Veterans Benefits

The Monterey Law office of Siddel Law is proud to offer services to support those who have served our nation. Military veterans and those on active duty in the Navy, Marines, Air Force, Army and Coast Guard often face a variety of legal problems, and we are qualified to help you with each of them. Keith Siddel is an accredited attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, he has extensive healthcare experience, which can be essential when filing or appealing a disability claim. He will discuss your situation personally and determine how Siddel Law can best assist you. As a military veteran himself, Mr. Siddel understands the unique issues you face both while serving in the military and getting the benefits you have earned. Siddel Law offers discounted pricing for all active duty personnel and veterans.

 

Disability Claim

Applying for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can be a long, frustrating process. Having an attorney to navigate through the VA labyrinth for you can reduce the number of headaches you have to go through. And while an attorney can't make the VA decide your claim any faster, or guarantee results, legal assistance can help you get more of the benefits you are entitled to. Because VA laws and regulations are complex, often difficult to understand, and subject to frequent change, it is a significant advantage to you to be represented by an attorney

If your claim involves a disability denial it is important to note that Mr. Siddel has dealt with the Department of Veterans Affairs before and he knows how to get the results you need. As an accredited attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs he can argue your case in front of the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). Siddel Law is not a claim mill that simply sends forms into the VA and hopes for the best. In fact, Siddel Law is a participating member of the American Bar Association Veterans' Claims Assistance Network (ABA VCAN) where we provide pro-bono services to Veterans in need.

Services for Active Duty Service Members

While serving in the military, active duty personnel have access to limited military legal services. Unfortunately, the military attorneys can't always help. For example, many service members stationed outside the US have issues that arise back in the US while they are outside the country. In many instances we can assist you with those legal issues as well.

Siddel Law also participates in the ABA Military Pro Bono Project providing pro bono counsel on behalf of military families. Clients in these cases are junior-enlisted, active-duty military members and their families with civil legal problems in need of pro bono help.

Why Retain an Attorney for Disability Claims?

Veterans have many options and agencies to help assist and represent them in securing their claims. However, veterans represented by attorneys have the lowest denial rate in front of the BVA, at 17.7 percent, well below the average 24.2 percent denial rate, according to the Board of Veterans' Appeals Annual Chairman's Report (Fiscal Year 2011).

Veterans with attorney representation before the BVA also are among the most likely to have their appeals allowed according to the report, with a 30.1 percent success rate. Veterans who are represented by claims agents have a slightly higher success rate at 32.7 percent, but the agents were responsible for only 71 successful appeals, whereas attorneys handled 1,295 cases.

support those who have served our nation. Military veterans and those on active duty in the Navy, Marines, Air Force, Army and Coast Guard often face a variety of legal problems, and we are qualified to help you with each of them.

Keith Siddel is an accredited attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, he has extensive healthcare experience, which can be essential when filing or appealing a disability claim. He will discuss your situation personally and determine how Siddel Law can best assist you.

As a military veteran himself, Mr. Siddel understands the unique issues you face both while serving in the military and getting the benefits you have earned. Siddel Law offers discounted pricing for all active duty personnel and veterans.

 

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