Just because your medical condition has been rated does not mean that you cannot receive an adjustment in compensation if your condition worsens. A Dubuque veteran disability benefits lawyer can help you adjust your benefit so that you can collect the compensation you deserve.
Process to Request an Increase in Benefits
The process to request an increase in benefits is relatively simple: you need to write a letter to the Veterans Affairs Regional Office stating why you believe an increase is appropriate.
However, just because the process is easy does not necessarily mean that getting the increase is a given. In fact, a Dubuque veteran disability benefits attorney can tell you that the VA is known to turn down many requests for adjustments. As a result, you will want to work with an experienced attorney who can help draft the letter and gather the evidence that will help support your claim.
After the VA receives your letter requesting an increase, the VA may request additional evidence to support your claim. The VA may also schedule a compensation and pension examination and review your medical records to determine the appropriate rating.
Appealing a Denial of an Increase
The VA denies many claims for increases. If your claim has been denied, your attorney can help explain to you the appeals process and filing a Notice of Disagreement. You will have to use specific forms for the Notice of Disagreement, and you will have to meet strict timelines for filing the notice of appeal.
The Notice of Disagreement is just a notice, and you will have the right to choose between appeals processes including an appeal to a decision review officer or an appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals. You can also request to have a personal hearing. There are strategic considerations to keep in mind when choosing the type of appeal that a Dubuque veteran disability benefits attorney can explain to you.
Contact a Dubuque Veteran Disability Benefits Lawyer
If you have any questions about seeking an adjustment of your disability rating or filing an appeal, you will want to work with an experienced attorney. To learn more, contact Thad J. Murphy at 888-256-7413.