In general, a lawyer cannot intervene with doctors or the VA health system. If you don`t get the treatment or medication you think you need, a lawyer can`t force a doctor to help you. The contract you have with your lawyer determines the services offered. A lawyer who focuses solely on VA disability compensation may not be able to help you with other legal issues, although you can always ask. If you have received a refusal from the VA, it may be time to contact a lawyer. If you have already filed claims in the past and need to reopen those claims, a lawyer may also be helpful at this point, especially if you need to challenge your claims before the Veterans Appeal Board (OLA) or the Court of Appeal for Veterans Claims (CAVC). We`ll see why a lawyer can help you in a moment. While the VA`s disability compensation system is supposed to be veteran-friendly, the reality is that the rules and regulations that govern the claims process can be confusing for everyone involved. Just as most people do not want to go through other legal processes without competent representation, veterans also deserve to be represented.
A good lawyer understands the claims process, the evidence needed to establish a service relationship, and how to maximize an assessment. You may be able to find benefits you weren`t even aware of. A lawyer will also follow the appeal deadlines to protect your interests. «I came to Berry Law, and they really helped me. I love helping other veterans, and Berry Law does a pretty good job. You know the system.. because everything has to be phrased that way, right, until you throw it away. So I owe a lot to Berry Law. «Having the ability to talk to another veteran who can represent me and who was where I was – literally walking the streets in Iraq that I walked – and who is now able to convey the message that I need to convey on my behalf is crucial. Berry Law was very methodical in reviewing the files I had. They found many of the discrepancies that the Veterans Administration had made in my appeal process. They are always available.
They are approachable, they are friendly, very professional. «I served for twenty years. John was a train driver in 1998 and 1999. We sent together to Bosnia on the same train. In my twenty-year career, he was probably the best train driver I`ve ever worked for. Chris Kowalewski, Bronze Star with V Device Recipient When you contact your lawyer, you focus on what you need to do to get the compensation you are entitled to. Your lawyer wants to help you; He or she can do it better by focusing on your attraction and records. Remember to keep your communication short and focused – your lawyer will not only thank you, but also have more time to work on your case. An effective lawyer can put you in a position to win your appeal the first time, speeding up your claims. Veterans` claims are often part of a cycle of refusal, appeal, pre-trial detention, refusal, appeal, pre-trial detention, pre-trial detention, etc. This can add years to a claim.
An experienced veteran disability lawyer can effectively present the law and facts to the VA the first time, allowing veterans to receive their disability benefits more quickly in many cases. We encounter many misconceptions about what a lawyer can do for a veteran who is applying for disability compensation from the VA. When deciding whether or not to hire a lawyer, consider the following: Your email address will not be published. Mandatory fields are marked * «They were still firing and a warship off the coast had big guns. We directed the fire from there and they fired a few volleys and plugged them right. However, if you only hire a lawyer, the process won`t be any faster. According to a recent report, more than 440,000 veterans have appeals pending, including 80,000 veterans who have applications older than five years and 5,000 whose applications are more than a decade old. Most VA regional offices try to process older applications first, and while new applications are processed relatively quickly, calls simply take much longer. Keep in mind that your lawyer won`t get paid until you do, which means they`re highly motivated to win. In some cases yes, in others no. There are things a lawyer can do that can speed up an appeal claim, but if you just want the VA to expedite a claim, your duty agent should be able to do it for you. If you are a Veteran and your disability application has been refused by the VA, please call us at (402) 466-8444 or contact us online.
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