VA Stresses Fully Developed Claims for Veterans Disability at Workshop
If you’re a disabled veteran, you’ve probably done research or consulted resources regarding filing to receive veterans’ disability benefits. In your research, you’ve probably found that the process can be lengthy.
But the VA is taking steps it hopes will reduce the veterans’ disability claims backlog. On July 31st it held a workshop for 10 national Veterans Service Organizations to share with them new methods it hopes will achieve that goal.
The VA is stressing the importance of Fully Developed Claims (FDC) as a means to reduce the processing time required to obtain a disability rating and benefit determination. To be considered “fully developed” a claim should include private and federal medical treatment records, as well as all other supporting evidence.
When this information is submitted all at once, it may cut processing times dramatically. In fact, the VA notes that claims submitted through the traditional method take an average of 254 days to decide, while claims submitted through the FDC method take an average of 110 days.
The number of FDC claims being submitted nationwide is a small 3%. The VA hopes that by helping Veterans Service Organizations learn how to help disabled veterans improve their claims, this rate can be increased. Veterans Service Organizations are just one of the many resources to which a disabled veteran may turn for assistance when seeking veterans’ disability benefits.
A veterans’ disability representative is one of the strongest resources a disabled veteran has when seeking a disability rating for benefits. If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Floridadisability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits consult our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.