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The most common mistakes Veterans make when filing their VA disability claim

Updated: Apr 1

Filing a VA disability benefits claim can feel overwhelming, between getting competent evidence and figuring out if your condition qualifies direct service connection. If you're feeling stressed – don't panic! We're here to break things down a bit. This blog, plus our list of resources for Veterans preparing to file, will get you on the right track as you get ready to submit your claim.

Here are several common mistakes Veterans make when filing their VA disability claim, and a few ways to avoid making them:

Their documents are disorganized

Disorganized documents are a common issue that can cause problems when your claim is reviewed. Veterans should organize their documents so that the VA rater can see the most important evidence first – medical documentation, Nexus Letters, or a personal statement.

In addition to the order of the documents, we also recommend that Veterans highlight their medical records to draw attention to the following items:

  • Key symptoms

  • Timeline of condition

  • Formal diagnosis and medical information

The claim is missing evidence

Having a fully developed claim is crucial! But what does that mean? Well, basically it means getting all the evidence necessary for the decision maker to simply make their decision. Your treatment records should be sufficient enough to prove your condition and explain the timeline and evolution of your symptoms. When everything is outlined and your condition is clear to the VA rater, they can make the call easily.

The following examples of evidence are all important:

  • Treatment visits

  • Physical therapy visits

  • Chiropractic care

  • Receipts for materials needed

  • Lay evidence (personal statements, etc)

  • Nexus Letters and DBQs

There are gaps in care

By "gaps in care", we mean there are periods of time unaccounted for in the timeline of your condition. If you have a period without much medical evidence to explain, private medical evidence – such as a Nexus Letter – is a good way to fill the gap.

We can help you get private medical evidence

A strong VA disability benefits claim starts with proper documentation. Nexus Letters, DBQs, chart reviews, and more – we can help you get what you need to be prepared. Sign up for a chart review, and view other services here. Instead of going it alone, work with one of our professional medical experts to get exactly what you need.

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