Some veterans are unaware that they may reopen a disability compensation claim that has been denied by the Department of Veteran Affairs. In this blog post, I will explain to you what you need to reopen a previously denied claim.
What is the Difference Between a New Claim and a Reopened Claim?
At the outset, it is important to understand the difference between a new claim and a reopened claim. Generally, a new claim is one that has never been filed with the VA before. There are some special exceptions, such as claims for an increased disability evaluation, special monthly compensation, and a claim for total disability based on individual unemployability. However, a majority of claims will either fall under new or reopened status, depending on whether a decision has become final.