Dealing With A Denial In Pain? The System Can Be Overcome
Dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs can be difficult when it comes to disability claims. The requirements for receiving disability under the the VA program can be strict, and even a legitimate disability may face denial if your paperwork isn't in order. Unfortunately, some pains and disabling conditions can become worse (or at least seem worse) if you're waiting on appeals, and increased distress can make the claims process even harder. Take a look at a few ways to relieve those stresses and push for greater claim success with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
VA Disability Success Requirements
In order to be approved for the Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation, your condition(s) must be service-connected. To be service-connected, a condition must have started because of something during your military career. For pre-existing conditions, you can still receive benefits on a case-by-case basis if your condition becomes significantly worse, although the definition of "significantly" depends on the specific condition.
This means that you'll need more than a limp, a current medical test or a good military tale to give to the VA hospital. It's not unheard of for a veteran to be injured after leaving the military, only to claim VA benefits while pretending that the injury happened while in the military. On the more honest side, some veterans may have been tricked with promises of free medical care for life no matter what.
You'll need documents with specific dates showing that you've complained about the problem before, medical results from when the problem was discovered during your military service, and a current set of medical results showing that you still have the condition.
Those requirements are a surefire template for success, but you can still succeed if you're missing some parts. If you don't have complaints dating back to your military service, bringing up the issue as soon as possible can keep you safe. Some conditions and injuries can be examined for context, which means that you could prove that your wounds or conditions are older than the weeks or months that you've been out of the military.
Some conditions such as chronic pain can exist without physical proof that can be delivered as evidence. Many veterans suffer pain from falls, combat events or accidents that weren't reported either through the need to push forward or a lack of an administrative team to record the information officially. A personal injury lawyer is more than necessary at this point.
What Can A Lawyer Do About It?
A personal injury lawyer can examine your situation and look for successful claims from other veterans. If you have a real condition, there's a medical professional that can diagnose it and work towards treating it.
Unfortunately, not all medical professionals are experienced in claim systems. Injury lawyers have professional networks with medical professionals who work with claim systems and can detail their findings in a way that the VA is likely to accept. Pointing to the depth of the problem and delivering as many pictures, video and written proof can go a long way towards proving your appeal to be true.
For more information, contact Swartz & Swartz P.C. or a similar firm.