Veterans Benefits Cases & Appeals
Williams Cuker Berezofsky has a long history of protecting the rights of disabled military veterans and their families. It began with the representation of Vietnam era veterans affected by the herbicide Agent Orange, which culminated in a U.S. Supreme Court victory in Stephenson v. Dow Chemical Co., 273.F.3d 249 (2d Cir. 2001), aff’d in part and vacated in part sub nom., Dow Chemical Co. v. Stephenson, 539 U.S. 111 (2003) which upheld the due process claims of American soldiers whose cancers were caused by Agent Orange.
Today, WCB continues to represent veterans in appeals of denied death and disability claims for federal benefits. Beth G. Cole and our co-counsel, Stephen S. Pennington are admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans claims. They represent veterans who are Agent Orange victims, as well as those who have suffered disabling or fatal injuries and illnesses during the Gulf War, Iraq, and other tours of duty.
Most veterans begin an appeal representing themselves before contacting a qualified veterans disability lawyer. Obtaining legal representation as a disabled veteran early in the claims process helps to ensure that a claim is properly developed up front and forces the VA to satisfy its legal duty to assist and comply with its own procedures and regulations. One of the most important strategies for winning a claim before the VA is to obtain the necessary medical opinion evidence to support a claim at the beginning of the claims process. We can assist you in obtaining additional medical opinion evidence. We have fought and won veterans cases that have established new precedents for veterans disability benefits and claims.
If you are interested in WCB’s representation in a claim for Veterans’ Administration benefits, please submit an inquiry form here.