How effective communication can help you win your VA Disability Claim

Toyotas are boring cars. This is so much of an issue for the auto manufacture that they are trying desperately to make you believe driving a Toyota Camry can be fun. (Evidence is provided in the form of a commercial posted below.) It’s not. It’s simply not a fun car to drive. Toyota should settle down though. People don’t buy Carmys because they are fun; they buy them because they are reliable. You can buy a Camry, put gas in it, and never really have to worry about the car until you sell it a few years later. Some individuals believe that if they hire a VA Disability Attorney they can simply let their case go, and wait for a decision to come back in a few months. Think of your VA claim like buying a classic Mercedes: it will break down, it needs constant maintenance, and there is a good chance it’s going to get recalled a few times.  Just like not taking your car in for service will result in a breakdown, failure to communicate with your VA Disability Attorney can result in a loss of your case. Let us pop the hood on this subject and see why effective communication is important for your Veterans Claim.

When you hire an attorney like Jan Dils Attorneys at Law, you won’t have to worry a lot about your case. We take care of submitting evidence, filing appeals, reviewing medical records, representing you at hearings and so much more. We are efficient, effective, and good at what we do. However, we have to deal with the VA. The Department of Veterans Affairs, like my former Dodge Neon, is not a well-oiled machine.  Occasionally, things come up in these cases in which client input is required. This can range anywhere from needing to know where you sought treatment most recently, to rescheduling a hearing because of a conflict. In these situations, quick effective communication is key for our success.

It’s not always panic situations like hearing cancellations though. If you served even one day in the military, you know they love paperwork. However, the VA loves it even more. Whenever you receive a VCAA there is a good chance that you will need to fill out a form, or survey. We review all VCAA’s on behalf of our clients, but if they are asking for something like a buddy statement, there is no way we can fill that out on your behalf. This is one of the situations in which our ability to contact you is imperative. Something like a buddy statement can be the piece of evidence that gets you service connected for PTSD, a back injury, etc.

Here are some tips for keeping an open line of communication with your attorney:

  • Give your attorney updated phone numbers
  • Notify your attorney of an address change
  • Respond to mail correspondence
  • Return phone calls
  • Be proactive about your case
  • Make use of email
  • If you no longer have access to a phone, let us know
  • Use Social Media if you can’t call during regular operating hours

If you have questions about your claim, or would like to know what we can do to help you get service connected, give me a call today for a free consultation. Reach me toll free at 1-877-526-3457. If you’d rather I call you, fill out this form now.

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