Thursday, May 28, 2015

QR Wins Remand at Board of Veterans Appeals for Hypertension and TDIU

QR is pleased to announce that our appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals for an Army veteran with service in Vietnam resulted in a reversal of the Pittsburgh Regional Office's severance regarding hypertension, and, a remand for further adjudication of a claim for Total Disability Based On Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits.  This is a benefit payable to a veteran who is unable to work due to the individual's service-connected conditions. 

The veteran applied on his own and was originally denied by the Pittsburgh Regional Office.  The Regional Office severed the Veteran's hypertension as not being directly related to Agent Orange.  

Attorney Quatrini appealed the unfavorable decision and worked with the Veteran's private physicians to indicate that the Veteran's hypertension was "more likely than not" related to his diabetes.  

Mr. Quatrini attended a video teleconference with the Veteran in Pittsburgh, PA and was able to convince the Veterans Law Judge that the Regional Office erred by severing the Veteran's benefits for hypertension because said disease was related to his diabetes, not specifically to Agent Orange directly.  Additionally, Attorney Quatrini was able to convince the Veterans Law Judge that the Veteran's case should have been reviewed for eligibility for Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability benefits as the Veteran suffered from several service-connected conditions, and, the issue of unemployability was sufficiently intertwined with the Veteran's initial claim for an increase in benefits. 

The BVA decision will now head back to the Pittsburgh Regional Office for further adjudication, including an updated evaluation and Rating for the Veteran's conditions.

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QR Veterans Disability Law Group

Serving Veterans nationwide from our offices in Greensburg, Pittsburgh, and Latrobe.

Monday, February 24, 2014

QR Results: Veteran Awarded Service Connection for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by Board of Veterans Appeals

QR is pleased to announce that our appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals for an Army veteran with service in Vietnam resulted in a reversal of the initial Ratings Determination by the Department of Veterans Affairs - Pittsburgh Regional Office, and, a full grant of service connection for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

The veteran applied on his own and was originally denied by the Pittsburgh Regional Office.  Attorney Quatrini appealed the unfavorable decision and worked with the Veteran's private psychiatrist to challenge the opinion of the VA examiner, who opined that the Veteran did not suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

Mr. Quatrini attended a video teleconference with the Veteran in Pittsburgh, PA and was able to convince the Veterans Law Judge to accept the following facts:  
  1. the veteran engaged in combat during his service;
  2. that the Veteran had a qualifying DSM-IV diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from his private psychiatrist, and;
  3. that the Veteran's claimed stressors were more likely than not related to his combat service.
Further, the Veterans Law Judge also accepted Mr. Quatrini's argument that a grant of service connection was proper for two reasons:  First, the opinion of the private psychiatrist was simply more credible, and; (2) the two medical opinions - one from the VA and one from the private psychiatrist - were in "relative equipoise", meaning that the two opinions essentially tied and compelled a victory for the Veteran.

The BVA decision will now head back to the Pittsburgh Regional Office for further adjudication, including an updated evaluation and Rating for the Veteran's PTSD.

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QR Veterans Disability Law Group

Serving Veterans nationwide from our offices in Greensburg, Pittsburgh, and Latrobe.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

NOVA Comes to Pittsburgh!

The National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA) will gather in the Steel City for its Spring 2014 conference from April 23rd-26th


QR attorney Michael V. Quatrini has been added to the conference planning team.

To learn more about NOVA, follow the following link:     http://www.vetadvocates.org/

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Congress Approves Benefits Increase

Disabled veterans will receive slightly larger benefit checks next year under legislation sent to President Barack Obama’s desk this week, but efforts to make such cost-of-living adjustments automatic failed again to win approval from Congress.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to give final approval to a bill giving disabled veterans and the survivors of deceased vets a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase.

The same measure was passed by the U.S. Senate in late October, so it now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

View the entire article here:
http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/news/local/congress-approves-percent-increase-for-vets-benefits/article_565bf349-2ea5-5735-a6a1-771aced20a0f.html

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pittsburgh TV Reporter Paul Van Osdol Chronicles the Long Wait of QR Veteran

 Paul Van Osdol from Pittsburgh television station WTAE recently visited Quatrini Rafferty's office in Pittsburgh to interview our client, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. 

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT: Pittsburgh Vet's 50 year battle with the government | Investigations - WTAE Home


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