We have been handling cases before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, but are now also handling VA disability claim cases. If the VA has denied your claim for benefits, don’t accept the first “no” they give you. Call or email us right away and we’d love to help!
Experienced VA Claims Attorney
- No fee unless we win: There’s no fee at all unless we win. We never charge more than 20% of back benefits, and any attorney’s fee is typically paid directly out of any benefit awarded. We never touch your future benefits! If you’re considering hiring us, we are happy to offer a no charge, no obligation consultation.
- Latest technology: We put cutting edge tech and training to work for you. We are used to dealing with large electronic records! Keep in touch with us about your case through our online client portal, or by text, email, or even video.
- Latest training: Mr. Resch is licensed to practice before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and has successfully presented appeals on behalf of Veterans to the court. Mr. Resch is accredited by the VA as an attorney, and has attended training provided by such organizations as the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. and The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program. We are familiar with the many recent changes brought about by the Appeals Modernization Act.
- Former Prosecutor: Can that actually help? Yes! We are used to digging for information and putting accountability where it belongs. We can help you locate the information that will help your claim succeed, whether that is buddy or eyewitness statements, medical records, or expert opinions. If the VA denies your claim, we will hold them to answer for their decision and work hard to turn that denial into a favorable rating decision.
- Experience: Mr. Resch holds a minor in psychology and has litigated countless cases involving mental illness, including issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. Mr. Resch has also worked with hundreds of victims of crimes over his career. If your VA claim involves mental health or victim of crime issues, we can offer a compassionate approach to these difficult issues while fighting for the benefits you deserve. Of course, we welcome all potential claims, and our prior CAVC cases have involved broken bones, knee and back injuries, Agent Orange, and more!
- Local: While it’s possible to have a national VA practice, there’s something to be said for being able to meet face to face with your lawyer. We are located in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’re a Veteran in Las Vegas, we are happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have about your case. If your need help with your VA disability claim in Las Vegas, Clark County, or anywhere in Nevada, we are ready to help!
Veterans Disability Claims Process Overview
The VA claims process can be confusing. It was designed so that Veterans could obtain benefits without help from an agent or attorney, but the reality of the system is quite the opposite in all but the most straightforward cases. A lot of the Veterans we talk to never even knew that there are benefits available; it just isn’t something the military always tells you when you separate. As a result, many years can go by between the time of service and the time a claim for benefits is submitted, and VA loves to use that as an excuse to deny the claim.
If your veterans’ disability claim has been denied, call or email us so we can figure out how to help you get it granted. The VA system offers several appeal options including a supplemental claim, a request for higher level review, and an appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. Each of these has a slightly different purpose. A supplemental claim is usually the preferred first option, and it simply means you are asking VA to re-review your claim in light of new evidence. A lot of the time, that new evidence helps establish that your medical condition is service related. While a doctor often has to provide that information, that’s not always the case. We can help you investigate and develop the required new evidence. A request for higher level review asks that your denial be reviewed by a more “senior” claims rater. In our experience, “senior” may mean instead of being brand new, the rater has worked at VA for a year or more. The higher level review process is relatively fast compared to other options, but does not usually result in a different outcome.
The final option is to appeal to the BVA. We generally reserve this option until other efforts have failed, since the delay to have your claim decided by the Board can easily approach two years or more. The people making a decision on your board appeal are actual lawyers – so the accuracy rate tends to be a lot higher.
We have experience with all of these review options and can help you determine the best way to proceed with your veteran disability claim appeal.