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Did The VA Overpay Your Disability Benefits? Here’s What To Do

If the VA overpaid you, it’s understandable that you’re worried about how this situation will affect your ongoing benefits. Thankfully, overpayments are more common than you might think, and there are clear steps you can take to fix the issue. Learn more about the VA overpayments and how you can easily handle this process.

What Are VA Overpayments?

VA overpayments happen when the VA pays you more in disability benefits than you usually receive. When this happens, the VA will notify you about their overpayment and expect you to pay it back. There are several reasons why overpayments happen, including:

  • Administrative mistakes in data entry or processing
  • Changes in marital status, dependents, or income that you didn’t report to the VA in time
  • A previously awarded benefit being later adjusted or rescinded after a reevaluation
  • Getting called back into service and still receiving benefits
  • Not paying a copay at a VA medical facility

Can You Dispute An Overpayment?

You have the legal right to dispute the claim if you think the VA made a mistake or you’re experiencing hardship. Veterans have a maximum time limit of 180 days after getting a notification to request a waiver. You’ll also have 30 days to request a hearing and prevent the VA from taking your overpayment out of your monthly benefits. Always submit your request as early as possible to boost your chances of approval.

Steps To Take If The VA Overpays You

If the VA sent you a notification, here’s what you need to do:

Verify the Overpayment

Sometimes, a simple error could be why the VA claims they overpaid you. Always review your overpayment notice to see what you owe and why they overpaid you in the first place. This way, you can identify any misunderstandings the VA can quickly fix.

Gather Evidence

Have all relevant documents in order, whether you’re disputing the overpayment or explaining why repayment would cause further hardship. Medical records, financial statements, or any correspondence with the VA regarding your benefits are the most common forms of evidence you can use to support your claim.

Know Your Rights

Every veteran has specific rights concerning overpayments. From waivers to compromise settlements for those unable to repay the debt in full, you have plenty of options to dispute or settle your obligations to the VA. Understanding these options will help you plan the right strategy and resolve the issue.

What Are Your Repayment Options?

The VA is willing to work with veterans to manage overpayments in a way that won’t burden them financially. Your main options are:

  • Paying the amount back in full
  • Arranging a monthly payment plan tailored to fit your financial situation
  • Requesting a waiver if you’re experiencing financial hardship
  • Offering a compromise to settle the debt for a lesser amount if you can’t repay the whole sum

No matter which option you choose, contact the VA as early as possible to discuss your situation and come up with the right solution.

Our Attorneys Are Here To Help

Facing a VA overpayment issue by acting quickly and getting the needed help will make all the difference. Our team of New York veterans’ disability lawyers will help you dispute your overpayment claims or help you negotiate favorable terms that fit your financial needs. Please contact us online or at 855-367-0135 for a free consultation with our experts today.

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