Seven veterans from across the U.S. are filing a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) over a growing problem with obtaining medical records. The National Veterans Legal Services Program represents the veterans and filed the lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
According to the lawsuit, the veterans have been waiting for their records for anywhere from 10 months to over two years. Furthermore, the veterans allege that the delay in receiving the medical records has delayed the veterans receiving critical disability benefits.
Medical records are a critical part of a veteran’s disability claim. Without full records from the veteran’s disabling condition and ongoing treatment, the VA can deny his application. Veterans require these medical records in order to submit an initial application for benefits or to provide additional information and evidence of disability if the VA denies the initial application.
The lawsuit requests that the VA provide these veterans with their medical records within 20 days. The group filing the lawsuit claims that delays in obtaining medical records are a widespread occurrence and cause many veterans to become frustrated with the disability claims process and give up on obtaining the benefits to which they are entitled.
Even though the VA has been making improvements to its medical records systems, including utilizing electronic records for newer files, there are still many veterans awaiting critical records for their claim.
Veterans Help Group® is a disability advocacy group that helps disabled veterans obtain the medical records and service records necessary to file a fully-developed claim for veterans disability benefits. If you have not been able to obtain necessary records for filing a disability claim or appeal, contact us for assistance. Call today – 1-855-855-8992.