Whenever you are receiving medical care in the context of a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claim, you must be intentional. Whether you are participating in a VA-sanctioned Compensation & Pension (C&P) exam or are receiving other medical services, it is important to protect yourself and put your claim (or appeal) in position to succeed.
If you have questions or concerns related to a VA disability claim, Comerford Law Office can help you. Our attorneys can guide you through medical appointments, help you get documentation, and complete your claim or appeal.
In the meantime, you can make the most of your medical appointments by:
Your medical appointments are the time to speak up. If you have an injury, illness, or other medical issue that you believe is service-connected, help your doctor help you by telling them about your problem. You should mention any medical issue that:
Ask for a diagnosis of these conditions, as the VA may be more likely to provide benefits for specific, diagnosed ailments rather than undiagnosed problems.
The VA does not always give veterans the benefit of the doubt. It may require a high standard of documentation before it is willing to grade your medical conditions accurately. Therefore, you must do everything in your power to get clear, documented answers from your doctors.
Some general tips to help you get useful information from medical professionals include:
Aside from your attorney, nobody will advocate for you to get the medical answers you deserve. Therefore, you must ensure that you press for thorough evaluation and accurate diagnoses during your doctors appointments.
The VA will use medical documentation to determine your disability rating. This rating will determine how much compensation you can receive for your disability. Therefore, it is critical that you get as much documentation of your medical conditions as possible.
Useful documentation may include:
When in doubt, get a copy of medical records and bills. An attorney from our firm can help you identify and collect all medical documentation that will be helpful to your claim or appeal.
Our attorneys can also help you get medical care for your service-connected ailments. Call Comerford Law Office today or provide your information online and our team will contact you.
Benefits received for Schizophrenia
Benefits received for depression
Military sexual trauma
TDIU due to a spinal impairment
PTSD as a result of racial abuse
Clear and unmistakable error for spinal impairment
Earlier effective date for back/migraines
Service connection for a spinal condition secondary to flat feet
Retroactive pay regarding the failure to account for all the veteran’s medical conditions
Military sexual trauma case
Retroactive pay regarding a PTSD misdiagnosis
PTSD resulting in Unemployability
Traumatic brain injury case
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Non-presumptive cardiac impairment linked to Agent Orange
Agent Orange exposure case that led to Parkison’s disease