If you are considering filing a claim to receive Veterans Disability benefits, the process may seem daunting and you might feel like you don’t know where to begin. Here is a general outline of the process to give you an idea of what to expect.
The first step is to determine whether you’re eligible to receive benefits. To qualify, you must have served on active duty, active duty training, or inactive duty training and have a condition that’s related to your service.
The next step is gathering evidence to support your claim. Demonstrating that your disability is connected to your time in service is the key, and it is something with which an experienced attorney will be prepared to assist you. This includes obtaining medical records, statements from family members and others familiar with your medical history, and additional information supporting your case.
After all records are submitted, the Department of Veterans Affairs will review your case and ultimately make a decision as to whether you will receive benefits and, if so, how much your monthly payments will be.
During this time, there is little you need to do. You will be contacted if any additional information is needed and when a decision has been reached. If you disagree with the decision, you may appeal it. You will begin by filing a Notice of Disagreement. At this point, a Decision Review Officer may review your case, including any new evidence submitted. If it’s determined there’s still not enough evidence to grant your appeal, you will be notified with a new decision. At this stage, you may continue your appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals. If so, you will need to return your VA Form 9 within 60 days. If you’re submitting any new evidence, it will be submitted directly to the Board. Once all evidence is received, you may have an optional hearing. After the hearing, the Board will come to a decision.
For more information on filing any type of Veterans Disability claim, please feel free to give us a call anytime at 877.526.3457. One of our representatives will be happy to answer your questions. Or if you’d prefer to contact us online, please fill out this form.