Being injured during military service should be a cut and dry issue of compensation, but it's often a difficult path to follow. With general difficulties in wait time, accusations of backlog reshuffling and lost paperwork, you'll need to have all relevant paperwork and supporting evidence ready at all times to make it through some of the more difficult compensation claims. Consider a few techniques for promoting the best case for your compensation and keeping the system focused on your issue.
Denials Are Not The End Of The Process
For many veterans, it feels as if getting a denial is just part of putting in a claim. There is some truth to that suspicion; if you file a claim on your own without intimate knowledge of the Veterans Affairs claims system, you're likely to be denied due to a lack of information.
You'll need more than just a statement of injury. Your medical record needs to support your claim, and your claim needs to be filed under the proper category. In a perfect world, it would be simple for a claims worker to understand the meaning behind a legitimate claim and correct it for you, but with the sheer volume of claims it may be easier to reject the information or at least ask the claim filer to give more information.
If you've been denied compensation, look at the reason carefully. For the most part, claims are denied due to a lack of information, time frame or filing with the wrong department. To get your claim closer to success, you'll need to specify the issue and keep all correspondence related to that issue.
Be Exact And Be Relevant
A lack of information is a fairly general statement, but it's an easy solution to solve. If you're injured, you need to have a document showing that the injury happened during military service and that it's severe enough to require compensation. This usually requires two things: an entry in your medical record and a compensation exam.
Your medical record should have an exact statement of when the injury occurred. That statement will cover the time frame of the injury and will show that it happened during active duty military service. If you don't have supporting evidence in your medical record, you'll have a lot of work ahead of you to get proving statements from other military personnel at the injury event.
For severity, you'll need to have a more recent exam. The Department of Veterans Affairs can arrange a Compensation and Pension (C&P) exam in order to assess your current condition. While at the exam, feel free to discuss any other issues that may not have been claimed on your original complaint.
If you feel that the C&P exam isn't treating your injury like a top priority, contact a team of personal injury attorneys (at Arrington Schelin & Munsey PC) to begin assessing your next step for a claim appeal that may be more likely to succeed.