In this article, our experienced injury attorney discusses several important facts about VA disability claims. If you would like to know more information, please contact our office today. We would be happy to help.
Facts About VA Disability Claims | Many Claims are Delayed
The number of claims that exist that are backlogged are phenomenal. At one point, Senator John McCain said that there are over a million disability appeals that are backlogged. The staff and the people that are working at the VA are overworked and understaffed. It’s part of the reason for them being backlogged.
The way that the system is set up is to not automatically believe what you’re telling them. They look suspiciously at the claims. Their job performance is evaluated on how they can keep the claims down and how they can reduce the number of claims. At the initial stage, much like insurance adjustors for companies in car wrecks, they are directed to keep the claims down to a minimal amount. They are not looking to help you. It is a type of adversarial analysis that they do. It’s unfortunate because we hear that the VA is out there to protect the vets, but it doesn’t always work that way. If your claim has been delayed or denied, you need to talk to an attorney.
Facts About VA Disability Claims | The Process is Complex
We continually hear from the politicians that they are reforming the VA Administration, that we are going to have more people assigned, that we are going to get rid of the backlog. Yet, it remains a backlog. There are hundreds of thousands if not millions of backlogged claims and people waiting for VA benefits determinations. How long is it going to take for your claim to be decided? The answer to that question is depending on what stage it’s at, and how much information is involved, it could take anywhere from six months on up to a year or more.
The best thing that you can do is to make sure that you have proper representation who has gone through and done what is necessary to make sure that your claim is fully and properly prepared for the VA so that they cannot send it back down on some technicality. When they finally get to it, everything is there, and they can make the proper decision and determination on your disability claim. For you, even though it may take a while, you need to get an attorney to represent you, to make sure that your claim is in the absolute best condition that it is, so that it gets approved when they get around to it.
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