Filing a disability claim through the Veterans Affairs (VA) system can be difficult, but the very condition you're complaining about can make the process even harder. Missed appointments, lack of concentration and other issues can make your claim less effective in the system, and a denial may be even more devastating. Don't give up; legitimate VA claims can be appealed or resubmitted as much as needed, and with a few traits of the VA claim system in mind your claim can come closer to success.
Claim Denials May Need Simple Changes
It's possible for a valid condition caused by military service to be denied. The VA must filter out fraudulent claims to stop fake injuries and injuries unrelated to military service from taking up the compensation that deserving veterans need for continued survival. Unfortunately, if your claim doesn't have enough information, you may run into delays.
A 'denial' in many cases is nothing more than a delay. Although an individual denial claim will have specific reasons for the denial, the rejection is usually because there isn't enough proof that your problem is military related and severe. A person can say that their back was injured in a fall or during military combat, but the paperwork needs to be there in order to prove it.
Paperwork can come in the form of a military medical record entry. For combat situations or any situation that didn't not have immediate medical reporting, a service record entry can show where you were and what events you were involved in.
You May Need To Seek Legal Assistance
If you're missing a few records or only have basic medical reports such as colds or minor aches, consult a personal injury lawyer. A lawyer can scour your records to look for even the most minor, yet relevant information and begin developing a more compelling case.
With the lawyer's assistance, you can gain access to a medical network that knows what to look for during medical examinations and how to draft a report that fits the VA's requirements. If you need to prove how old the injury is, medical professionals can provide evidence that supports your military service claims.
It isn't always as easy as getting a doctor's note to add to the claim. You'll still need to receive an examination from the VA or have a civilian doctor's comments compared against existing reports, but a legal professional's assistance can bring you closer to some kind of approval. An approved claim for at least 0% may not award a disability payment, but it can bring much needed medical support and benefits while you appeal for a higher compensation rating.
Contact a personal injury attorney to begin building a claim that supports your conditions with a more efficient, comprehensive set of statements. A law office like Conway Pauley & Johnson PC Attys can give you more information.