You have the right to fight that decision and we can help.
The Veterans Compensation system is designed to compensate Veterans for injuries that arose out of their time in service. The compensation awarded by the VA for a Veterans Claim is a tax free monetary benefit paid to Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury that either happened in the military or was aggravated during active military service.
Compensation may also be paid for post service disabilities that are considered related or secondary to disabilities that happened in service and for disabilities presumed to be related to certain exposures while in service, even though the disability may arise after service.
When you file a claim, the VA will begin processing your claim. The VA will review the claim, gather evidence, review evidence and then prepare a decision. The VA has a duty to assist you by gathering evidence concerning your service and medical condition. This does not mean you should rely on the VA to workup your case. We strongly encourage you to talk with an attorney or trained service officer concerning your claim.
The length of time it takes to receive a decision depends on several factors, such as the complexity of your disabilities, the number of disabilities you claim, and the availability of the evidence needed to decide your claim.
The length of time for processing your claim also depends on what stage your claim is at; whether the claim has just been initiated, whether a Notice of Disagreement has been filed at the Regional office or whether the claim has been appealed to the Board of Veterans Appeals. All stages have different processing times and different Regional offices also vary in their processing time. The best way to track your claim and to get the general processing times of your specific Regional office is by registering for ebenefits at www.ebenefits.va.gov
Veterans Representatives are compensated based on a percentage of the past due benefits they are able to obtain for you. Our office charges between 20% and 30% of whatever past due benefits you are entitled to. In other words, from the date of your filing the claim until the date the case is won, the fee would be 20% or 30% of the past due benefits. The fee amount depends on the difficulty and/or complexity of the case. If the fee is 20%, then the amount is usually withheld from the past due benefits and paid to us by the VA. If the fee is 30%, the benefits are paid to the Veteran and the Veteran pays us.
If you decide to speak with us, we will schedule an appointment either over the phone or in person. If possible we would like you to mail, email or fax a copy of your most recent decision prior to the appointment. After we discuss your case we will send you a letter summarizing your case and your options. If we need additional information that you do not have, the letter will contain authorizations to obtain the C file or medical records. We cannot proceed until you sign and return the authorizations. If we believe we can assist you with your claim, we will offer to represent you and send you the required authorizations to sign and return to us.
If you decide you need a representative, we offer free consultations about your claim. Please fill out our Free Consultation Form and we will contact you to speak with you further. You are also welcome to call our office at (520)881-8300 and set up a free consultation either over the phone or in person. Our address is 2573 North 1st Avenue in Tucson and 1001 North Central Avenue, Suite 701 in Phoenix.
We take Veterans claims from all over the country. Regardless of whether you live in Arizona, please feel free to give us a call and we will be happy to discuss your claim.