Veterans’ disability benefits claims are prone to denial when paperwork is lost or delayed in the shuffle of forms and documentation. These days of physical paper files are nearing an end as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces its complete transition to a digital case file environment.
As of December 2012, 18 VA claims offices went digital with the processing of newly received claims for veterans’ disability benefits. Tracking the status of a claim for a veteran suffering from disabling conditions connected to his or her military service is expected to become easier with the new Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS) these offices employed.
Digital Processing of Veterans Disability Benefits Claims
The VBMS system stores all documentation related to veterans’ disability benefits claims and contains them in “e-folders”. These folders can be transferred to other VA regional offices to help distribute the workload. The folders can also be easily populated with information from external sources.
The electronic claims processing system is being heralded as a key factor in eliminating the veterans disability benefits claim backlog by 2015. Veterans with disabling conditions who file a claim for benefits will soon all be registered with a digital file. The additional 38 regional offices will transition to the VBMS system before the end of 2013.
The Undersecretary for Benefits, Allison A. Hickey, believes the VBMS transition will not only improve claims processing times, but accuracy as well. “For our Veterans, VBMS will mean faster, higher-quality and more consistent decisions on claims. We recognize that too many Veterans are waiting too long to get the benefits they have earned, and that is unacceptable. This is a decades-old problem, and we are implementing a robust plan to address it,” says Hickey.
Technology Can’t Replace a Dedicated Veterans Disability Benefits Attorney
Even with improved claims filing and organization, a veterans disability benefits claim is only as accurate as the information you begin with. Upon an initial filing, if you do not have a complete record showing your disabling condition, diagnosis of its severity, and the connection to your military service, your claim may be delayed or denied.
Our veterans disability benefits attorneys at the Law Offices at Veterans Help Group are here to help you with your veterans disability claim whether it has gone paperless or not. Our office is already in the digital age with our custom EZClaim system which also creates an easily managed digital file for your important documents and evidence.
When disabling conditions due to military service are impacting your life, talk to professionals who know the details of disability benefits. Contact our firm today for help with initial veterans’ disability benefit claims or existing cases – 1-855-855-8992.