To win your case before the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA), you need to prove that you were denied benefits based on an error or misinformation. Since Veterans disability law is notoriously complex, this is hard to do without the assistance of an experienced attorney.
Your Attorney Can Build a Persuasive Case
Statistics show attorneys who understand how the application and appeals process works are more likely to build successful claims. In 2019, for example, 46.31% of BVA appeals were approved with an attorney, while only 26.18% were approved with no legal representative. Relying on medical evidence, focusing on a central argument, and using buddy statements to substantiate facts that would otherwise be difficult to verify are just three of the many ways a skilled attorney can build a strong claim.
Your Attorney Can Increase Your Benefits
An experienced attorney can increase your total disability compensation by making sure you’re taking full advantage of the benefits you earned while serving your country. This includes getting a secondary service connection for conditions that resulted from a service-connected disability. For example, you may be suffering from depression or migraines as a result of the TBI you received in combat.
Your attorney may also be able to increase your benefits by arguing for Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) if your condition is severe enough to keep you from working. This grants you compensation at the rate of someone who is considered 100% disabled.
Your Attorney Can Help With Future Appeals
The BVA has three options for your appeal: approve your benefits, uphold the denial of your benefits, or send your case back to the local VA office to collect additional information. If you are denied benefits, your attorney can help by appealing your case to the BVA for a second time or by filing an appeal with the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
At the office of Sean Kendall, Attorney-at-Law, we are committed to helping you navigate the appeals process to receive the benefits you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation.