Filing a claim

The VA recommends gathering as much evidence as possible before filing a claim. Jeffrey Freedman will ensure that your claim will be prepared correctly the first time. This will reduce the amount of time it takes to process your claim. We help you gather required evidence. You will need:

  • discharge or separation papers (DD214 or equivalent)
  • dependency records (marriage and children’s birth certificates)
  • medical evidence (doctor and hospital reports)

There are eight steps or phases to filing a claim. These steps, described on the VA website, are of varying complexity and may be time-consuming.

Step 1. Claim Received

You, your attorney, or representative may open a claim online or through the US mail. Jeffrey Freedman is accredited by the VA. This means our experienced legal team has been granted authority by VA to assist claimants in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for benefits.

Step 2. Under Review

Your claim will be reviewed. You will be notified if you need more evidence or if your claim moves to step five. Our job is to make sure your claim is complete an accurate the first time it is submitted so that you do not need to return to step three numerous times.

Step 3. Gathering of Evidence

It is common for claims, submitted without the help of an attorney, to return to this step for additional evidence. You need evidence from medical professionals, government agencies, or other authorities.

Step 4. Review of Evidence

The VA reviews your evidence. If more evidence is needed, your claim will be sent back to step three. Jeffrey Freedman will submit all needed evidence.

Step 5. Preparation for Decision

The VA makes a recommendation about your case. If more evidence is needed, your claim will be sent back to step three again. In the unlikely event that more evidence is required, we take care of gathering and submitting anything that is needed.

Step 6. Pending Decision Approval

The VA reviews the recommendation about your case. At this time a final award approval may be made.  If more evidence is needed, your claim can, once again, be sent back to step three.

Step 7. Preparation for Notification

Your entire claim decision packet is prepared for mailing.

Step 8. Complete

The VA sends a decision packet to you by U.S. mail. The packet includes details of the decision or award. You pay nothing until you receive payment for your disability.

As you can see, filing a veteran disability claim is complex and challenging. You need to focus on your health and your family’s welfare. Let us take of care gathering, organizing, and submitting your claim. Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys have helped thousands of individuals with disability claims. Let our experience and knowledge help you.

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