Soldiers Mired Down in Veterans Disability Appeals Process
February 3rd, 2015|
When soldiers or veterans are left unable to work because of medical conditions related to their service, they may be entitled to veterans disability benefits. But a majority of claims are initially denied, and this can leave veterans to wade through the veterans disability appeals process.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported last week that more than half of all veterans disability claims are reviewed numerous times before decisions are issued or other cases are evaluated. This process is leaving many veterans waiting years for decisions on their claims.
According to an article from the Washington Times, there are more than 300,000 veterans awaiting decisions on their appeals. The issue has prompted lawmakers and veteran advocates to call for changes to the system.
Some of the reforms being considered include hiring more claims processors and awarding incentives to employees with the highest accuracy rates. Still others have called for teleconferencing to be allowed for appeal hearings so as to reduce the need to coordinate schedules and transportation.
Until these changes are made, veterans will continue to struggle to get the benefits they’re owed. The most important thing for these individuals to know is that help is available.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, our team of Birmingham personal injury lawyers knows the countless difficulties a disabled veteran can encounter and we are hopeful changes are made soon to get these true American heroes the care they need in a timely manner.