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In most cases you must prove the claim that you make. If you claim that you injured your knee in basic training but your medical records lack substantive support, you'll likely need the opinion of an expert who is experienced in disability medicine. The opinion may come in many forms, the IMO is the most common today. Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) are required and if you don't offer your DBQ completed by an expert of your choosing, VA will have one completed for you by their examiner at a C & P exam.
You may guess which will be more favorable to you.
Statements In Support Of Claims or Buddy Letters have little value unless they are very specific by a credible witness. A credible witness might be a battle buddy who was with you when you took mortar fire and you witnessed violent death up close and personal. Your mom, your spouse, your pastor and high school teachers who support you because you've always been a good citizen aren't credible witnesses. What's your spouse going to say? VA knows all about bias, even if it isn't outright.
You need an expert. If you submit a favorable IMO with your claim, you are much more likely to prevail with little or no fuss and no appeal! Go for it!
How To File A VA Claim
We are a DIY site.
You DO NOT need any sort of "VA rep", VSO or anyone else to help you.
If you need help with forms, ask a family member.
You are not allowed to use a lawyer unless you're appealing a denied claim.
Filing a disability benefits claim isn't difficult...you CAN DIY.
Take your time. Follow the instructions. Be brief, be precise.
You can file electronically or using mail and fax.
Things To Remember When Filing A Disability Claim
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Filing a VA disability claim is not hard to do. There is no mystery to it.
The VA is not out to get you but it is a badly broken machine and it doesn't function very well.
This means that the burden is on YOU to get your claim filed right the first time.
The goal is to avoid an appeal.
More on that as we go along.
We do not believe that you need a "rep" to help you. Most of those people aren't as
smart as you are and all they can do is to help you fill out some forms.
You can do that from your home computer...it just isn't that big of a deal.
Read on, do your homework, file your claim.
Treater, Disability Assessor, or Forensic Expert:
A Trap in Disability Claims
Although this article focuses on mental health disability claims, when you ask your doctor (rather than an independent expert) to help you with your disability claim paperwork, here are many of the reasons the doctor may object. This is a good example of why the VAWatchdog recommends an Independent Medical Opinion to support your claim or appeal.
Thinking of Filing a VA Disability Claim?
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The Wheel Just Keeps On Turning
We propose that veterans who are filing claims take charge of the process, avoiding the flawed C & P exam
report by having their own Independent Medical Opinion and DBQs completed by expert doctors who are
not employees of the VA. Although this brings about an expense the veteran must bear, we believe that
any out of pocket expense is an investment toward a faster claims resolution and is thus justified.