The VA Appeals Process
After receiving notice that your disabilities claim has been denied in full or in part, it is important to understand the steps involved in appealing this decision. Appealing a denial of veterans disability benefits can be a complex undertaking. Now is the time to contact a veterans disability lawyer to request assistance.
Notice of Disagreement (NOD)
The appeals process begins with filing a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) with your VA regional office. This should be the same office that sent you the notice of denial. It is important to know that this Notice of Disagreement must be filed within one year of the date your notice of denial was sent to you. This date will likely be different from the date you actually received your notice of denial.
Statement of Case
If your VA regional office does not grant your claim after you have filed a Notice of Disagreement, then they will prepare a Statement of the Case. This is a document summarizing the decision to deny benefits. Your veterans disability lawyer can help you sift through the information contained in this document and help you decide how to proceed.
VA Form 9
After reading through your Statement of the Case with your veterans disability lawyer, you can decide to further appeal the denied claim. Your lawyer will help you procure, fill out and submit a VA Form 9. This form is submitted to your VA regional office. At this point, your regional office can approve or deny your claim. If your claim is denied once again, the VA Form 9 you submitted will be forwarded to the Board of Veterans Appeals for a decision.
Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Once the Board of Veterans Appeals studies your Form 9 they will make a final decision regarding your claim. If the Board of Veterans Appeals confirms your claim denial, then the next step is forwarding your appeal to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. If your claim continues to be denied, then the process may proceed all the way up the ladder to the United States Supreme Court.
How to Simplify the Process
As you can imagine, this lengthy, multi-step appeals process can breed both frustration and confusion. Hiring a veterans disability lawyer right here in Greensboro, NC can simplify the process and enhance your understanding. Ward Black Law has trained, VA-accredited veterans disability attorneys ready and waiting to help.
Contact our VA disability lawyers today for a free case review! You may reach Ward Black Law at (336) 333-2244, or toll-free: 1-877-256-1214. You may also reach Ward Black Law by email or online inquiry.
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