VA Proposes Changes to Filing Process for Veterans’ Disability Benefits Claims

Each day, more veterans return to the United States from overseas suffering from injuries and other health conditions related to their service that leave them unable to work. While Veterans Disability Benefits are available to these individuals, the process of filing a claim can sometimes be extremely confusing and complex. Now, the federal government is proposing changes to the way such claims are filed that could potentially add to these difficulties.

An article from FOX News explains that under current law, the moment a soldier or veteran contacts the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to file a disability claim, whether it be by email or hand-written note, the agency is required to pay retroactive benefits to that point if the claim is approved. Now, the VA is hoping to pass a rule that will require soldiers and veterans to file a particular form in order to mark their intent to file a disability claim and the point to which they should receive retroactive benefits.

Experts say the move has many veterans and veterans rights advocates upset, claiming that a simple mistake on the form could result in decision delays and soldiers potentially not receiving all of the compensation they are entitled to.

The Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys with Lundy Law are aware of how frustrating the processes can be to receive veterans disability benefits and the firm suggests anyone considering applying for such benefits discuss their legal rights with a qualified attorney first.