We review VA's decisions to find its mistakes so that you can prevail on your claims.
We work to identify theories and develop strategies to help you obtain the highest level of compensation benefits available under the law, including:
- Service Connection
- Retroactive Benefits / Earlier Effective Dates
- Increased Disability Ratings
- Individual Unemployability (TDIU / IU)
- Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)
- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) and Accrued Benefits
- Revision of Previous VA Decisions due to Clear and Unmistakable Error (CUE)
We work with you to identify whether VA obtained all of the relevant evidence that could support awarding additional benefits to you. We also work with you to obtain any additional evidence that could support your claims.
Of course, there may be situations where there is nothing more to do, VA's decision is correct, or there are no additional benefits available under the law. We will discuss these with you and explain the reasons for our assessment. After all, your time is valuable, and we won't want to lead you on a wild goose chase for benefits that are unlikely or impossible to obtain.
HANDLING CLAIMS AT THE REGIONAL OFFICE
On February 19, 2019, VA implemented a new appeals system. That new system applies for all regional office decisions made on or after that date, unless that regional office decision was made while the claim was already on appeal in the prior, legacy appeals system.
You have different rights, responsibilities, and procedural possibilities depending on whether your claims are in the new or legacy appeals system.
Moreover, you may have some claims in one system and some claims in the other system, depending on when you filed them or when VA decided them. Each system has different rules that you must comply with or risk the Board denying the claim -- again.
We can help you navigate this complicated system and help you choose the best available appeal system and appeal path for your claims. Contact us to find out more.