This article explains what a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) is and gives some tips on filing your NOD. If you disagree with your Rating Decision, you will need to file a NOD.
If you have questions about filing a NOD, we can help. Woods & Woods offers free legal consultations to anyone who may need to file a Notice of Disagreement. The call and advice are free. For help with your Notice of Disagreement, please fill out the online contact form or call toll-free (866) 232-5777.
What is a Notice of Disagreement?
A Notice of Disagreement is your way to appeal your VA Benefits decision from the Veterans Administration. You are basically notifying the Veterans Administration that you disagree with your VA Benefits decision. If you received a denial or low-rating from the Veterans Administration, appealing may be your only option to prove your VA Benefits claim.
How do I file a Notice of Disagreement?
Your Notice of Disagreement must go to the Regional Office (RO) at which you were denied VA Benefits. You must fill out all information required on the form. The NOD will trigger your appeal with the Veterans Administration.
How long do I have to file a Notice of Disagreement?
You have one year to file your NOD with the Veterans Administration. The one year period begins on the date the VA letter denied you benefits.
What if I let my appeal period collapse?
If you have waited more than one year to file your NOD, your current claim is considered closed. However, you have the option to re-apply for VA Benefits. That means you will have to submit an initial application again and start the process over.
How long do VA Benefits appeals take?
The wait times vary from Regional Office (RO) to Regional Office. There is no set amount of time that your appeal will take. Veterans and their families should be patient because the VA back log of cases is very long.
Who can help me with my Notice of Disagreement?
Woods & Woods VA Disability lawyers offers free legal consultations to anyone who has questions about filing a NOD. You have questions and we have answers. We will help you figure out what to do next if you received a VA Benefits denial or were rated too low.