Surviving The VA Claims Process During Hardship
Not all veterans are lucky enough to receive quick, efficient injury compensation benefits after leaving the military. For many, the claims process can be years of appeals and fact-finding that may be as difficult as a full time job--a task that can be daunting while working or suffering from an extremely potent problem. If you're nervous about your situation getting worse or knowing what to do if you're unable to work during the claims process, a few traits of the VA system and ways you could get more help could help you feel better about the process.
You May Already Qualify For Some Benefits
For many veterans, the ultimate goal of the VA claim system is an injury compensation benefits and medical benefits. The medical benefits are especially important for staving off the costs of expensive medical care and complex procedures, but there are some benefits that you don't require a full disability rating.
The VA medical benefits package is actually a tiered system that includes disability and other levels of conditions. There are many different qualification points, such as having an honorable discharge for basic clinic assistance or being a veteran who has been out of the military for less than two years. Although the VA's eligibility page covers a few different circumstances, there are individual circumstances that may allow you to get some medical assistance.
Although it doesn't solve the uncertainty of continuing a life with injuries (and a lack of compensation), qualifying veterans can visit VA clinics and hospitals. Although some VA facilities experience long wait times that have caught national attention, your local facility may be better about appointments and walk-in assistance.
If you have an appointment for specific injury claim issues, don't limit your visit to the claim itself. The conditions on your claim are the most important, but don't hesitate to bring up every single medical problem you may have.
The medical professional examining doesn't have to handle all of the problems there; by being polite and working will with the professional, you could be able to get a referral for your other issues at a civilian location at no cost to you. Prescription-strength medication can be given with the proper examination and sent to your home location for no cost as well.
A Lawyer Can Speed Up The Process
If you've waited too long and feel ignored, you may need a personal injury lawyer on your side. It's unfortunate, but there are some localized VA facilities that may have poor organization habits that could delay your claim.
A personal injury lawyer can rekindle the fires of examination by putting heavier pressure on your claim. If your claim is missing information or could be stronger by including more exact medical results, the lawyer can consult a team of medical professionals who can cater their examinations to the VA claim process.
If you're worried about legal fees, worry no more; fees for legal assistance with VA claims may not exceed 20% of a veteran's past-due benefits. Past-due benefits cover the amount of money that should have been paid at the end of your military career. To discuss the financial aspects and to plan a strategy for a success, contact a personal injury lawyer (such as one from the Law Office of Leslie S. Shaw).