The VA recently added a claim tracking feature that allows veterans to check the status of their VA compensation claim online. The new feature has simplified the process of monitoring one’s claim, which should provide veterans with more peace of mind.
The Five Steps in the Claims Process
The VA reduced the process from claim filing to decision from eight steps to five steps Those steps are:
- Claim received;
- Initial review;
- Evidence gathering, review, and decision;
- Preparation for a decision; and
You can check your claim status by visiting Vets.gov. This is the fastest and easiest way to check the status of your claim.
You can also check your claim’s status by calling the VA’s national toll-free phone number at 1-800-827-1000 or visiting your regional VA office.
Educate Yourself While Awaiting Your Decision
The claim process can be stressful, so you may want to educate yourself about VA compensation while you await your decision. Understanding your options may make it easier to be patient while waiting for the VA to process your claim.
First, understand your right to appeal any decision by the VA for any reason. You may wish to appeal a decision on your claim in order to receive an increased rating or to get an earlier effective date. If the VA denies your claim for service connection, you can also appeal that decision.
Second, after you’ve been granted benefits, you can file a new claim at any time if your symptoms worsen, or if you have another disability that you believe is connected to military service. Some conditions may takes years to develop, but were initially caused by your military service. You can also receive compensation for disabilities that develop as secondary to your service-connected disabilities. For example, if you have a service-connected knee injury that affects your gait, it may later cause back problems. If that were to happen, your back injury may qualify for secondary service-connection.
Finally, be aware that you can seek help if you need to appeal your case. An experienced veterans attorney can help you appeal your case. The appeals process can be lengthy and sometimes complicated, so talking to someone who has been there before can help put you at ease.
For help with your appeal, talk to the veterans law practitioners at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick. Our veterans lawyers have helped thousands of veterans with their VA appeals, and we can help you, too. Contact us for a no-cost consultation.