If you are a veteran and received a VA Ratings Decision, you have 2 choices — give up, or appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals (the BVA).
The VA Regional Offices frequently deny even the most clear-cut claims for Veterans and Veterans' Survivor Benefits.
Typically, the VA Regional Offices deny claims because they are missing (or missed) factual proof of one of the following essential elements of a claim:
When your benefits claim is denied by a VA Regional Office, working with an accredited VA attorney can help you not only to understand the reasons the VA denied your claim, but also to more efficiently navigate the BVA appeals process.
Contact us as soon as you receive your VA Ratings Decision denying your claim by clicking here to tell us about your case.
ANSWER: As of 2017, you have one (1) year from the date of the letter delivering the VA Ratings Decision to file your Notice of Disagreement.
In August 2017, the Congress passed an "appeals reform package". While CAVC attorney Chris Attig assisted advocacy organizations who were negotiating this bill with the VA, and assisted in drafting witness testimony on this bill to Congress, the details of the new appellate process — and when it will begin — are still largely unknown.
ANSWER: We will typically ask you for some specific information about your claim, initially by email. If we think we can help, we will set a telephone consult to get to know you better and understand your case. Phone consultations are free of charge.
This process can take several days or weeks. To be efficient and effective, we must be thorough and thoughtful. Our attorneys review the information you share at every stage of the process, and we are evaluating a lot of factors to determine if you and Attig | Steel will be a good pairing of attorney and client.
Second, we will conduct a lengthy and thorough review of your file. If we determine that your case is a good match for our firm, we will make an offer of representation.
Even if we decline to offer representation, we will send you a copy of your C-File, free of charge. We will strive to give you a referral to other attorneys who may be able to assist in your claim.
ANSWER: It's a simple matter of logistics: we cannot help every veteran.
Mr. Attig has been helping veterans since 2007, and has developed relationships with many veterans' advocates. If we think another firm or attorney might be a better fit, then we will work with you to see if that firm or attorney can help.
ANSWER: Yes. The VA no longer handles cases in your local VA Regional Office.
Because the VA uses a "National Work Queue" to assign your case to the least busy Regional Office, Attig | Steel handles cases before all VA Regional Offices in the Continental U.S.
ANSWER: For claims before the VA Regional Office and the BVA where a VA Ratings Decision is dated on/after June 20, 2007, our fee is contingency.
Our standard fee is between 20 and 33% of any past-due benefits that we recover, depending on the complexity and anticipated time needed to handle your appeal.
You are also responsible for reimbursing any costs/expenses that we incur while prosecuting your claim.
This is general information. If Attig | Steel offers to represent you, we will thoroughly explain how our contingency fee is calculated and what expenses you will and won't be responsible for (and when).
We do not charge any fee on future benefits — if you find a firm or advocate that engages in that practice, they may be violating the law.
ANSWER: No. If anyone guarantees you that they will win your VA claim for you, run away.
Attig | Steel does guarantee you will get zealous advocacy before the VA Regional Office and BVA. Attig | Steel is "Veteran Owned", so you have a trusted advocate in your corner.