If you are a disabled veteran who is awaiting your VA disability benefits, you are probably familiar with the long wait periods for a veterans’ disability benefits claim to be processed. In response to the backlog of unanswered veterans’ disability claims, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) launched the Expedited Claims Adjudication (ECA) Initiative in four Regional Offices (RO).
The VA says that the ECA was created “to speed up the processing” of disabled veterans’ claims. However, if you are a veteran awaiting your claim, it is important to exercise extreme caution when signing any ECA agreements or waivers of rights.
The ECA agreement and waiver, requires that you be represented by an attorney or the Veteran’s Service Organization (VSO). It also imposes new limits to your rights and alters the VA’s responsibilities in very important ways, some of which are listed below:
- The ECA waiver limits the number of appeals that you can submit
- The Initiative puts specific time constraints on how long you have to appeal a claim.
- The ECA initiative significantly alters the amount of evidence that the VA is required to look at when considering your disability claim.
Read more about the ECA Initiative and talk to a veterans’ disability attorney if you have any questions about what this waiver would mean for you.
If you need assistance with your veterans disability claim, contact the veterans disability rights law firm of Veterans Help Group. Veterans disability rights lawyers can help you win your claim against the VA!