Friday, May 2, 2014

Hiring a Veterans Disability Lawyer

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Filing a veteran’s disability claim through the Department of Veterans Affairs can be a long, arduous process. However, there’s a way to avoid the stress – by hiring a dependable veterans disability lawyer. So, how does one begin?

Find a reputable disability lawyer first. Resources like the website of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA), a non-profit organization acting as advocates for the rights of disabled veterans, has an online directory of attorneys who have been accredited by the U.S.-VA (Veteran Affairs). Popular law resource website Nolo.com has a database of lawyers as well.


Once a candidate is found, ask each one of them specific questions. Ideally, the lawyer should be knowledgeable and experienced in VA matters. Ask about his VA accreditation and experience in handling VA cases, as well as his continuing education in veteran disability law and his dedication in representing a claimant right up through the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Money matters should be cleared up right off. Attorney’s fee will depend on the work, whether it’s a straight claim process, appealing a denial, or getting a discharge upgrade. Generally, lawyers are allowed to charge between 20% and 33 ½ % of the total claim sum for handling the case; in some situations, they only get paid on successful claims.
Obtaining veterans disability benefits require the help of legal experts; if you must make a go of this just once, out of necessity, you’ll need a few skillful and dependable allies on the legal end.

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