If you choose to have our firm represent you, we will:
- Conduct your initial consultation to determine the validity of your appeal
- Guide you through the claims process and answer questions as they arise
- Complete and file all VA forms and requests for appeals with the proper office
- Handle all contact with the Department of Veterans Affairs
- Obtain necessary evidence and medical records to substantiate your claim
- Prepare and submit analyses of all evidence related to the claim
- Prepare you for all hearings
- Represent you at all hearings and appeals
- Keep you informed of case status every step of the way
For years, Sullivan & Kehoe have been assisting veterans to receive the benefits they deserve. Michael Sullivan, Esq., our managing partner, served in the Marine Corps. Our attorneys understand how frustrating it can be to navigate the veteran’s disability claim process. With over 50 years of experience between the partners, we have been helping veterans navigate the veteran’s disability claim process throughout the United States. Let our skilled attorneys help you through the entire process and fight for the claim that you deserve.
Establishing a Service Connection
A disability or disease related to a veteran’s period of military service is otherwise known as service connection or a service-connected disability.
For example, VA law will entitle a veteran to an award of service connection if he or she can establish the following:
(1) an in-service disability, injury or incident;
(2) a current disability; and,
(3) a medical link between the current disability and the in-service disability, injury or incident.
Appeals for Increased Ratings and TDIU
If the symptoms associated with your service-related disability have increased over the years, or if your claim was granted at an inappropriately low level, you may be eligible for an increased rating for your condition. If you have received a decision regarding your condition during the past year, you can file an appeal for an increased rating. If longer than a year, if you have not, you can file a new claim for an increased rating. An increased rating will result in additional benefits.
Acquiring Your Claims Folder
In most cases, it takes the VA regional office between 4 and 12 months to send a copy of their claims folder to us. All decisions from the VA are based solely on the evidence that is contained in your claims folder. Therefore, once we see the evidence upon which the VA has based their decision, we will be able to supplement the record with whatever evidence is necessary in order to give you the best possible chance at success.