Not all injuries are easily accepted by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Whether due to errors in documentation, delayed reaction or simple failure in the administrative process, you may find a denial letter in the mail for your very real injuries. Don't let it discourage you too much; appeals are accepted and expected by the Veterans Affairs (VA) claims process. If you're unsure of what you did wrong (if anything) with your claim, consider a few injury evidence gathering and compensation concepts that may clarify the situation a bit more.
Service-Connected Disability Policies Are Strict
In order to be considered for compensation under VA programs, your injury must be service-connected. This means that your injury, psychological condition or other disabling condition must have occurred during military service or caused by military service.
Not all injuries are immediately obvious. A broken bone or lost limbs may be immediate and obvious problems, but long-term effects such as chemical exposure, disease exposure in foreign incidents, psychological trauma and many other conditions may not manifest themselves until years after service.
Even though it's possible that your current conditions are from long ago events in the military, the VA must conduct a thorough review of evidence. Unfortunately, the burden of providing the evidence can be a bit too heavily situated on the veteran. Medical examinations by the VA may not be comprehensive, so you may have to perform medical examination on your own and hope that your claim is eventually approved in order to be reimbursed.
Don't Leave Your Claim Success To Mere Chance
If you're injured to the point of needing compensation, you may not have a large enough income to shoulder such costs for too long. For many veterans, injuries can worsen during the claims process until they're forced to work less hours or not work at all. Instead of taking a long term risk, contact a personal injury lawyer, like those at Gallagher Law Offices PC, to expedite the process.
If your injury truly is legitimate and connected to military service, a lawyer can perform all of the legwork when it comes to getting the right appointments and filing the right paperwork. For long, arduous claims with multiple injuries, a lawyer can even help you get at least a partial compensation percentage to tide you over as the compensation battle continues.
The great part about the VA system is that you can accept a smaller percentage and still appeal for higher percentages within the same system. This isn't an injury settlement in civilian court; the VA knows that mistakes are made and that injury situations change.
Don't let the VA disability system discourage you. Contact a personal injury attorney to get a professional helping hand through the maze of policies that stand between you and claim success.