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How Long Does the VA Appeals Process Take?

Going through the VA appeals process can be intimidating, to say the least. You’re already tense because your initial claim was rejected, which threatens your likelihood of receiving the disability benefits you’re entitled to. Now that you’re appealing that decision, what can you expect in the way of time? Is this something that takes 3 months or 3 years? And is there anything you can do to expedite the process?

VA Appeal Wait Times and Influencing Factors

The answer to the question “How long does it take?” varies greatly depending on the circumstances. If, after filing a Notice of Disagreement, you opt for a Decision Review Officer Hearing, it may take a year or more to receive a date for that hearing. The decision from that hearing can take several months to receive.

If you choose not to have the hearing and simply ask for a decision, that is called a Statement of Case, which can still take several months to receive.

If you are still denied on your SOC, you will have the opportunity to take your claim to the Board of Veterans Appeals. Again, it can take a year or more to receive a hearing date. The hearing will take place with Veteran’s Law Judge and can be done via videoconference. After the hearing (times will vary), you will receive a decision in the form of a grant, denial, or your claim may even be remanded (sent back) to the VA Regional Office for more development.

The VA Appeals Process: Get an Expert on Your Side

With all the variations in wait times, the myriad uncertainties, and the legal ins and outs of the VA appeals process, it only makes sense to have an experienced, determined VA disability attorney on your side – and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Wettermark Keith.

We’ll work with you on everything from gathering documentation to filing an appeal and more. You won’t be alone – and you won’t be left wondering what the next step is or how to fight for the rights you know you’re entitled to.

Contact us today for a free consultation and let us help you get your life back on track!

  • The Initial Rating Decision
  • VA issues a Statement of the Case
  • Board of Veterans Appeals Decision
  • Appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims 

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