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Domestic violence was a part of my family's life for years. When I made the decision to leave with my children, I had to rely on the law to provide the protection we needed. Sometimes, the system does not work as fast as we want. I soon learned that going at it alone without any guidance caused significant delays. I created this blog to help others who are seeking legal means to deal with an abusive ex. By making the right moves, it is possible to get the necessary protections in place so that you can also live a happier and healthier life.

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Pushing For A Better VA Appeal

by Gina Hill

Getting an appeal through the Veterans Affairs (VA) claim system isn't easy. There's a high burden of proof that needs to be shown with official paperwork, and any medical evidence needs to illuminate your problem in a way that the VA can understand for their decision. If you're missing critical pieces of evidence, have been rejected with the evidence you have, or aren't sure what you need to make your claim better, here's a bit of appeal system insight and ways that a professional can help your appeal succeed.

Push Through The VA's Fraud Prevention

There's a lot of time, money and resources that can be wasted on a fraud who gets approved. In addition to monetary compensation for life in many cases, a veteran awarded with a disability decision is entitled to VA in-system medical care as well as referrals to non-VA medical professionals. It isn't just a one-for-one loss of resources; there's no way to tell how many frauds are trying to get a bit of extra money, and the spectrum of fraud is pretty wide.

To get through the fraud filter, you need to prove that your injury or condition is service-connected. This means that you need to prove that your condition is related to military service and that your condition is still a problem. 

The wording "related to military service" covers a wide area of involvement. It doesn't matter if you were in combat on land, at sea, on patrol, on duty, off duty, in or out of uniform, or even on leave; if you were part of the military, any accident or event that causes disability is related to the military. Except for a few specific situations such as drunk driving and willful negligence that you were convicted of, if you were a part of the military at the time, your claim can be accepted.

Getting The Right Evidence

The problem is getting proof—and the potency of said proof. The easiest form of proof is going to a doctor and complaining about a problem, but it's not difficult for a medical staff friend to write something in your favor. It's better if you were treated during the military, including official examination documents such as X-Ray or MRI images. These issues are then confirmed by a VA compensation and pension (C&P) examination.

If you didn't bring the problem to anyone attention during your military service, you need to put in a claim as soon as possible, no matter the quality. The longer you wait, the easier it is to consider that the problem was caused by something in your civilian life. If you're reading this within a year, either log onto ebenefits.va.gov to file a claim with a description of your problem or visit a local VA office. You can appeal as much as you want, so a fast claim to put your problem in the system isn't a bad thing even if it's denied.

If you're not sure where to look for evidence, or don't know which medical professionals to consult, contact a personal injury attorney. An injury attorney can help you by arranging you with medical professionals who are familiar with claims systems. Although many doctors can help you recover, not all doctors know how to document information in an organized fashion for an injury claim.

The lawyer also has specific training in researching legal precedence, including claims that were similar to your own and researching your career to find evidence you may not have considered. Contact an attorney as soon as possible to enhance your claim or appeal.

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