Frequently Asked Questions

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VetLaw is a national law firm with its physical office located one block from the Winston-Salem, North Carolina Regional Office. However, we serve veterans nationwide in the VA appeals process, and have successfully represented veterans throughout the country. Most consultations can be done over the phone, or by video chat if preferred. If you elect to have a hearing, founding member and VA accredited attorney…
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You should apply as soon as you are no longer able to work because of your illness. There is no benefit to waiting or requirement that you wait. Expect a decision generally in three to six months, although it can take longer depending on the completeness of the work and medical history that is provided, and the level of investigation that is required in your…
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You and your attorney will appear before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Hearings are relatively informal compared with a hearing in a criminal or civil court. You will be asked to testify about a number of issues regarding your health and issues that may help the judge define your disability. There may be expert witnesses. A decision will not be given at the end of…
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This is wrong. In most cases, in fact, initial applications for benefits are denied. Our attorney has a wealth of experience in these claims, and we can help you with the appeal process to get the benefits you need.
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This is true in the case of SSD, but it is a myth in regards to SSI. Supplemental Security Income is intended to be something like a welfare program, helping only the poorest of disabled workers with the basic necessities of life. For this reason, SSI does not pay out benefits to people who have assets over the specified limits. In regards to SSDI eligibility,…
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This is incorrect, unfortunately. As long as a worker can do some substantial gainful activity (SGA), that worker is not considered disabled and is therefore ineligible for benefits. If you were once a CEO making $1 million a year, and now, because of an injury, illness, disease or another ailment, you can only make minimum wage at a local grocery store, you are not considered…
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Absolutely. Contact us today to set up a phone appointment with founding member and VA accredited attorney Brendan Garcia. If you have a copy of your most recent denial letter or VA decision, it is helpful to upload a copy of that HERE prior to receiving your free case review.
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VetLaw is not a typical law firm – we are a national law firm dedicated to representing veterans, dependents and survivors who have been denied benefits by VA. Our practice is limited to veterans law issues so that we can provide each veteran with the attention to detail their case deserves. We work nationwide and accept cases pending.
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Our initial consultation and case evaluation is free of charge, with no strings attached. If your case involves an appeal before any of the 56 Regional Offices nationwide or before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, we typically charge a contingent fee based on the amount of retroactive pay we obtain on your behalf.
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The Equal Access to Justice Act (typically referred to as "EAJA") applies only to cases appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims. Thanks to the funds available through EAJA, we are able to provide legal representation at this level with no charge to the veteran or claimant.
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