Medical Evidence In Veterans’ Disability Rating
This book is intended to help Veteran Service Organization representatives better pursue the complex medical and legal issues involved in establishing veteran disability rating. I also hope that this book will stimulate a discussion to bring the antiquated rating table into the 21st century.
Recent statistics show that the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) only approves 17% to 28% of cases. Fortunately, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims (CAVC) reverses the majority of the adverse BVA decisions. Between 1995-2006, the CAVC heard 18,000 cases in which veterans had been denied benefits at the BVA level. In almost 80% of the cases, the CAVC either reversed the BVA decision or remanded the case for re-adjudication. These statistics demonstrate the need for improved claim processing that will allow for correct rating at the initial review.
After representing more than 3,000 claimants before the Social Security Administration (SSA) and winning numerous appeals at the Federal Court, I have restricted my practice to the representation of veterans. I am passionate about defending veterans’ rights and firmly believe that my medical career gives me a great advantage in understanding and challenging faulty medical rating decisions. As an attorney admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, I am committed to understanding the very complex legal rules and decisions involved.