Dec. 28, 2012
The government processed more than one million veterans’ disability claims last year, but there are still a large number of veterans who have not received care due to a massive backlog in the processing system.
NPR News reported that at the beginning of 2012, the average length of time it took to process a veteran’s claim was 188 days. That wait time now stands at a total of 262 days. More than 863,000 individuals are still awaiting decisions on the status of their Veterans Disability Benefits claim with more than one million additional claims being filed each year.
To combat the problem, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is working to implement policy changes aimed at streamlining certain systems. One such modification altered the qualification standards for certain conditions like traumatic brain injuries, thus making it easier to offer injured veterans their benefits. Other steps to expedite the claims process included switching to an electronic paperwork system. This makes organizing and sharing information much easier and efficient for VA employees and veterans.
The Colorado Springs Personal Injury Lawyers with McDivitt Law Firm recognize that time is of the essence when filing a claim for veterans disability benefits and suggest discussing your case with a qualified attorney if you are preparing to file a claim for benefits or have had a claim denied in the past.