Johnson & Lapham and our co-counsel partners have experience helping veterans and their family members seek entitlement to several types of disability cases including, but not limited to:
Total Disability Based Upon Individual Unemployability (TDIU)
PTSD, including due to MST
Psychiatric conditions other than PTSD
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Boots on the Ground
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
Persian Gulf War Illness
VA Medical Malpractice (38 C.F.R. 1151)
Cause of Death (COD)
Dependents Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
Clear and Unmistakeable Error (CUE)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)
Yes! In fact, a vast majority of our clients are from out of state.
No. Be wary if someone tells you it will. VA does not process claims faster just because a veteran is represented by a service organization or an attorney. However, your claim may be EXPEDITED under certain circumstances, like serious illness or extreme financial hardship. We assess each client’s case to see if their claim can be expedited. Furthermore, our goal is to use our legal knowledge, attention to detail, and investment in your case to help you get a GRANT sooner.
We typically work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if we win you a retroactive award of benefits. Your monthly compensation payments going forward are 100% yours.
Costs are also only collected if we win and you receive a retro payment. Costs may be incurred from obtaining expert reports or medical records on behalf of a client. We work hard to minimize costs and will get your approval before incurring any in your case.
We take pride in being honest and straight forward with our fee and cost policy. Before we start representing you, we will fully explain our fee agreement and answer any and all questions you have.
Not necessarily. In some cases a hearing can be helpful, but the Board has historically had a large back log of hearings on their docket. Waiting for a hearing can delay a case for years. Often, an affidavit or written statement for you or a family member or friend can be as effective and have your claim decided faster. We evaluate each case to see if a hearing is the best course of action or not.
Effective February 2019, VA is implementing a new VA appeals process. In this new system, Veterans will have to choose between 3 different “lanes” for their claim to be reviewed:
1) Supplemental Claim Lane – Can submit new and relevant evidence
2) Higher Level Review – No new evidence, claim reviewed by a senior claims adjudicator
3) Board Lane – Appeal Directly to the Board. Once at the Board, Veterans will have the option to choose between 3 additional review options:
Direct Review: No new evidence and no hearing
Evidence Submission: Can submit new evidence, but no hearing
Hearing: New evidence and a hearing
Visit VA’s Website to learn more
Call Johnson & Lapham LLC for a free, no obligation consultation at 513-536-6000.