Avoid These Common Veterans Disability Benefits Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | August 7th, 2018

When you develop a disability while serving your country, you expect to be taken care of until you recover or for the rest of your life if your disability is permanent.

But the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doesn’t make it easy for veterans to get the benefits they’re supposed to be entitled to receive as part of their military service.

In addition to a huge backlog that creates wait lists that can last for months or even years, the VA also heavily scrutinizes the claims it receives, and it’s not uncommon for seriously injured and profoundly disabled veterans to see their claims denied.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville veterans disability benefits lawyers have helped many veterans like you, and we know that many claims are denied due to a few common mistakes, including:

  • Lying about your injuries or illnesses—Always be honest and upfront about your health when applying for veterans disability benefits. Don’t exaggerate your symptoms, but don’t downplay them, either. If your health status on your application doesn’t match up with what your doctor or the VA’s doctor finds, it could jeopardize your claim.
  • Waiting too long to file a claim or get assistance—Because of the VA’s backlog of claims, it’s important to file your claim with the help of an attorney as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the longer it will take for you to get the money you deserve. In addition, the VA may be more suspicious of your claim when it reviews your case.

Let us handle the veterans disability benefits application and appeals process on your behalf while you focus on getting better. Call us today for a free consultation.