Waiting for Disability Claim Approval? VA Secretary Says Backlog Reduction is Progressing
For the past several years the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has seen a dramatic increase in veterans’ disability benefit claims and in turn has fallen into a backlog of pending claims. Since 2009, the number of processed claims has fallen lower than the number of new claims submitted, resulting in thousands of claims going months without a decision.
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki praised the efforts of his department in developing and implementing new technology to help clean up the long pending cases and help process the nearly 1.3 million new claims that came in 2011. Among these advances include the transition to a new Veterans Benefit Management System, a more paperless effort to process claims.
Automated and electronic systems have also been helping the G.I. Bill benefit systems that handle school grants for veterans. The automation process helped increase application processing and reduces errors for thousands of new veteran students.
Secretary Shinseki also cited the VA’s efforts to improve the relationship between the department and the veterans. Better information communication, such as benefit application material checklists and resources for veterans to obtain records more quickly, have helped improve the quality of first-time applications.
Even with the VA’s improvements many veterans still find themselves waiting months in a queue for an initial decision on their claim. Simple errors or omissions in your initial application can result in an immediate denial of benefits, leaving you to fight a denial that should never have happened. By working with a veterans disability representative you can potentially avoid some of these first-time mistakes and avoid the appeals process.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.