision issued before February 19, 2019. Knowing when, how, and why to transfer your Legacy appeal to AMA is another challenging decision that many veterans face in their fight for benefits.
DON’T BATTLE THE VA ALONE
A lot has changed, but one thing remains the same: The process is still overwhelming and discourages you from pursuing the benefits you deserve. Don’t give up! Our attorneys know how to expertly navigate the VA’s appeal system to get you more benefits, faster, and with more back pay. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
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