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Reasons to Use a VA Disability Chronology Service

When you are applying for VA disability, or you are representing someone who is, it’s important to build as strong a case as possible. While this is done in many ways, the most important part of the puzzle is often the medical chronology. Medical chronologies for VA disability are important because the VA uses the information to help understand things such as how a disability began, what treatments were administered and what the prognosis is.

VA Disability Chronology Services

If you are thinking that a document this important is something you could create yourself, you might want to think again. A thorough and complete medical history can be a time-consuming document that has to be right, or it can end up hurting your case. With that being said, here are some reasons to use a chronology service when you need a VA disability memo.

1) Good medical histories take a long time

To make a thorough and complete medical history takes a long time. It requires pouring over hundreds, if not thousands, of medical documents in order to get all of the necessary information. Meanwhile, the case might drag on for months and months, and all the while even more paperwork is being generated that you have to go through and add to the existing chronology. In other words, creating a successful chronology takes a lot of time — time that should be spent on other important things related to the case.

2) Good medical histories take up your attention

While medical chronologies are important, they aren’t the only thing that goes into making a successful disability case. While all your time is spend on the history, there are other parts of the case being neglected. By letting someone else do the heavy lifting on this, you can work on other aspects of the case (or even other matters entirely) that should not be neglected.

3) Good medical histories take a trained eye

Another important thing to remember when preparing a successful VA disability memo is that this is not something that just anyone can do well. Because a useful medical chronology requires pouring over so many documents, it takes a trained eye to be able to spot what information is necessary and what is not. Even though a chronology needs to be thorough, it also requires the ability to know what not to include. Knowing what to include and what not to include, and then knowing what to do with that information once you’ve found it is the hallmark of a trained medical chronology expert.

4) Good medical histories are vital for the disability hearing.

Because successful VA disability memos are a vital part of a VA disability hearing, it’s important to make sure your medical chronology is as good as it can get. This is not the time to try and cut a few corners. These records are used to provide objective evidence that your disability is a real condition that requires benefits and services in order to be manageable.Without this medical history, the case is as good as dead in the water.

How Important Council Briefs are to Your Disability Case

When your client’s application for Social Security Disability has been denied, it can be a very stressful time. If you want to pursue your case after being denied, you will need a Social Security Disability Appeal Brief if you want to move forward. It can be confusing and you may want to consult a summary service in order to write the best brief that you can. There are certain things you need to know about this document and why you need one.

Council Brief

Why you should use a summary service to write your Social Security Disability Appeal Brief:

– It will save you time and energy.

By working with a summary service, you will save time and energy. You are busy and it’s important to work the most efficiently that you can. You will be able to work off a prepared brief instead of needing to go through pages on your own. By using a service, you will also save energy. You can focus on other aspects of the case and devote your attention to the most important things.

– It will save you staff and money.

You will not need additional staff to help you go through information when you use a service. This will actually end up saving you money and allow you to use your resources in the most efficient ways possible.

What you should know about a Social Security Disability Appeal Brief:

– It is structured like a letter and is timing specific.

You need to submit the brief no more than three months after you file the request for review. The structure of the brief is also important. It needs to be structured as a letter and begin with “Dear Appeals Council Member.”

– The length is approximate.

It’s important to not make the brief either too long or too short. This should be about three or four pages. This amount of space should give you enough room to address all of the things that you need to in the letter.

– The heading is important.

The heading needs to have the name of your client, Social Security number and date of birth to make sure that it doesn’t get confused with anyone else’s case.

– The following information should be present in the letter:

Make sure to get all of the necessary information from your client. Your client should have received information from the Social Security Administration about what was used to determine the case. This should have the official decision as well as medical records. You need to be specific and cite certain exhibits and page numbers.

– Work closely with your client.

You will need to get all of the information you can from your client in order to write the best council brief. Don’t be worried about giving the summary service you’re working with too much information. It is our job to work through the information and pick out the most important. Our expertise in writing these documents will aide in your case and free up some of your time to focus on what you really need to.

– You will need to wait.

It can take some time for the Appeals Council to review your case. It can take anywhere between three and twelve months in order to hear back about your brief. Prepare your client for this wait as well and keep in contact with them about the status.

Social Security Disability Appeal Briefs are key to your case. By working with a summary service, you will be sure to have the best document in order to move forward. Contact us for more information.