A disabled veteran would be excused for thinking that applying for and being granted the benefits that he or she rightly deserves would be easy, nothing could be farther from the truth. The denial rate for benefits is high but as many denials are the result of errors made on the part of the VA, you have the right to hire veterans disability attorneys in Pennsylvania and lodge an appeal.
The entire appeals process can take a very long time and it can be very complex but knowing that the error rate is high it only stands to reason that you should appeal.
Error rate statistics:
It is not just an assumption that the error rate is high; the numbers are backed by statistics. The DVA admits to having an error rate of about 15 percent which is high but independent studies put the error rate at closer to 40 percent. Regardless of where the number lies, it is certainly high enough to indicate that an appeal is well worth it.
Other reasons for denial of benefits:
Although the error rate is high, it is not the only reason why claims are denied. Even when you are denied benefits this is not an indication that you are not eligible. Many denials stem from a lack of supporting evidence.
* Insufficient medical evidence to support your claim
* The DVA may agree that you are disabled but they have not found enough evidence to show a direct connection to your years of military service
* The DVA may agree that you do have a service related disability but they assign a low rating
These are typical of the denials that have a very good chance of being overturned. When you are supported during appeal by seasoned veterans benefits attorneys in Pennsylvania it is far easier to gather and submit documentation to reinforce your claim and refute the denial.
If your claim for service related disability benefits was denied you should consider hiring veterans benefits attorneys in Pennsylvania and appealing the decision. You are invited to discuss your claim with Jackson & MacNichol, Attorneys at Law.