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5 Common Mistakes To Watch Out For When Filing A VA Disability Claim

Whether it’s your first time filing a claim or you have already been through the process, getting your disability benefits approved can be an uphill battle. Navigating the legal system is time-consuming, and there’s no guarantee you’ll be approved. However, understanding the most common mistakes with filing for disability benefits can help increase your chances of a successful outcome.

5 Common Mistakes To Avoid When You File A VA Claim 

The VA has strict requirements for applicants wanting to qualify for benefits, and one wrong move can lead to your claim being delayed or denied altogether. Here are some of the most serious mistakes you could make when submitting a VA claim:

Not Having Strong Medical Evidence

One of the most critical parts of a VA disability claim is showing clear evidence of your medical condition and how it relates to your time in the military. For this reason, weak medical records or submitting irrelevant medical records could hurt your case’s outcome. Always ensure you give the exact information the VA needs to process your claim as efficiently as possible.

Not Having A Medical Opinion

Even if you can provide evidence or personal information about your injury’s symptoms, the VA will prefer an expert’s opinion. For this reason, having a medical professional create a nexus letter will help you and your lawyer build a stronger case. Nexus letters can also serve as a counterargument if your C&P examiner doesn’t make the connection between your condition and your time in the military. 

Missing Deadlines

Some applicants believe they can submit a claim anytime, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Filing your claim early will ensure you receive your disability payments as soon as possible. An earlier effective date will also impact your retroactive benefits and can typically boost the amount of back pay an applicant can qualify for.

Submitting Incomplete Paperwork 

The claims process involves a lot of effort that goes beyond filling out and submitting the necessary forms. When you file your case, you must gather medical records, witness statements, and other information to show how this service-related injury impacted your day-to-day life. The more transparent and thorough you are with everything, the easier it will be for the VA to process your claim successfully.

Giving Up After The First Try

Getting your application denied on your first try is fairly common. However, many applicants take this decision as a reason to stop trying. Keep in mind that it may take more than one attempt to get the results you’re looking for. If your claim gets initially denied, understand why it wasn’t approved to help you carefully prepare a successful appeal.

Our Experienced Lawyers Are Here To Help

Filing your VA claim is a difficult process that can take months or even years to get a favorable result. However, understanding some common mistakes to avoid can increase your chances of receiving the benefits you deserve. Our veterans’ disability lawyers have years of experience helping applicants gather the evidence they need for a successful claim.  Please call us at 855-599-2141 or contact us online if you have any questions or to schedule a free consultation today.

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