So you’ve filed your disability claim, and are waiting for the ball to get rolling. One of the most important aspects of the disability claims process is VA’s Compensation & Pension examination (C&P exam).
While it may seem unnecessary and repetitive, receiving a notice for the C&P exam is actually a good sign. Typically you will receive a letter in the mail from your local VA medical facility notifying you of the scheduled time and location for your appointment. The letter may also contain any preliminary forms the exam requires. Receiving notice of a C&P exam is a sign that your claim is being worked by your regional office, as the US Department of Veterans Affairs is asking you to complete this step in the information gathering stage. During the exam, the medical professional will be evaluating your claimed disability; in fact, you may be scheduled for multiple appointments if you filed claims for different disabilities.
It’s very important to attend C&P exams because the results carry a lot of weight in the review of your claim. Not attending the exam could lead to a denial of your claim, as the rater or Decision Review Officer may not have the necessary medical information. Additionally, rescheduling the appointment may not be an option unless requested far in advance, and if you have to reschedule, it further delays your claim. If you have new medical information or documentation, be sure to bring it with you. Showing up to your appointment on time and being as open and honest as you can be about your disabilities are good rules of thumb when it comes to C&P exams.
Once the examiner has completed the medical evaluation, the appointment is complete. This is not the type of visit where you will be given prescriptions, follow-ups, or referrals. Once the appointment is over, the examiner sends their report and any pertinent test results, to your Regional Office. Keep in mind that if you would like to see any of those test results, you can obtain them from the VA.
As you navigate through the process of filing for veterans disability benefits, you may find legal counsel necessary, especially if your claim is denied and you need to file an appeal. For a free evaluation of your case, contact us at Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick. With many years of experience representing veterans around the U.S., we have the experience to argue your case and help you receive the benefits you deserve.
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