Top Reasons Your Claim Was Denied
What are the most common reasons that the VA denies veteran’s claims?
- Timing: There are due dates for everything with regards to the VA. If you’ve missed your deadline to file you claim will be denied.
- C&P Exams: C&P exams are mandatory. Thus, if you miss your exam your claim can be denied. If you were never informed about the exam or was simply unable to attend, contact the VA and explain the scenario.
- ‘No disability’: The VA will inform you if they have found that you do not have a diagnosis to support your claim. This is common with mental conditions, make sure you ask your physician to specify your diagnosis on your records.
- ‘Not service connected’: Unless the evidence is spelled out clearly the VA will likely miss it. Don’t assume it’s obviously connected. Make sure you’ve included evidence showing how and why your conditions is service connected.
- ‘Inadequate information provided’: If your denial shows this statement then, you need to likely add either more medical evidence or a buddy statement confirming your story. The VA is looking for more proof or details.
- ‘Pre-existing’ or ‘non-aggravated’ condition: If you have a pre-existing condition you need to be able to distinguish the condition pre-service to the aggravation in service. You need to try to get statements or medical evidence that shows the worsening because of the aggravation in service.
- Symptoms aren’t deemed severe enough: To get compensation for certain conditions there is a minimum severity requirement. You may get a denial if your symptoms are not severe enough. If you know that your symptoms are to the requisite severity level, make sure your statement and medical records describe the symptoms.
Sometimes the VA denies a claim in error. Other times, the veteran did not include the proper evidence. If you want to ensure everything required is included in your appeal, call us at (800) 953-6224. Bosley & Bratch has over 20 years of experience, let us help you get the compensation you deserve.