Hopefully your relationship with your primary care physician is supportive, mutually respectful, and healing. Any veteran facing service-connected disabilities needs regular access to a compassionate physician he respects and trusts.
As a Texas veteran in the VA disability claims process, your doctor will:
- Diagnose, treat, and monitor your disabilities.
- Provide the agency with the kind of medical documentation necessary to successfully obtain a disability rating sufficient for the benefits you need.
- Perform necessary follow-up examinations and tests if you enter into the VA appeals process.
- Provide the VA with evidence on the continuing impact of your service-connected injuries in case you are contesting a ratings reduction.
Some things your doctor can’t do—and shouldn’t try—is:
- Explain to you how the VA’s decision process works.
- Tell you what your disability rating should be.
- Predict the outcome of your case.
- Predict when you will hear back from the VA.
- Give you advice on how to proceed in dealing with the VA.
Your doctor is an advocate for your health, but does not have a say in the decision-making or timing of the VA decision process.
Think of it this way – just as the Decision Review Officer handling your case shouldn’t attempt to diagnose and treat your condition, your doctor shouldn’t attempt to manage or make predictions about your case with the VA.
If you have questions or need help dealing with a VA disability benefits appeal, contact an experienced Dallas veterans’ disability lawyer. Call Morgan & Weisbrod today at 800-800-6353to schedule a free case review.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.