ECA Agreement Limits A Veteran’s Time To Appeal

Many veterans are in dire straights waiting for a decision on their disability claim from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). When offered a quicker way to possibly get their money, many veterans take advantage of the VA’s new Expedited Claims Adjudication (ECA) initiative. Under the guise of speeding up the processing of veteran’s claims, this initiative is stripping veterans of their rights.

Please be aware that if you plan on signing the ECA agreement and waiver, you must be represented by an attorney or the Veteran’s Service Organization (VSO) in order to participate.

Under the current VA system, when a veteran receives a VA decision on his or her claim, that veteran has one year from the date of the notice of the decision in which to begin his appeal process by filing a Notice of Disagreement (NOD).

Conversely, once that veteran signs the ECA agreement and agrees to become an ECA participant, that veteran cuts his own feet out from underneath him as far as appeals. The veteran signing the ECA agreement waives his right to take that year for appeals. The veteran signing the ECA agreement agrees to file a NOD for his VA claim within 60 days from the date of the notice of the decision.

Not only does the veteran waive his or her year in which to file for an appeal, the veteran agrees that if he or she does not appeal within the specific time period, the claim closes and can never be paid.

If you are a veteran who has been denied disability compensation by the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. We can appeal your rating decision and fight for your rights. You are entitled to certain programs and benefits based upon your VA rating decision so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.