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Where is my claims file, or claims folder, kept during the appeals and hearing process?

Posted on February 20, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A: If you do not request a hearing with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA), your claims folder will stay at the local VA office until it is transferred to BVA shortly before the Board begins its review. If you request a Travel Board hearing, your … Read More »

What medical conditions are considered disabling?

Posted on February 20, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A: The SSA evaluates your medical condition by looking at the “Listing of Impairments” and/or assessing your work-related limitations.  The “Listings” outline each major body system, and provide requirements necessary for proving disability. Many of the listed impairments are permanent or likely to result in … Read More »

My disability claimwas denied. How do I file an appeal?

Posted on February 20, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A: The majority of initial claims are denied and sadly, most claimants become discouraged and do not appeal the VA’s decision. No special form is required to begin the appeal process. All that is needed initially is a written statement that you disagree with the VA’s … Read More »

Where do I file my appeal?

Posted on February 20, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A: Typically, you would file your appeal with the same office (VA Regional Office (RO) or medical facility) that issued the decision you are appealing because that is where your claims file is kept. However, if you have moved and your claims file is now maintained … Read More »

What happens to an appeal if the claimant (veteran) dies before a decision is issued?

Posted on February 20, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A: According to the law, the death of an appellant generally ends the appellant’s appeal. So, if an appellant dies, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) normally dismisses the appeal without issuing a decision. However, the rights of a deceased appellant’s survivors are not affected by … Read More »

Will I be asked to testify at my Social Security Disability hearing?

Posted on February 20, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A: Typically, an administrative law judge (ALJ) will decide cases based on the medical evidence in the file – this includes x-rays and other imaging exams, lab panels, treatment notes, and written statements from the claimant and the claimant’s treating physicians. In some cases however, the … Read More »

What should I do to prepare for my Social Security Disability hearing?

Posted on February 20, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A: In most cases, the Social Security Administration will not gather additional records on your behalf once your claim has been sent to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (also known as ODAR or the Office of Hearings and Appeals). Your case will sit at the ODAR until … Read More »

What do I do when a disabled veteran in my family can no longer manage their own disability benefits?

Posted on February 20, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A: A disabled veteran receiving disability benefits and other compensation through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may become unable to manage these benefits alone. When a veteran is declared incompetent in managing their VA benefits the department will attempt to appoint an approved fiduciary … Read More »

How does the VA arrive at adisability rating?

Posted on February 20, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A: The VA evaluates service-connected injuries in increments of 10 percent. They examine the medical evidence you’ve submitted with your claim and then assign a “rating”. The maximum disability rating percentage is 100%; however, most conditions receive a rating below 100%. The largest category of … Read More »

If I am injured or disabled how do I apply?

Posted on February 20, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A: If travelling or sitting for hours is difficult for you, the office of Disability Help Group can help. Contact our group of trained legal assistants—we will evaluate your claim for FREE! If we take your case, we will file your claim for you. You … Read More »