VA disability claims are difficult to win, which is why hiring a reputable veteran’s disability lawyer makes sense. However, hiring a reputable and experienced attorney doesn’t just happen. Here are some critical mistakes you’ll want to avoid.
Don’t hire the first lawyer you see.
Several personal injury/negligence law firms out there claim they can handle VA disability cases. Don’t take their word for it; check them out and see if the attorneys in these law firms share the level of expertise that experienced VA disability lawyers possess, so choose wisely.
Don’t hire the one who agrees to take your case before he even learns the facts.
Shifty lawyers get their client to sign first, binding the person to them, without recourse for claimants to change lawyers when things aren’t working out. A reputable and experienced attorney will never take a case until he has heard the entire story and will explain the options or course of actions to potential clients.
Don’t hire a lawyer who spreads himself thinly.
What you need is a lawyer who shows dedication and focus on the matter in front of him. Veterans’ disability cases are specialized claims, and would require a legal mind who has taken pains to present a case that objectively and effectively advance the case of his or her clients.
Don’t hire a lawyer until he explains every detail of his action plan.
Unless you’re familiar with the legal terms, don’t try to struggle through the thickets of legal jargon. Your lawyer should be able to explain everything to you adequately, from the law that concerns you and your documents, and the terms in the contract between the two of you.
Never choose someone who will promise you a lot of money. No lawyer can make guarantees or estimate the exact worth of the benefits due you.