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Serving Those Who Served

“To care for him, who shall have borne the battle…” Abraham Lincoln

At the Law Office of James D. Pacitti, The Citizens’ Attorney, WE FIGHT FOR THOSE WHO FOUGHT FOR US.  Military veterans deserve the highest degree of respect and honor for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of our country.  They also deserve disability benefits for the physical, mental and emotional injuries they have sustained while serving.

The Citizens’ Attorney Is Accredited With The Veterans Administration And Admitted To Practice Before
The Court Of Appeals For Veterans Claims

Whether you served in the Army, Navy, Marines or Air Force, we can help you vigorously pursue the disability benefits you need but have been denied.

You can count on us to guide you through the complex disability benefits appeals process with personal attention and concern, only collecting a fee if we successfully recover past benefits for you. Call 800-555-2989 today for a FREE consultation or contact us online.

We Can Handle All Types Of Service Connected Disability Claims including:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — This type of anxiety disorder can make it extremely challenging to hold a steady job or accomplish daily tasks. Treatment may involve cognitive-behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or certain medications.
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) — Hundreds of thousands of military personnel are estimated to have some type of brain injury. Such TBIs can be caused by anything from improvised explosive devices (IED) to hand-to-hand combat involving a blow to the head.
  • Orthopedic injuries — You may have injured your back by hauling heavy ammunition, broken bones in a parachute landing or suffered other injuries to joints, bones and muscles.

Disability Benefits? Do You Really Need A Lawyer?

In December 2006, the law was changed to allow veterans to enter into fee contracts with attorneys after a regional office of the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has denied the initial claim. This means you should file the initial claim yourself or through a veterans service officer. By law, the Veterans Administration is required to assist you in proving your claim.  If the claim is granted, you will not have to retain an attorney.

However, initial claims are often rejected due to mistakes committed by the DVA.  Even if your initial claim is granted, the DVA will often assign an incorrect rating for the claim, potentially costing thousands of dollars in disability benefits.

You do not have to be represented by an attorney in the appeals process and there are individuals who are not licensed attorneys who offer their services to veterans. However, when your claim is denied by the Board of Veterans Appeals, the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) will dispatch an attorney to attempt to prove that the DVA properly denied your claim.

If The DVA Has An Attorney, Shouldn’t You Have An Attorney Too?

Once your claim has been denied or given its initial determination, you should contact The Citizens’ Attorney. We will evaluate your claim and help you to decide how to proceed.

Call attorney James D. Pacitti at 800-555-2989 or contact us online. With offices in Los Angeles and Van Nuys, we assist veterans through California and across the country.


Accolades & Memberships

James is rated as a “Top Attorney” for Personal Injury by Avvo, he is a member of the American Bar Association, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce and his firm is an A+ rated business by the Better Business Bureau. In addition to California, James is also licensed to practice law in Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.

  • Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • AVVO Rating 9.5 Superb | Top Attorney Personal Injury
  • ABA Defending Liberty Pursuing Justice

  • Law Office of James D. Pacitti, Inc., Attorneys, Van Nuys, CA

  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles TLC Los Angeles trial lawyers' charities


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