Applying for VA disability benefits and receiving a denial can be disheartening, especially if you served honorably and believe the connection between your condition and your service is clear. Nevertheless, many veterans in this situation muster up the determination to take their denial, speak with a VA disability appeals lawyer, and appeal the decision using one or more avenues available to them. These avenues include asking for a higher-level review or requesting a hearing before a veterans law judge.
But when these efforts prove fruitless, you may be disinterested in continuing the appeals process further. While you can appeal a denial from the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BOVA) to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), at this point you have been denied twice and wonder if a third attempt is worth the effort.
As any one of the experienced veterans law attorneys at Valor Firm can attest, there is much to gain and little to lose by continuing the appeals process, even if you have been denied twice.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is a Civilian Court
One reason to continue on in the appeals process following a BOVA denial is because, up to this point, you have been dealing with representatives and boards operating within the VA. The CAVC is not part of the VA, however. It is a federal court of record established pursuant to Article I of the U.S. Constitution. Most notably, its judicial members are civilians, not employees of the VA.
By continuing on with your appeal past a BOVA denial, you give this independent body an opportunity to review your case and the decisions made thus far. While this is not a guarantee of success, having a fresh, independent set of eyes reviewing your claim may be what finally leads to an approval.
This Preserves Your Benefits Start Date
Once your claim for VA disability benefits is approved, your start date relates back to the time you initially filed your claim. So long as you continue on with the appeals process, that effective date remains the same no matter how many appellate layers you must go through.
But if you elect not to seek review from CAVC following a denial of your claim by the Board, you would need to start your VA disability claim all over again. You would receive a new start date and lose out on months or even years of benefits.
Let Valor Firm Guide You Through Every Stage of the Appeals Process
Do not lose hope if you are denied benefits initially. Instead, reach out and speak to Valor Firm about your case and your options. We have years of quality experience helping veterans who have had their claims denied successfully appeal that denial. Schedule a consultation with us by calling (504) 218-2510 and let us discuss with you your needs and how we can help. You can also schedule a consultation with Valor Firm on the firm’s website.