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Was Your VA Disability Claim Denied?

We have helped veterans in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation appeal their denied VA disability claims. If you have received a negative decision from the VA – we can help! Our team will review your case for free to determine your best course of action.

 

Veterans Disability Claims in Pennsylvania

There are three main criteria involved when determining if a veteran in Pennsylvania is able to receive disability benefits from the VA. A veteran will need to prove that they meet each of these criteria in order to file their disability claim with the VA.

1. Definition of Veteran

The VA has specific requirements when it comes to meeting their definition of veteran for purposes of disability compensation. These requirements mainly include the period of service as well as the discharge type. The minimum service period varies depending on when the veteran served, and the discharge type generally needs to be anything other than Dishonorable. Certain “Other than Honorable” discharges may serve as a bar to benefits as well, depending on the circumstances.

2. Existence of Current Disability

When filing a claim with the VA, it is important to be very thorough and avoid vague information. A detailed list with full names, body parts, and symptoms for each disability you are seeking entitlement for is crucial for the VA to be able to confirm that you meet their criteria.

3. Disability is Service-Related

You must be able to connect your disability to your service. Providing the VA with complete medical records, documentation from your doctor, and a medical nexus letter in support of your claim will help them connect the dots on the cause of your disability

 

Veterans Disability Denials in Texas

If the VA believes you have not adequately met any of their three criteria, you will be issued a denial. A denial can be issued for any of a variety of reasons, but one of the most common is the veteran’s failure to provide a medical diagnosis of their disability, or if the VA does not believe that the disability is service-related. The VA will provide a denial letter that will outline their reason or reasons, which will be crucial information when building a strategy to overcome the denial.

 

Pennsylvania Veterans Disability Appeals

A denial is not the end of the road – there are several options available to veterans in Pennsylvania after they receive a denial from the VA. All veterans who receive a denial have the right to pursue an appeal. Depending on whether your case is considered a Legacy Appeal, or if it falls under the rules of the Appeals Modernization Act, you will need to either file a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) or file a form to choose an appeal option. These options include a Higher Level Review, Supplemental Claim, and a Direct Appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.

A Direct Appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals is by far the most intensive of the available options. There are several options a veteran can pursue when it comes to their appeal, including a formal hearing, or submitting additional evidence to be considered by the Board. These formal hearings allow veterans to present their case before the judge who will then make the decision in their case. An experienced veterans disability attorney will be able to assist throughout the entire appeals process – even as far as representing the veteran at any Board meetings to help ensure a favorable outcome.

 

Pennsylvania VA Resources

Pennsylvania is home to more than 840,000 veterans, meaning they make up about 8.3% of the state’s adult population. In order to serve these veterans, there are numerous resources available.

BENEFITS AND SERVICES FOR VETERANS AND THEIR BENEFICIARIES IN PENNSYLVANIA

This guide, created by the Pennsylvania Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, is designed to help educate Pennsylvania veterans about state and federal benefits that are available to them.

Pennsylvania VA Regional Benefits Offices

There are two regional benefits offices located in Pennsylvania for veterans to seek assistance when it comes to their VA benefits.

Philadelphia Regional Office
Pittsburgh Regional Office

 

Pennsylvania VA Medical Centers

There are several VA medical centers located in Pennsylvania:

James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center – Altoona, PA
Butler VA Health Care System
Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Erie VA Medical Center
Lebanon VA Medical Center
Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC
Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

 

Contact a Pennsylvania VA Disability Lawyer Today

A Pennsylvania VA Disability Lawyer’s role is to assist you throughout the confusing and often frustrating appeals process. Generally, you need to be denied at least once before an attorney can assist, but once a lawyer is involved they will often be able to quickly determine what needs to be done in order to prove entitlement.

If your VA disability claim has been denied in Pennsylvania, be sure to contact the VA Accredited Attorneys at VetLaw right away to help make sure you get the entitlement you deserve.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I get a Pennsylvania lawyer for VA disability?

If you have been denied VA disability benefits in Pennsylvania, you should always speak with an experienced Veterans Disability Lawyer right away. They will be able to help you analyze the reasons for your denial, and will assist you in gathering additional documentation in order to pursue the appeal path that is best for you.

 

How do I maximize my VA disability in Pennsylvania?

Many service-related conditions grow worse over time and as such, a veteran’s disability rating can be increased in order to better reflect their true disability. A veteran in Pennsylvania can request that their rating be reevaluated so long as they can provide documentation showing that their medical condition has worsened since the initial rating was determined.

 

What are the chances of winning a VA appeal?

Winning a VA appeal in Pennsylvania largely depends on the case you put together. In order to win your appeal, you will need to compile additional documentation proving your service-related injury. Working with an experienced Pennsylvania VA disability attorney will significantly increase your chances of winning the appeal. They will be able to guide you through the process and make sure your claim is fully documented.