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Preparing for a VA Compensation and Pension Exam

Many veterans seeking compensation and pension benefits must attend a medical examination before the decision on their claim is finalized. Though C&P exams are individualized based on the claimant’s condition and the benefits sought, there are several things that you should know if you’ve been asked to come in for such an evaluation.

Not everyone looking to collect disability or pension compensation is required to undergo a C&P exam. In some instances, the Department of Veterans Affairs will be able to make a determination based on documentary evidence. Other times, a claimant who is suffering from more than one significant medical condition could be made to attend separate examinations to evaluate each problem separately. No matter what your situation entails, here are some tips that will help you prepare for the exam:

  • Process — It’s important to remember that the doctor conducting the examination is not the decision maker. He or she simply evaluates your condition and drafts a report that will be added to your file. The length of the exam varies based on what medical issues form the basis of your claim. Mental health evaluations typically take longer than reviews of physical ailments.
  • Medical records — You likely have already submitted medical records to support your claim, but if you have additional documents, they can be brought to the appointment.
  • Disability rating — Several steps must be completed after the C&P exam before a disability rating decision is finalized, including review of the evidence and approval by the claims processor.

A C&P exam is not a substitute for medical treatment for a physical or mental concern. The examiner is not there to heal you or to prescribe medication to alleviate your condition. Rather, the purpose of the C&P exam is to answer questions or resolve inconsistencies that the claims processor has identified. A lawyer with experience representing veterans in disability and pension actions before the VA can help you understand what the examiner might be looking for.

The dedicated attorneys at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban handle VA disability compensation matters and other cases on behalf of veterans looking to collect the benefits they are owed. To schedule a free consultation, please call 866-866-VETS or contact us online.

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