Can A Veteran’s Disability Lawyer Help Me If I’m Not Nearby?
We get phone calls from Veterans every day asking “Where are you located?” We always give the same answer: We are located in Evansville, Indiana, but we help veterans appeal their disability claims from all over the world. Is that true? Yes, we help veterans and their surviving spouses wherever they are. Unlike family law or personal injury law, there are no in-court appearances or in-person hearings with your VA Disability lawyer. Everything the VA requires is submitted electronically. The Board of Veterans’ Appeals is in Washington D.C. There the board reviews every case submitted for review, no matter where it came from.
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Is there a Veteran’s Disability Lawyer Near Me?
We are as close as your phone at (866)232-5777. We will send you self-addressed mail to return any documents we need. We also call you back at least every 60 days to update you with the progress of your claim and to let you know if we need anything else. Through the process, you won’t even need to travel to your VA regional office, we’ll take care of everything. We do regularly take walk-ins, but you don’t have to come visit us in Evansville, Indiana to take advantage of our years of knowledge with veterans’ law.
If I Can’t Find a VA Lawyer Near Me, What About My Regional Office?
There are regional offices to serve veterans in all 50 states, so there might one be nearby but that might not be the best place for you to go. Some regional offices can stop a VA claim or an appeal so that it never makes it to a judge at the Board of Veteran’s Appeals. Since the BVA has the final say about your disability claim, we send all of our appeals directly to them. Just like you wouldn’t talk to a big box salesperson when you knew the local shop owner could give you a better deal, don’t waste your time by letting inexperienced people file your claim. You might only get one shot to appeal your claim, so you want to make it count.
Can a Veteran Appeal His or Her Claim Before a Live Judge?
Yes, there are some instances where a veteran can go to Washington D.C. and speak to a judge or schedule a video call, but that is rarely effective or necessary to win your claim. The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims puts more emphasis on the written records submitted with your claim than your in-person testimony. A judge looks at:
- Documentation from your time in the service
- Certified statements from licensed professionals that have reviewed your records or interviewed you
- Documentation of service-connected disabilities
- Written statements from family and friends
- Previously documented research that links your disability or condition to another condition or injury you have incurred
As you can see, none of these things require you to travel from your home to meet a lawyer in person.
Our Veterans Disability Winners Are From All Over the United States.
While we are restricted from what we can say about past cases, we can tell you that we’ve helped veterans from all over the United States. We have won:
- Basal Ganglia Hemorrhage, Diabetes, & Hypertension case for an Army Veteran in Florida
- A Traumatic Brain Injury, Headaches, & Eye Problem case for an Army Veteran in South Carolina
- A Spinal Condition and Radiculopathy disability case for an Army Veteran in Florida
- A Depression, Back Problems, and Radiculopathy case for an Army Veteran in California
- A PTSD case for a Navy Veteran in Michigan
- A Depression, Neurocognitive Disorder, Neuropathy, and Sleep Apnea appeal case won a 100% total disability rating for an Army Vet in Missouri
- A Schizophrenia case that was denied three times was won for a Navy veteran from Louisiana
- A DIC case for a widow from New Jersey that had already won her case had us review the paperwork and won her an extra nine years of back pay due to a VA paperwork mistake
There are many more examples from all branches of military service we could give, but this list shows that we can serve disabled veterans from all over the United States.
Should I Use a VA Disability Attorney Near Me?
You can see that the answer is no (unless you are in Evansville, Indiana). It is more important that you use a VA Disability Attorney that is experienced. Our team of Lawyers, case managers, doctors, and other specialists represent hundreds of veterans every year and have handled thousands of veterans’ benefits claims. We have experience treating veterans or their surviving spouses with the dignity and respect that you deserve. Whenever we need something, we’ll call you and let you know how your case is moving along and what else is needed. At the same time, we may ask for any files or documents that you have that will help your case. With your permission, we’ll also talk to your family or friends that you provide as references to present a full story of your lifestyle before, during, and after your time in active duty.
What an Experienced VA Attorney Can Do
When our team of VA lawyers get together for meetings, they share cases and approaches that work and those that don’t. Instead of learning from mistakes of one person’s only chance to apply for VA disability, we are learning from years of successes. Our shared team approach also means that if the VA asks for some forms, you don’t have to wait while someone is on vacation. Your VA appeal team fights on your side and works together to get the best results in a timely manner. That is why we’ll also ask you other questions to fully explore your health. It might not be obvious that PTSD is affecting your use of a CPAP, but since we see that more and more often in our clients, we can make a direct service connection to that and other problems you might be having.
Don’t Apply to the VA On Your Own, Get Help
You can call our office and ask us to look over your case even if you already have everything filled out and set up on your own. Our advice is free! For many types of applications, however, you only get one shot. You can’t present the same evidence over and over and hope for a different decision. We’ve even helped veterans get their effective date corrected when a typo cheated them out of a few years of benefits. There are many professionals and volunteers that can help you with your claim. At least meet with a VSO if you won’t call a VA disability claim lawyer like us.
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The VA Disability Claim Process is a Long, Electronic Process
VA disability benefits go through a complex process of application, denial, appeal, and approval. You’ll get letters from the VA asking for documents and you can pass those on to us. As we get requests from the VA for documentation, we’ll work through the system to get the documents or ask you directly, if necessary. It is too long of a process to not hire a professional. The best part is that there are no up-front costs to you. We pay for the doctors, specialists, and lawyers ourselves until we win your case and are paid a one-time percentage of the settlement. If we don’t win your case, you don’t have to pay us anything.