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BVA Appeal / Lawyer Needed or Not?


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Is it recommended that I hire a lawyer for a BVA appeal?  This will be my first time appealing to the BVA.  What occurrs at this hearing?  Who asks me questions?  Is there a role for an attorney at this hearing?  Wanting to know what to expect and how difficult it was for those who've been down this road. 

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Personally I would not recommend one at the BVA.  I went at it with the VFW and had some good results.  I am now at the CAVC with a Lawyer as the attorney fees are covered at this part. With that

I would say its the individual personal decision. I had filed a claim and I use VFW as my rep. Bless my VA rep heart, she did a great job. But for some reason, I kept getting denied. My VFW rep filed

I went to the BVA the first time and won with the help of the NCOA.  Ten years later I went to the BVA again and decided to hire a lawyer because the VA was playing fast and loose with the laws and CF

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Wish I had had a lawyer at my BVA hearing. I was denied because the American Legion rep blew it. He was asking for the wrong thing, and I didn't know it. I lost on a technicality, and not on the merit of the case. So, on to the next level I go. Thanks AL!

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49 minutes ago, capitan said:

Wish I had had a lawyer at my BVA hearing. I was denied because the American Legion rep blew it. He was asking for the wrong thing, and I didn't know it. I lost on a technicality, and not on the merit of the case. So, on to the next level I go. Thanks AL!

Captain, you should start your own thread, you do yourself and the OP(Original Poster) an injustice by now allowing others to respond to your unique situation.

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On 4/10/2020 at 7:49 AM, Vetrequest said:

Wanting to know what to expect

I went to the BVA in 2016. I was represented by the DAV. I didn't have a copy of my c-file because DAV said not to request it that I would lose my place in line. So I didn't have a clue when I got there. I went up a day early and tried to talk about what was going on but the DAV rep wan't interested. During the hearing the DAV rep asked if my conditions had gotten worse. Never mentioned SSDI, neither did the judge. The judge was more interested in my headaches. I didn't know why until after I had gotten my c-file. A NP had screwed up a C&P exam showing nothing physically wrong with me, but that I was taking morphine for headaches. I was talking the morphine for my spine issues. Now I know that the issue of SSDI solely for SC mental issues should have been brought up during the hearing. IMO DAV is worthless and everyone needs to educate themselves about how VA operates. The judge may read through your file but that still may not benefit you. 

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