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What Percentage Of VA Disability Claims Are Approved?

When it comes to applying for disability benefits from the VA, a lot of people are unsure about what to expect. For example, they may not know how many claims are approved or the process.

Between 30 and 40% of claims are approved. However, this number can fluctuate depending on several factors. Some veterans may have an easier time getting their claims approved than others. VA examines each claim on an individual basis. The veteran’s condition is assigned a disability rating by the VA.

We’ll look at the statistics around disability claims from the VA and give you an idea of what you can expect if you’re considering filing one yourself. Keep in mind that these numbers may vary depending on your situation, so be sure to speak with a lawyer if you have any specific questions. Thanks for reading!

Is it Difficult to Get VA Disability?

VA disability claims can be difficult to get approved. The VA will consider the veteran’s medical records and any information provided by the veteran. The severity of the ailment and how it affects the veteran’s capacity to work determine this ranking. How much you receive from the VA monthly is based on your disability rating and information about any dependent family members. 

You must demonstrate three factors to win your VA disability compensation claim: a medical diagnosis, how your health condition is related to military service (nexus), and evidence from a healthcare professional of persistent or recurring symptoms.

According to VA.gov, there must be evidence of the following for an impairment to be considered service-connected: 

-A current disability

-An incident, accident, or illness while on duty

-A medical nexus linking the in-service event or condition to the current disability

Evidence can come in the form of a buddy letter, medical records, lay statements (testimony from people who know you), and your testimony. In addition, VA Form 21-2680, Exam for Housebound Status or Permanent Need for Regular Aid and Attendance, must also be completed by your doctor. This will help support your claim that your service-connected disability has worsened or affected your quality of life.

If you think you might be eligible for VA disability, the first step is to gather all of your documentation and evidence. Once you’ve gathered all of your requirements, you can apply online or in person at your nearest VA regional office.

Why Are so Many VA Claims Denied?

There are several reasons why VA disability claims may be denied. The most prevalent cause is that the veteran failed to offer sufficient proof to back up their allegation. The VA will consider the veteran’s medical records and any information provided by the veteran. To increase the chances of having a claim approved, it is important to make sure that all relevant evidence is submitted.

Another reason why claims may be denied is that the VA has not yet received all of the necessary information. For example, sometimes, it can take time for the VA to receive all the necessary records from a doctor or other medical provider. If this is the situation, the veteran should contact the VA to ensure their claim is still being handled.

A veteran will not be eligible for disability compensation if any of the following circumstances exist:

  • The veteran’s wrongdoing caused cancer or disability.
  • The veteran was given a dishonorable discharge
  • The veteran’s injury occurred while attempting to avoid duty, such as deserting or going AWOL.
  • The disability occurred while the veteran/service member was imprisoned or subjected to a court-martial for a felony.
  • The veteran is not a U.S. citizen or national.

What Percentage of VA Disability is Denied?

Each year, the VA rejects approximately 30% of disability claims. It can be distressing to learn that your claim has been refused. But, on the other hand, maybe you feel you met all their requirements and gave them every bit of evidence needed to qualify for the disability compensation owed to you.

So, what can you do if your VA disability claim is denied?

First, it’s important not to give up. The appeals process for a VA disability claim can be lengthy, but pursuing the benefits you deserve is worth it. Start by requesting a copy of the decision from the VA. This can assist you in understanding why your claim was denied and the evidence utilized to justify their judgment. 

You can file an appeal with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals once you have received the ruling (BVA). The BVA is a group of experts who review claims denied by the VA. They will examine your case to see whether the VA made the correct judgment in dismissing your claim. 

If you disagree with the BVA’s decision, you may file an appeal with the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. This is the highest level of VA disability appeal. Understanding that the appeals process can be lengthy, often lasting many years, is crucial. However, if you persevere, you may finally receive your deserved rewards.

How Do I Guarantee My VA Disability?

While there is no foolproof way to guarantee your VA disability claim’s approval, you can take steps to increase the likelihood of a successful outcome. For example, even if you have extensive video evidence and many witness statements, the VA could find a way to deny your claim.

But having a complete and well-documented file will give you the best chance for success. The VA looks at each claim on a case-by-case basis, so you may still be approved even if you don’t have all of the documentation listed below.

The first step is to make sure you are eligible for benefits. To qualify for VA disability payments, you must have served in the military and been honorably discharged. The VA will not handle your claim if you are not eligible. 

Gather as much proof as possible to back up your allegation. Medical records, doctor’s notes, and other material supporting your case are included. The more proof you have, the better. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of the documentation. The VA frequently requests additional information from your doctor or other sources. However, having as much evidence as possible when you first apply is always best.

Finally, make sure you complete the application process correctly. The VA has a lot of paperwork, and it can be confusing. Make sure you read all of the instructions carefully and fill out the forms completely. You can contact the VA directly for help if you have any questions.

By taking these steps, you can increase your chances of having your VA disability claim approved. However, even if you follow all of the steps correctly, there is no guarantee that your claim will be approved.

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