There are some instances where the Veterans Administration (VA) will require an applicant for disability benefits goes through a Compensation and Pension exam before making a decision on his or her claim. If you have been notified that you need to go through this exam, here is some information on what you can expect.
What Is a Compensation and Pension Exam?
The Compensation and Pension exam will typically take place in a doctor’s office so your disabilities can be thoroughly evaluated. It will probably be performed at your local VA clinic or hospital. The examining doctor will write a report and send it to the VA office where you submitted your benefits application.
One of the biggest things to remember about this exam is you need to be as truthful as possible regarding your disability. While you do not want to exaggerate your problem, you also do not want to diminish it. Tell the doctor exactly what type of impact your symptoms have had on your life, even though it might be uncomfortable for you to do so. Be as honest and forthcoming as you can and be as courteous as possible at all times.
Once the exam is complete, the doctor’s report to the VA will include information on the severity of your symptoms as well as your medical history. The report will also likely include the doctor’s opinion as to whether or not your disability is related to the time you spent in the military.
If you would like more information on the Compensation and Pension exam or if you have questions about any aspect of the VA disability benefits application process, get in touch with KBG Injury Law. Give us a call at 717-848-3838 or contact us online.