If you are filing an initial veterans disability claim Perkins Law Firm will represent you free of charge.
Every Friday at Perkins Law Firm is ‘Casual Friday’ with a caveat. We wear blue jeans and burgundy shirts with the following embroidered on the front: “Perkins Law Firm: We’re Here to Help” And that desire to help really is at the heart of what happens here each and every day.
No Fees on Initial Veterans Disability Claims
If you are a veteran filing an initial claim and we believe you are likely to receive a compensable VA rating, we will represent you free of charge. In other words, we receive no pay, no fees, and no award on an initial veteran’s disability claim. That is not typical of many attorneys who represent disabled veterans and their families seeking VA benefits. But, we feel it is the least we can do for those who have honorably served our country, whether as a servicemember or a spouse back home. We’re here to help. The only thing you would be responsible for paying would be any out-of-pocket expenses related to the claim. Typically, these are for medical or service records retrieval costs.
Attorney Fees on Appeals
Should your initial claim be denied and you’d like to move forward with an appeal, we want to help. At that point we would reevaluate your VA disability claim and likely issue a new contract for the appeal process if we think there is a way for us to make a difference in your claim. Only then would we incorporate fees into the agreement. The same applies if, after an initial rating is awarded, you’d like to fight for an earlier effective date (EED) or an increased rating.
On these claims where an appeal is in place, our attorneys earn 20% of the difference awarded on the retroactive benefits only. So, if your monthly benefits increase from $1,000 to $2,000 on account of the work we’ve done, we would receive 20% of $1,000/month (the difference between your new monthly amount and the old) or $200/month. But, this fee would not be on any monthly benefits going forward; it would only be on the “back pay” from the time you applied until the date of the award. If we are successful in earning an earlier effective date for your disability, your contract would stipulate that we receive 20% of that amount to which you were previously declared ineligible. Any fees paid to us are usually paid directly from VA. So, you don’t have to pay anything before receiving the VA benefits we helped you obtain.
And that’s it. The rest is yours; you served our country and earned it! If you have questions about filing an initial claim or wonder what we can do to help you receive the full benefits to which you are entitled, call for a consultation or complete the “Need Help” form on the right. We hope we can help you, too.