You served your country with honor. Then, whether during training, on the job or in combat, you sustained an injury. You’re not looking for a handout—you just need to get better, especially as your injury seems to be getting worse. So you submitted a veterans benefits claim. But then, the VA denied your request. Why was your veterans benefits claim denied? We’ll explore some likely reasons below.
Why You May Have Your Veterans Benefits Claim Denied by the VA
When you have a veterans benefits claim denied, it’s not uncommon to go through a range of emotions—disbelief, then confusion, then betrayal, then anger, and more. But the reasons for getting a veterans benefits claim denied are often simple, and can be appealed. here’s what you need to know:
The VA Is a Governmental Organization — And You Probably Just Got Lost in the Shuffle
Getting lost in the shuffle is not an easy pill to swallow given the years of service you provided the country, but what it amounts to is this: it’s not personal, it’s just red tape. The paperwork required to have your claim successfully approved can get complex, especially if you’re applying for an injury that occurred five, 10 or even 20 years ago.
You Need Better Documentation and (Probably) a Lawyer
If you’ve had your veterans benefits claim denied, we recommend you read the Board of Veterans’ Appeals pamphlet. Right on page 1, it says “Help is available from national and state Veterans Service Organizations, attorneys, or agents recognized by VA.”
Even if you filled all your paperwork out properly, veterans and the VA sometimes argue about whether their health issues qualify for benefits. Veterans often feel like they are on uneven footing, because they have to argue against a massive organization. That’s where legal help can also come into play. Lawyers will make sure your paperwork accurately reflects the degree of your disability and includes all necessary medical documentation. That gives you your best chance at getting the benefits you’ve earned. So if you already had your first veterans benefits claim denied, don’t give up… appeal with help from a VA-accredited lawyer!
Was Your First Veterans Benefits Claim Denied? You May Qualify for VA-Accredited Legal Assistance With Your Appeal
Veterans lawyers are far more affordable than many veterans may realize. These attorneys can make sure that you get all the benefits you deserve—including back-pay that the government may owe you but hasn’t paid (because of reason #1 in this article, for example). An attorney can help you get the money and the care you need without any out-of-pocket cost to you.
Get a quick evaluation to see if you qualify for a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney. They can help you get past the red tape and get the care you deserve.
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Lori Polemenakos is Director of Consumer Content and SEO strategist for LeadingResponse, a legal marketing company. An award-winning journalist, writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas, she's produced articles for major brands such as Match.com, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Xfinity, Mail.com, and edited several published books. Since 2016, she's published hundreds of articles about Social Security disability, workers' compensation, veterans' benefits, personal injury, mass tort, auto accident claims, bankruptcy, employment law and other related legal issues.