Open your claim for VA benefits by submitting a claim with the VA. Your claim should include every condition you wish to have considered for a service connection, and all supporting evidence necessary to prove both the service connection and to support the Disability Rating requirements.
Once your claim for benefits has been received, the VA will request and review additional evidence from you, your healthcare providers, government agencies, and others. The Rating Veterans Service Representative (RVSR) will review the evidence and make a decision.
The VA will then issue a Rating Decision. The VA can either deny or grant your claim at this stage. If your claim is granted, you will receive a disability rating with an effective date. This is the date you can start receiving disability benefits. It is typically the date your claim was received.
If you disagree with the VA benefits claim decision or believe you should have received a higher disability rating, you can file a Supplemental Claim, request a Higher Level Review, or file a Board Appeal. We recommend that you seek experienced legal counsel when filing your appeal.
If your claim for VA disability benefits was denied, a VA disability benefits attorney can help you receive a higher disability rating, gather the necessary evidence to prove your claim, and tailor an argument on your behalf to the decision-maker or judge.
Nicholas L. Simpson (Nic) has spent his career focusing exclusively on veteran’s benefits law and helping veterans whose claims for disability benefits have been denied. Nic takes great personal and professional satisfaction in helping people who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy every day. He is proud to assist veterans who have become frustrated with the VA benefits system by helping them recover the benefits they were promised.
Nic’s motivation to work in veterans’ disability law comes from his grandfather, a WWII veteran who faced difficulty recovering benefits from the VA. While Nic was a law student at the University of Missouri, he helped create a veterans’ benefits legal clinic, and worked in it until he graduated.
After graduation, Nic moved to Florida where he worked for a boutique law firm that focused exclusively on representing veterans in VA disability claims appeals.
Since opening his own law office in 2019, Nic has continued to exclusively represent veterans in appealing denials of claims for disability benefits. From his office in Cocoa, Florida, Nic proudly represents veterans around the country.
Nic finds veterans’ benefits law rewarding, and he takes great pride in helping disabled veterans get the benefits they were promised.
Since 2019, Nic has been personally responsible for helping veterans recover over $1.5 million in disability benefits.
Nic has previously worked as a carpenter and electrician, and built custom cabinetry. When he’s not practicing law, Nic enjoys being outdoors and on the water, playing guitar, and spending time with his girlfriend and their husky Ghost.