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Not Recommended: Bosley & Bratch

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I do not recommend Bosley and Bratch.

When I first contacted them, I had to send in all information I had.

I am on SSD, and had received an award at 60%, which as many who would read the award letter was the bare minimum on all issues.

They told me that since their was an paperwork stating that they (VA) was considering 100 percent that they did not want to intervene till that was resolved.

I have since then been to the RO office in Indy and have talked to them (VA) 800# and their is no paperwork that they have stating that they was considering 100% especially since I did not have a single issue at or above 40%.

I called Bosley and Bratch at the Indy location and after several phone calls they said they would not represent me because none of my issues was VA service connected and I was not disabled.

Huh?

I am on SSD so yes I am disabled, and every issue that got me SSD is also on my VA claims and the combination of those got me too 60%.

The only thing I needed them to do is dot my I's and cross my T's to get what I should be getting for each of those issues.. which ultimately would get me very close to 100%

They told me before I hanged up on them, was that the only way they would represent me was if I was service connected by a VA doctor stating so.

Sounds like they want me to do the work....

Anyway, sounds like they are just lazy and don't want to take any risk.. not that there would be any really.

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It is lucky you found out now that they are incompetent and not down the road at the BVA. I had to shop my case around to a number of lawyers. They were just lazy and wanted a quick buck. The lawyer I got was and is willing to go all the way so far. Every time we came into contact with the VA he got more outraged since he had done SSD claims for years. When he saw my C-File he could not believe the state it was in compared to SSD files.

John

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Many competent VA lawyers turn down more cases than they take. They "skim the cream" and only take those they know they can win, and I dont blame them. The VA makes lawyers wait 5 years for their money also. How many people do you know who would work, and only maybe get paid in 5 years? The delays get to attorneys, too, and I met one who no longer takes VA cases as they just take too long to get their money.

Yes, you are going to have to have a doctors nexus statement, the lawyer can not do that for you. If you dont have a statement close to "The Veterans xxx condition is at least as likely as not related to xxxx that happened in military service, you are very unlikely to get service connected unless you are willing to get an IMO saying the same. This is not the lawyers fault, its a VA requirement.

When shopping for a lawyer, often you get turned down 2 or 3 times before you find one who likes your case. Many lawyers have a "market niche" and like certain kinds of cases, likely because they won those before, and yours may or may not fit in their criteria. Yes, they have criteria, too.

I have had at least 3 lawyers not return my calls...they are just to busy to take on new cases. Case in point: Mr. Carpenter in Kansas. He has won many and carefully screens new cases to meet his criteria. Another example: NVLSP. They win about 90% of their cases, in no small part by screening out the ones they think they cant win.

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And if they did charge you money, or try to, contact the Bar Association in your state.

I did that once, had a lawyer who snookered me.....he tried to cut me off the phone after he got my money ,when I complained at his lack of expertise , but I managed to get him to hear me clearly say that my next phone call would be to the NJ Bar Association.

Within hours that same day my money was refunded to me in person by a courier.

(which is really funny because his office was directly diagonal to my backyard when I lived in a city.He could have made the check into a paper airplane and thrown it into my backyard and called me to tell me to pick it up.)

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I understand fully what your saying, that being said this wasn't a case of proving SC. That has already been done by the VA and I am at 60% for that. All I need to do was get the current rating percentage to what is more inline with what I believe they should be. I know what I think they should be and what they will end up to be are two different things. I believe fully that the first rating decision was a low-ball and just to clear their back-log.

I have been looking for specialty doctors for each of my issues. I want to make sure I get the right doc for each issue and ones that are familiar with what I need done.

Easier said then done.

This particular lawyer's office advertises that they would send people to those kind of doctors. And, I have dual insurance at the moment to help with those doctor fees if need be. Figured hiring them was my best to way too find those kind of doctors. I don't really care about ANY retro I could possibly get. I just want to get too the point where my ratings reflect what they should appropriately should be.

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