Bosley & Bratch attorney Dan Smith gave a presentation on “How to Select Cases” at the National Organization of Veterans Advocates’ spring 2016 conference in Las Vegas. He covered a wide variety of topics, including how VA makes awards to veterans and “retroactive” payments, how the agency rates various types of disabilities, and special types […]
A new VA study provides more insight into the relationship between roadside blasts and the devastating long-term effects of traumatic brain injury. Benjamin Trotter, a VA bio-medical engineer and lead author of the new study, reported that those soldiers who were exposed to roadside bomb explosions are showing signs of brain deterioration at an earlier […]
If a veteran\’s service-connected disabilities preclude him or her from securing a substantially gainful employment, the VA has the authority to pay the veteran at the 100% rate, even if the veteran\’s service-connected disabilities don\’t \”add up\” to 100%. This benefit is called a \”total disability rating based on individual unemployability,\” or a TDIU.
The Statement of the Case (SOC) is one of the most critical documents that you will receive from the VA as you work your way through the VA appeals process. It requires your prompt attention and, if you don’t respond in a timely manner, you risk the VA closing out your file. But many veterans […]
When veterans apply for VA compensation, VA will almost always send him to one of its own examiners. These examinations are called Compensation and Pension examinations, or C&P exams, and they are critical to determining whether the veteran will be awarded VA benefits. One of the primary reasons that claims are denied is because the […]
The rules concerning exactly when your VA award becomes effective are complicated, but they are important to understand because they impact the amount of backpay that you will receive after an award is made. The general rule is that the VA will pay you back to the date that you first filed your claim. So, […]