Filing for disability is a long and difficult process. This is true regardless of the type of disability you are filing for, and VA disability is no exception. Because it’s necessary to prove that the current extent of your disability is the result of your service, you have to be able to show evidence to that effect. While most people think that this means you just have to talk to one or two people and get some sort of statement, the truth is it takes a lot of time and effort to compile the information, and if you don’t get the right information or submit it incorrectly, it can delay approval for your benefits. To avoid this, you should get a professionally prepared medical chronology when filing for VA disability.
What is a Medical Chronology?
A medical chronology, or medical summary, is a prepared record of all relevant medical information that relates to your specific case. To get this record, the medical summarizer consults with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. At the same time, he or she looks at all of your medical records, including hospital visits, surgeries, follow ups, lab results, doctor’s notes, etc. The summarizer then takes this information and writes a thorough, well-organized, well-documented summary of any and all important medical information that pertains to your case. This medical chronology is then used by your VA disability attorney to help prove the cause (or causes) of your disability, which helps secure you your benefits.
Why Should You Hire a Medical Summarizer?
You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Can’t I just do this on my own?” While the answer is yes, you need to consider whether or not you would really want to. To put this information together, it takes a lot of work, including many visits to various facilities, conversations with doctors to provide clarity and fill in any missing gaps and tracking down any and all hard-to-find records. That’s a LOT of work. If you are dealing with a disability, chances are you don’t have the time or energy to do a complete job. And if this isn’t done well, it only hurts your application. Why not save yourself this energy? In the long run, it only makes sense to do what you need to do to help you get your benefits sooner, rather than later.
If you would like to know more about medical chronologies in VA disability cases, and how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.