5 Secrets to Winning Your VA Claim
ROB LEVINE, VETERANS DISABILITY LAWYER
A TEAM OF VETERANS WORKING FOR VETERANS. HANDLING VETERAN DISABILITY CLAIMS NATIONWIDE
Pursuing a VA claim can go one of two ways. Contact our office today to get Rob Levine & Associates on your side! The experienced attorneys on our team will utilize the 5 secrets to winning your VA claim to make sure that you receive your benefits. Our consultations are free, and we don’t get paid until you win!
OUR 5 SECRETS TO WINNING YOUR VA CLAIM
Applying for VA disability benefits can involve a mountain of paperwork, complex appeal deadlines, and time-consuming medical examinations. Here are a few tips on navigating the VA’s system and winning the benefits you deserve:
- Not ready to file a claim yet? Preserve your effective date by submitting an Intent to File a Claim for Compensation. If you file a claim within one year of the Intent to File (ITF), your effective date will generally be the date you submitted the ITF.
- Treat, treat, treat! Having updated treatment records is crucial to any VA disability case. The VA will not only review your medical records to determine the cause of your medical conditions, but the VA will review your medical records to determine which ratings should be assigned if service connection is granted.
- Get a statement from your treatment provider. A well-written statement from your treatment provider can help satisfy the positive nexus requirement to establish service connection for a claim.
- Get a statement from a “buddy.” A well-written statement from a third party who is familiar with your conditions or medical history can add another layer of credibility to your case. For instance, veterans with PTSD may want to consider asking a childhood friend to write a statement about their pre-service mental health and the social and behavioral changes that the friend observed after a return from service.
- Specifically ask the VA for a Comp & Pen exam. When there is evidence of a current disability, an in-service event/injury/disease/stressor, and a suggestion that the first two are related, the VA is obligated by law to provide you with a Comp & Pen exam. A positive nexus from a Comp & Pen exam is usually necessary to establish service connection for most claims. The VA often fails to provide veterans with these exams, so be sure to ask!
VA Disability Claim
- Supplemental Claims: within 125 days
- Higher Level Review: within 125 days
- Board of Veterans’ Appeals – Direct Review Docket: within 365 days
- Board of Veterans’ Appeals – Evidence and Hearing Docket: over 365 days
- File your appeal with the VA;
- Construct a personalized evidence development plan tailored to each claim;
- Perform cutting-edge service record and medical research;
- Draft a comprehensive legal brief in support of your appeal; and
- Routinely follow up with you to provide an update on the status of your case.
ROB LEVINE & ASSOCIATES RESOURCES
An experienced personal injury attorney is a critical aspect of pursuing a claim against the person or party that caused your injury. Not only is an attorney familiar with the law, they can also help you navigate legal and practical challenges that frequently arise in any personal injury case.
A lawyer is also a great resource for addressing questions about what types of compensation you may be eligible to receive and explaining how to approach your personal injury claim altogether.
Personal injury cases have a statute of limitations, and most of them are between two and four years, depending upon the state in which you reside. As such, it’s of the utmost importance that you consult an attorney today to file your claim immediately.
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