February 19th, 2018| At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California veterans disability benefits attorneys help many people who served their country get the benefits they’re entitled to. We have years of experience fighting for the rights of injured veterans, and we know that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has strict guidelines for issuing and awarding benefits. Even small, minor mistakes can put applications in jeopardy. When people are denied the benefits they earned during their military service, they may feel like giving up. But it’s important for all veterans to remember that they’re still entitled to benefits, and we’re here to help guide them through the application process. You can increase your chances of being approved by avoiding some common mistakes that veterans make when they apply for benefits. Those include:
- Downplaying symptoms – Many military veterans are reluctant to list all of the ways that their service-related injuries and illnesses affect them. But being honest and comprehensive when it comes to describing symptoms is essential, as downplaying symptoms can make the VA assume that you’re in better health than you actually are.
- Waiting too long to get help – It’s important to begin working on your application as soon as your injuries or illnesses begin affecting you. Evidence can quickly disappear, and it may be more difficult to link your illness or injury to your service. An attorney is ready to help you obtain evidence that confirms the origin of your health problems.