5 Hidden Benefits of Hiring a VA Disability Attorney


Lead VA Attorney Heather Vanhoose explains VA Disability to a USMC Veteran.

Lead VA Attorney Heather Vanhoose explains VA Disability to a USMC Veteran.

Most Veterans who are applying for VA Disability haven’t hired a VA lawyer before. While some people associate all attorneys with what they see on TV, there is no “Law and Order” for VA Disability attorneys.

While the type of work most VA attorneys perform may not be as glamorous or dramatic as what is portrayed on TV, it can be vitally important in the lives of disabled Veterans. But how exactly do VA attorneys help their clients get the benefits they deserve?


  • Medical Record Requesting.

VA Disability law firms, like Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, have the ability to request a Veteran’s medical records. This includes records from the VA, the military, and private doctors, too.

While this may seem like a small task, a law firm has often created relationships with medical facilities that help their employees quickly and efficiently request medical records. They can also do follow-ups with the facility if they don’t send records in a timely manner.


Not all law firms have a Claims File Review Team, but the Jan Dils team has a group of individuals dedicated to researching and reviewing claims files.

This is helpful because they can find evidence to help support a claim, find potential mistakes made by the VA, and even find potential new claims that Veterans may not be aware they were eligible for.


  • Case Managers.

The VA Disability process has a reputation for being very complicated and confusing. When Veterans file claims on their own, it can be difficult to get answers to questions they may have.

The Internet doesn’t always have reliable information. You might think that calling VA will be helpful. But it can be very difficult to get a call through via the 1-800 number, and the phone center may not have the information to help, either.

When a Veteran uses an attorney like Jan Dils, they are assigned a Case Manager who is well trained in all aspects of VA law and can help their clients better understand the process.


  • Vested interest.

Most attorneys work on a contingency fee as opposed to Veteran’s advocates who traditionally work pro bono. While it’s understandable that an advocate who does not charge might be tempting, don’t automatically dismiss an attorney because they charge a fee.

Attorneys often have more resources to help Veterans get their benefits. Also, by charging a fee, an attorney’s compensation is based on their performance. So, if they are successful with a Veteran’s case, they will earn more.

  • Knowledge.

Obviously, lawyers go to law school, and they are specially trained to practice law in specific disciplines, such as VA law.

Not only do they have specialized training but, depending on the size of the firm, the lawyer may have argued on behalf of Veterans hundreds, or even thousands, of times.


Individual Unemployability is a part of VA’s disability compensation program that allows VA to pay certain Veterans disability compensation.

A VA Disability claim may be difficult, but Veterans do not have to fight for their benefits alone. They can hire a VA Disability attorney to help them navigate through the red tape. To learn what Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law can do for you, call today for a free consultation. The toll-free number is 1-877-526-3457. If you can’t talk now, fill out this form so that a member of the team can call you at a better time.

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