If you have been denied VA Benefits you probably found our website because you need help. Woods & Woods VA Benefits appeals lawyers have helped thousands of veterans appeal bad VA Benefits decisions. Our law firm is dedicated to helping you obtain the VA Benefits you deserve.
Being denied VA Benefits is more common than you think. The Veterans Administration has been in the news quite a bit lately for its wait times, scandals, and cover-ups. The backlog of VA Benefits discourages some veterans from ever trying to get the benefits they need. Don’t give up. Hire a lawyer. Get the legal help you deserve and call Woods & Woods. For assistance, please fill out the online contact form or call toll-free (866) 232-5777.
Why should I call Woods & Woods VA benefits appeals lawyers?
Our VA benefits appeals lawyers help veterans get the monthly compensation they deserve. Here are a few reasons why you should talk to our VA benefits appeals lawyers:
You have been denied VA benefits. If you have been denied VA benefits, you may be able to appeal that decision. Veterans who are denied VA benefits should not take ‘no’ for an answer. Our VA Disability denial lawyers can help.
You have received a low-rating. Many veterans are given a rating much lower than what they actually deserve. Don’t just accept the rating the VA gives you. Did you know the difference between a 90 percent and 100 percent VA rating is over $1,000 a month?
You were denied Individual Unemployability. The Veterans Administration often denies Individual Unemployability benefits to veterans that can’t work from service-connected conditions. Talk to our Individual Unemployability lawyers for free.
You are missing backpay. Lots of veterans are missing VA benefits backpay and don’t even know it. The Veterans Administration is supposed to pay you the money back to your effective date. The problem is, the VA often incorrectly gives effective dates. Veterans can lose out on thousands of dollars.
Read the most common questions clients ask our VA benefits appeals lawyers.
If you have questions about VA benefits appeals after reading this page, call us! Ask all the questions you want. There is no obligation to hire our VA benefits appeals lawyers just because you got a VA benefits claim evaluation. We will give you our honest opinion of your VA benefits appeal and talk to you about your legal options. Talking to Woods & Woods VA benefits appeals lawyers can be a great resource for disabled veterans.
Do I have to hire a VA benefits appeal lawyer? No. The Veterans Administration does not require you to hire a lawyer for your appeal. However, remember that the VA is also the one who denied your claim. We highly suggest you hire a lawyer for your appeal because the entire appeal process is lengthy and very difficult. The Veterans Administration has lots of deadlines, paperwork, and case law that you may not know about.
How will Woods & Woods VA benefits appeals lawyers help? If you hire our VA benefits appeals lawyers we take over all communication with the Veterans Administration. Our VA benefits appeals lawyers will gather all your medical records and evidence needed to prove your claim. We will craft an individualized case plan and determine what is the best course of action to win your appeal. Our legal team will handle everything for the appeal. Our experienced VA benefits appeals lawyers will submit everything needed for your appeal. Let us take care of everything.
Is it common to have to appeal a veterans benefits decision? It was probably a shock when you received that denial letter from the Veterans Administration. You served your country honorably and expected it to take care of you if disabilities arose from your time in the service. Unfortunately, the Veterans Administration does not keep it promise to lots of veterans. Everyday, our VA benefits appeals lawyers work with veterans who deserve benefits but were denied. The Military Times reports that in 2011, the denial rate was 76 percent.
How long do I have to file a VA benefit appeal? If you recently received a denial or low-rating from the Veterans Administration, you may have the option to appeal. You have one year to appeal your initial decision. The one year begins the date the decision was made. If you have let your VA disability appeal period collapse, you can re-apply. That means you will need to submit another initial application and go through the application process again. This is a long route to getting your VA disability benefits, but at least there is still an avenue open.
What does it cost to hire a lawyer? Woods & Woods VA benefits appeals lawyers only charge if you win your VA claim. Our fee is a percentage of backpay and case expenses (things like doctors reports). We will not touch your future benefits and we will not ask for money upfront.
Who pays my VA Benefits appeal lawyers fee? Since our fee is a percentage of backpay, the Veterans Administration will pay our lawyers directly out of your backpay when you win. You will only be responsible for writing a check for case expenses (things like doctors reports) when you receive your backpay from the Veterans Administration. Remember, if you do not obtain VA benefits, you do not owe us a penny.
What do I pay if we don’t win? Nothing. If you do not obtain VA benefits on your appeal, you do not owe Woods & Woods a penny. Our fair fee agreements are just one of the many reasons clients have trusted us for decades.
What is the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA)? The Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) is located in Washington, D.C. Members of the Board review benefit claims determinations made by local VA offices and issue decision on appeals. These Law Judges, attorneys experienced in veterans law and in reviewing benefit claims, are the only ones who can issue Board decisions. We highly suggest you hire a VA benefits appeals lawyer for your BVA appeal.
How many disabled veterans are being denied? Many veterans will receive VA disability denials on their initial application. According to the VA, “in the past four years alone, VA has added more than 940,000 Veterans to the VA compensation rolls, more than the active duty Army and Navy combined.” Of those veterans, many had to appeal. You are not alone. If you are denied VA disability benefits, make sure you pay close attention to all the Veterans Administrations deadlines and complete all the paperwork. There are thousands of federal regulations that govern VA disability law and many veterans get confused.
Learn about the VA benefits appeals process.
Below is a simplified VA benefits appeal process overview. We warn you: each stage of a VA benefits appeal has many steps. There are often lots of forms, paperwork, and various deadlines. Too many veterans lose their own cases because they make a small mistake. If you blow-past certain deadlines, your current claim is dead in the water and you’re going to have to apply again. The only way to speed up the VA benefits appeals process is to submit everything correctly and timely.
1. Denial or Low-Rating Received: The veteran or family member must receive a denial of VA benefits or a low-rating. When this happens remain calm, many veterans are denied benefits or rated too low. If you were denied or rated too low, it is now time to contact a lawyer.
2. Notice of Disagreement (NOD): The Notice of Disagreement lets the Veterans Administration know that you disagree with their decision. Veterans and their family members must file the NOD within one year from the date the decision was made.
3. Statement of the Case (SOC): The Veterans Administration will send the Statement of the Case (SOC) to the veteran or their lawyer. This often takes a while; sometimes around 200 days. The SOC should be reviewed carefully for any mistakes.
4. Form 9: If you wish to appeal, you must now file a Form 9 to begin the appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). You must meet the time limits for filing a Form 9 or you forfeit your right to appeal. We highly suggest you contact a lawyer to handle your Form 9.
Woods & Woods VA benefits appeal lawyers will fight for you.
Since 1985, Woods & Woods has been representing injured and disabled people. Our VA benefits appeal lawyers will work hard on your claim. We work with outside experts to help prove your mental and physical impairments are service-connected. Our legal team regularly gets evidence from doctors, psychologists, and vocational experts. When you hire our VA benefits appeals lawyers, you get the help you need to win your VA Benefits.
Medical Evidence Our VA benefits appeal lawyers will gather all your medical evidence needed to prove mental and physical impairments. Our VA benefits appeals lawyers often work with doctors, psychologists, and vocational experts to help provide evidence to prove your disabilities are service-connected.
Backpay When you win your appeal you may be owed backpay. This is the money you should have been receiving all along. The Veterans Administration backpay checks can be a significant amount of money. Many veterans find their back pay goes back years! Beware: the Veterans Administration often calculates back pay wrong.
Filing Appeals If you hire our VA benefits appeal lawyers, we file everything for your appeal. You no longer have to worry about learning difficult VA benefits law, we’ll handle it. We know all the steps, VA law, and tricks veterans need to get the VA disability benefits they deserve.
Effective Dates The dirty little secret in VA law is effective dates. What many veterans don’t know is how to accurately determine their effective date. The VA is often wrong when it issues an effective date. Many veterans may not even realize they are missing possibly years of backpay. Our VA benefits appeal lawyers spend lots of time focusing on effective dates. Many times before, we have found veterans’ effective dates to have been incorrectly given by the VA.
Let our VA benefits appeals lawyers handle the VA.
Focus on your health. When your hire our VA benefits appeal lawyers, you don’t have to worry about talking to the VA. Hiring a Veterans Disability Benefits lawyer can give you the time to focus on your health and not your VA claim. You need this time to get the treatment you need.
Get someone who listens. One of the biggest complaints veterans have with the VA is that they “just don’t listen.” Our VA benefits appeal lawyers will listen to you and spend the time needed to truly understand your claim.
We’ll be honest with you. Our VA benefits appeals lawyers promise to be honest with you during the entire VA appeal process. The key to an attorney-client relationship depends on trust. If you call us, we will examine your claim and be honest with you about the strength of your claim.
We are here to help. It is our honor to be representing those who fought for our country. We fight for the men and women that answered our nation’s call. Get the legal help you need from lawyers who care.
Some veterans are receiving over $2,900 a month.
If you were denied or rated too low, then appeal successfully, you could receive over $2,900 a month from the Veterans Administration. Veterans with dependent children and parents can receive extra monthly compensation from the Veterans Administration. Many veterans that can’t work will be eligible for Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits.
Lots of veterans that win their appeals are owed back pay. This is the money you should have been receiving in VA disability benefits. This money will be sent in a lump sum check from the Veterans Administration. Your effective date will determine when you should have started receiving VA disability payments.
Too many veterans must file VA benefits appeals because of VA mistakes.
The Veterans Administration regularly makes mistakes and incorrectly denies veterans their VA Disability benefits. Many times the Veterans Administration gives veterans a rating that is too low for their severe disabilities. Filing an appeal with the Veterans Administration can be hard. VA Disability law is a very complicated and complex area of law. If you were wrongly denied, our veterans benefits lawyers can fight for you. This is a tough time in your life and our lawyers will be dedicated to helping you through this.
Receiving a denial from the Veterans Administration can be a terrible shock to many veterans and their families. After serving our country, the VA has denied your disability benefits and you don’t know what to do next. While lots of veterans win their VA benefits appeals, it is not an easy process. VA law is very complex and more complicated than most veterans realize. You should consider hiring our VA benefits appeal lawyers.
Give us a call. Get the VA benefits appeals lawyers you deserve.
If you need help appealing, hire an experiences veterans disability lawyer. If you hire Woods and Woods VA benefits appeals lawyers, we will handle all the communication with the Veterans Administration. Our VA benefits appeals lawyers will work with your doctors to help prove you mental or physical impairments are service-connected. On many clients’ claims, we hire psychologists and vocational experts. The better your evidence, the more likely you are to win your VA appeal.