Hiring a skilled Orlando veterans’ disability lawyer can help with your claim in many ways. You need a legal advocate on your side who understands the veterans’ disability claims process and can help improve your chances of receiving the benefits you’re entitled to. To learn more about how a lawyer can help, schedule a consultation with the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A. today.
Assisting with Applying for Benefits
Your Orlando veterans’ disability benefits lawyer will explain the various types of disability benefits and the application process for these benefits. They will review your case to determine your eligibility and help you apply.
Your attorney also can help obtain all the necessary documentation for your claim. If your application is denied, you will need to go through the multi-level appeals process.
Multi-Level Appeals Process
There is a multi-level appeals process that most applicants have to go through after receiving an initial denial. You need a lawyer who knows the process. If the local VA office denies your claim, your lawyer can assist with filing a Notice of Disagreement. You typically have a year from the mailing date of the denial letter to file this.
You can specify whether you want a personal hearing or not, which is an informal hearing with the decision review officer who will look over your claim again. Your attorney will advise whether you should request a personal hearing or not when you file the Notice of Disagreement.
Depending on the circumstances, you may need to file an appeal with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. You can choose to have a hearing at the office, a video conference, or meet with a traveling Administrative Law Judge.
The last step in the appeals process is to file a Notice of Appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims if you haven’t received benefits thus far. This step only happens if your claim was mistakenly denied at the Board of Veterans’ Appeal level. Once you file with the US Court of Appeals, a judge will review your case. You can have an attorney present to show medical evidence that proves your disability during oral arguments in court.
Hiring an Experienced Orlando Veterans’ Disability Lawyer
If you are just starting the application process, you may start to feel a bit overwhelmed, which is understandable. That is one reason why speaking with an attorney from the start is recommended. Many disability claims are denied on the initial application. You will not be alone if it happens. While having an attorney doesn’t guarantee you will receive benefits right away, it can improve your chances.
Even if you already applied and received a denial, an attorney can help if you want to pursue an appeal. The best course of action is to contact an attorney as early as possible. Please don’t assume it’s too late without first speaking with an attorney to discuss your situation. To learn more about how we can assist you with your veterans’ disability claim, contact the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A. today to schedule an initial consultation.