New Law On Hiring Lawyers For Veterans
A new law has been passed that allows veterans to hire lawyers for disability claims much earlier in the process.
I will explain this new law and what it means to veterans looking for an attorneys help with their veterans disability
claim before the Department of Veteran Affairs.
For many years veterans have been frustrated by the difficulty of finding a lawyer to help them with their veterans disability
claims for pension and compensation. However, this new law should now make it much easier to find lawyers since the
new law lifts the ban on hiring attorneys early in the process. It should be noted that there are some groups still
trying to get this law changed back. Hopefully these groups will be unsuccessful and I will keep my eye on
the situation and report anything I learn.
The way it stands now is if a notice of disagreement is submitted
before June 20, 2007 then you can hire an attorney after the first final decision by the BVA or Board of Veterans
Appeals, if you hire them within one year. If notice of disagreement is submitted after June 20, 2007 you can hire a lawyer
after the filing of that notice of disagreement. You can also hire a lawyer if you have a case in federal court.
So how will hiring a lawyer help you with your VA disability claim? Any of you who have had any experience
in dealing with the VA now realize that although the system is supposed to be a veteran friendly system it can oftentimes
be anything but that. The laws that govern VA compensation and pension claims are extremely complex and many times difficult
to understand. Lawyers go to law school to learn how to read and understand complicated laws and regulations. They can use
this knowledge to apply the law to the facts of your particular case and present the best case possible in the form of a brief
or oral argument to help you win. Probably the most important function of a lawyer is to develop the evidence you need to
win your particular case. Often times these cases require additional medical development including reports from doctors. A
lawyer can help you find evidence the VA might have told you does not exist or they were unable to find. A lawyer can also
craft a letter to your doctor or an independent medical exam. This can be extremely important. The VA can be very particular
about what is acceptable report from a doctor and they will often disregard reports from doctors if they don't use the
language the VA considers acceptable. Not every case needs a lawyer but if you were already denied, or are having difficulty
understanding the VA system and laws and how they pertain to your particular case, it may be a good idea to consult with one.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to e-mail me.