The Importance of Medical Records

After applying for VA disability, there are many things the veteran must do. It can be easy not to stay on top of everything that must be done in the heat of the moment and while the claim is pending. One of the most important things to do is remember the necessary steps that will enable you to prove your claim. While many individuals seek medical treatment for their disability, they do not always follow up with the treatment plan or take their medications, attend follow up visits, or get enough records. Veterans often forget to keep adequate records, as well. Adequate records are crucial to a successful claim. It is also important to keep accurate medical records as you go along because it will be much more difficult to obtain medical records after time has passed, right before VA makes a decision. In many cases, the veteran will see emergency room doctors, follow up physicians, therapists, and other medical personnel. Accurate record keeping is crucial as the number of appointments, visits, and length of treatments will likely be an issue if your case goes to appeal. It is important to keep all of the records in a safe place as you go along so this information is readily accessible.

In any type of legal action, proof is necessary as a claim will go nowhere without it. In VA disability actions, the veteran must create the evidence to support their claim. Medical records are often submitted as proof that the veteran suffered the disability they are alleging. The more accurate your records are, the more likely it is to prove your claim, maximizing your probability for recovery of benefits. Evidence of your disability is one of the most important factors in a successful VA claim.

Medical records also serve as documentation. Your medical records typically include a description of your disability, a treatment plan, a summary of any pain you describe, and any other medical treatment. This documentation provides a more detailed insight than what is provided during an occasional emergency room visit. This information is helpful as it usually portrays consistency between statements and what you are applying for in your case. To learn more how we can help you with your medical records schedule an appointment with the Vet Defender. To set an appointment click this link to schedule: Schedule an Appointment.