Should I Hire a VA Disability Lawyer?
You should hire a VA disability lawyer. With a budget over $217 billion, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the largest federal agencies. VA’s disability benefit program was intended to be veteran-friendly. However, for most veterans, applying for VA benefits is a long and frustrating process. A veteran who represents himself is at a huge disadvantage. There are hundreds of rules and regulations about the veteran’s rights and VA’s duties. The process becomes even tougher when VA sends mixed messages, requests information it already has, or issues a decision that completely ignores the evidence.
Do You Have the Expertise?
Most veterans have not studied VA disability law. Even fewer veterans follow the Federal court cases that change the law every year. But without that knowledge, many VA claims are doomed to fail. A VA Disability Attorney’s knowledge and experience can make all the difference. Specifically, an attorney can determine exactly how to turn a loss into a win.
Who Needs a VA Disability Lawyer?
In this fight, a veteran needs someone who is aiming for the same target. That’s why many of our clients left previous arrangements. Before hiring DHG, many of our veteran clients did not have a VA disability attorney. Some represented themselves. They learned very quickly that VA didn’t share the same urgency and had a different result in mind. Others were represented by a Veteran Service Organization (VSO) such as DAV or American Legion. Because they work out of VA facilities, there is a perceived conflict of interest. Does a VSO work for VA or the veteran?
What is a VA Disability Lawyer’s Role?
Your VA disability claim is too important to risk. When you hire a VA Disability Attorney, you’re hiring your own specialist to get the job done. Most of them work for a contingency fee. They don’t get paid unless they win past-due benefits for the veteran. And because the contingency fee is usually a fixed 20%, the attorney has every incentive to win the largest possible award. Plus, the attorney-client relationship ensures he/she is on your side. Both you and the attorney would be aiming at the same target.
An experienced VA Disability Attorney knows VA’s written and unwritten rules has the knowledge to prepare a game plan to best achieve your objective. Working together with your attorney, you have a better chance to hit your target.
When Should I Hire a VA Disability Lawyer?
Immediately! The earlier you can prove your case the faster you can receive your VA disability benefits. In addition, the VA Disability Lawyer will be able to analyze your disability onset date and make sure you receive the maximum back benefits. Generally, a veteran must prove the following to win a VA disability claim:
- Current diagnosis,
- In-service event, disease or injury, and
- Medical nexus between the first 2 elements.
If you don’t have a medical diagnosis, then you need to see your doctor. Only licensed medical professionals can diagnose medical conditions. Attorneys cannot do so. However, if VA denies your claim for any of these reasons, you should probably hire a VA Disability Lawyer:
- Negative medical nexus (“less likely than not”),
- No documented proof of in-service event, disease or injury, , or
- VA ignored evidence proving all 3 elements.
Which VA Disability Lawyer Should I Hire?
Only attorneys who have been accredited by VA can represent veterans in disability cases, as a result, VA holds Disability Lawyers to a high ethical standard. Accreditation reflects VA’s standard for responsible, qualified representation of this nation’s veterans. A searchable database of VA accredited attorneys, claims agents and VSOs is available here.
Experience makes a world of difference. Since 1993, the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA) has been the leading organization for training and support of VA Accredited representatives. At Disability Help Group, our representatives are long-standing NOVA members.
Speak to The Lawyer
There are many firms out there that you never get to speak with the attorney. At Disability Help Group our representative will talk to you and be your main contact during your entire case. When you hire an attorney you should ask:
- When will I get to speak with my lawyer?
- Who will be my main point of contact?
- How many cases has my lawyer won?
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