Veterans’ Disability Attorney

Applying for disability benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can be a frustrating, lengthy and complex process. The VA disability compensation bureaucracy is difficult to navigate, slow and inaccurate, all of which leads to incorrect medical benefits and disability compensation. The process can be simpler by entrusting your claim to a veterans’ disability attorney.

No matter how worthy your claim, it can be turned down due to technicalities at any stage. Judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims have acknowledged this and noted that attorney assistance would do much to avoid errors and speed the process for veterans.

The Law Office of Benjamin W. Wright will guide you through the entire claims process including:

  • Completing and filing all VA forms with the proper office
  • Preparing you for all hearings
  • Representing you at all hearings
  • Answering your questions as they arise
  • Maintaining an open line of communication to keep you informed of your case status

The Law Office of Benjamin W. Wright can help veterans and their families throughout Ohio obtain the disability benefits they are entitled to from the VA. Our attorneys are well versed in the VA legal procedure and will help veterans avoid roadblocks that can delay the already difficult process.

Contact us today if your VA disability claim has been denied or you disagree with your disability rating.

If you face a denial of veterans’ benefits by the VA, one of the most crucial steps to your success can be retaining an attorney. We recommend you contact the Law Office of Benjamin W. Wright to make an appointment so we can discuss your particular case further.

FAQ

  1. Q: Should I appeal the VA’s decision?
  2. Q: Why should an attorney represent me?
  3. Q: How long do I have to file a VA appeal?
  4. Q: What are my chances of winning a VA appeal?
  5. Q: How long does a VA appeal take?
  6. Q: What is the VA disability compensation determination process in general?

Q: Should I appeal the VA’s decision?

A: In most cases, the answer is yes. Errors are frequent. The Center for Investigative Reporting determined that the VA has an estimated error rate of 38 percent in some types of disability claims cases. Moreover, VA employees have a poor record for competence. On an open-book job skill certification test, only 25-29 percent of the "best and brightest adjudicators" passed.

Q: Why should an attorney represent me?

A: Appealing a decision by the VA without experienced legal counsel dramatically reduces your prospects of success. The law governing veterans’ benefits has grown increasingly complex. Attorneys are best suited to navigate and understand the bureaucratic rules and regulations and to draft claims that are written within the framework of the law and with the support of the law. Moreover, retaining an attorney to help in the process will help prevent claims from being dismissed due to failing to follow procedural rules that attorneys are trained to follow.

Q: How long do I have to file a VA appeal?

A: One year from the date the VA made the decision on your VA benefits. But do not wait to contact a lawyer. Disability claims are complicated asn you should consider hiring a lawyer immediately so you can prepare a good appeal.

Q: What are my chances of winning a VA appeal?

A: Unfortunately there are no guarantees and we cannot predict your chances of winning. Importantly, however, attorneys achieve a positive outcome for their disabled veteran clients more than any other form of representation. Therefore it is often to the veteran’s benefit to retain an attorney to increase one’s likelihood of success.

Q: How long does a VA appeal take?

A: There is no set amount of time that your VA appeal will take. Different VA Regional Offices will have varied response times. It is important to remember, however, that there is a heavy backlog and the average wait time for an appeal decision is about three years.

Q: What is the VA disability compensation determination process in general?

A: First, a veteran must file a claim with the VA Regional Office (VARO) requesting disability benefits. This should be filed as soon as possible because the filing date determines when benefits begin. Once the VARO makes a determination, if the veteran disagrees with the outcome, he or she must file a Notice of Disagreement within one year of the VARO decision. Once the Notice of Disagreement is filed, either the Board of Veterans Appeals or a review officer at the VA Regional Office will begin the review process of the appeal and a decision will be issued.

If the veteran does not agree with this second decision, he or she has the opportunity to appeal this decision before the Veteran Law Judge at the Board of Veterans Appeals. This can often be the best opportunity to win the case. The Law Office of Benjamin W. Wright can help you effectively prepare and present your case to improve the likelihood of success.