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Our VA Appeals Lawyers Help You Apply for a Better Veterans’ Benefits Rate

An improved rate can get your family the support they desperately need

Veteran’s benefits can be critical funds for your medical needs as well as badly needed cash for your family. Your eligibility and rate benefits can also be seriously miscounted by VA officials, who often have very limited time to review your claims. If you feel your assigned rate does not match your claim or your needs, Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban can help. It is our honor to assist eligible veterans and their families apply for a rate that reflects their needs.

How should I apply for a better rate?

You are entitled to have an agent or attorney assist you at any point when applying or appealing for veteran’s benefits, and we highly recommend that you retain a lawyer to help you when applying. To get the best possible rate, you should:

  • Review your service medical record first — Your claims should correspond to your existing medical records
  • Print your application — A handwritten application can be difficult to read and may cause confusion among the VA officials who have to review it
  • Start as soon as possible — Any disability condition diagnosed within one year of leaving the military may be considered related to service
  • Create a short summary sheet for your documentation — Medical files can be hundreds of pages long. A printed summary less than five pages can clarify issues for the VA officials
  • Be friendly and considerate to your veteran services officer — People may respond positively to your application if you appreciate their assistance
  • Read the requests for release information carefully — Your civilian medical records may need to be released to the VA. Make sure that they have requested the correct files and dates
  • Request a copy of your file from the VA after they have assessed your case — You are entitled to a copy of your file through the Freedom of Information Act, and it may contain evidence of mistakes the VA made while assessing your injuries
  • Keep your original documentation and make copies — Keep original correspondence in a file at home and make copies. An appeal is much easier with a paper trail

How do I know what conditions make me eligible for a higher disability rating?

The list of conditions that are covered by veteran’s benefits can be found online here. You can search the list for any medical condition for which you were diagnosed while serving or for up to a year after you were released from service. Since it is often technical and difficult to navigate, we recommend that you speak with one of our experienced lawyers about your eligibility before you file or appeal.

Contact us if you think you are interested in applying for a higher veterans disability rating!

If you are considering applying for an improved veteran’s benefits rating, Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban can help. We work with veterans to get disability ratings that actually reflect their medical needs. Call us at 866-866-VETS to schedule an appointment. You will pay nothing until your case is resolved and you receive compensation.

  • Thank to Mr. Spencer I was able to get my VA disability claim re-reviewed and given another chance to receive disability. By far he is one of the most professional lawyers I have ever dealt with. So Veterans if you are looking for help with your VA disability claim I would suggest that you hire Macari, Russotto, Spencer, & Balaban. Thanks again for everything.

    — Alfred Daye

  • As a disabled veteran trying to navigate the complexities of the Veterans Administrations regulations, I turned to the law firm of Marcari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban. They helped me understand what I needed to do and prepared and presented to the VA an excellent presentation of my case. I recommend them for your legal needs.

    — Harry Johnson

  • I was very satisfied with the excellent and professional manner the law firm handled my claim. I highly recommend any veteran who needs help with his or her claim to use Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban P.C. Special thanks to Mr Spencer for being very professional and courteous during the appeal process. Again Thanks to the entire firm for a job well done!

    — Luther Henderson

  • My husband & I highly recommend this law form to any veteran trying to navigate the endless red tape of the VA. We turned to Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban to handle my husband's appeal and could not have been happier. We enjoyed open and consistent communication regarding our case. Any questions we had were answered immediately.

    — Michele DeZayas

  • Amanda Medina-Morales was our point of contact and she kept us up to date on the progress of our case. It was a pleasure and relief knowing that someone truly competent and professional was handling this and fighting for us.

    — Michele DeZayas

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