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NVLSP COURT VICTORY FOR VETERANS: VA CAN NOW AWARD BENEFITS FOR DISABLING PAIN

NVLSP and Its Private Law Firm Partner Persuade the Federal Circuit to Overturn 19-Year Precedent

In a sweeping legal victory for veterans, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a 19-year lower court precedent which prohibited the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from awarding disability benefits to a veteran for disabling pain if it was not linked to a medical diagnosis. “What this ruling means is that if a physician cannot diagnose the cause of the pain the veteran is experiencing, but the pain is related to an event, injury, or disease that occurred during the veteran’s military service, the veteran should now win disability benefits,” said Bart Stichman, executive director and co-founder of NVLSP and one of the attorneys who represented the veteran in the case. [more]

Released 4/4/18 | Tags: Class Actions

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National Veterans Legal Service Program

Released 4/25/18 at Herald-Mail | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

Rochelle Bobroff of the National Veterans Legal Service Program says much has changed in recent years concerning benefits for military veterans. The program offers free legal help for veterans seeking discharge upgrades, applications for military medical retirement, benefit appeals and other services. [more]

Free legal aid available for veterans

Released 4/25/18 at Herald-Mail | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

Free legal help is available to veterans and active-duty personnel seeking benefits. That was the message National Veterans Legal Services Program delivered to 14 people at the Washington County Commission on Aging on Wednesday. "There are tens of thousands of veterans who don't have all of the disability benefits that they should have," Rochelle Bobroff, the organization's director of pro bono services, said before the program. [more]

Questions about PACER fees swirling in court disputes

Released 4/18/18 at The Indiana Lawyer | Tags: Class Actions

A recent ruling from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia provided insight into the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system’s financial health and raised more questions. The case, National Veterans Legal Services Program et al. v. United States of America, 1:16-cv-00745, is a dispute over PACER funds. The plaintiffs claim the fees charged by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts exceeded the amount that could be collected under the E-Government Act of 2002. [more]

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