Veteran’s Court, also called the Court of Appeals or CAVC, is where many VA disability claims end up. The Veteran’s Affairs office is well-known for denying claims for a variety of reasons. You may have forgotten to include essential information or filled out the application incorrectly. In some cases, you did everything right, and they still denied your claim. If any of these issues relate to you, an attorney can be beneficial.
No Upfront Costs
You should never have to pay any costs upfront or out of pocket to have legal representation at the CAVC level. That doesn’t mean that you never pay for an attorney. Most attorneys work on a contingency basis, so if you win the appeal, you pay them out of the winnings. VA disability law is challenging, and most people aren’t sure of what to do or when. Therefore, it’s best to have someone on your side to help you through the entire process.
You Aren’t Qualified
You probably don’t know everything about VA benefits or filing appeals. In most cases, you’re stunned to be turned down for these benefits in the first place. It can be helpful to have another pair of eyes look over the initial application to determine if a mistake was made on your part. If not, you should still hire legal counsel to ensure that you have a better chance of winning the appeal.
You may also get caught up in the anger and frustration about being denied and about the system itself. This means you may be more likely to be disruptive during court proceedings. Having a lawyer with you ensures that you can voice those opinions safely and still get through the appeals process.