The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is facing heavy scrutiny from lawmakers, citizens, and veterans for its failure to process claims for Veterans Disability benefits in a timely manner. The agency has a goal of processing claims within 125 days of being filed. However, records indicate the average time for a Connecticut Veterans’ Disability Benefits Claim to be processed is 213 days.
The bottleneck in the processing of claims has led to a massive pileup of claims awaiting a decision. Currently, there are nearly 800,000 claims for benefits that have not been processed, of which roughly 523,000 were filed more than 125 day ago.
According to the Norwich Bulletin, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is making an effort to create a more efficient system for processing these claims by proposing a three-step plan of reforms for the VA to consider. Murphy explains the most vital change is the merging of the VA’s records with the Department of Defense’s records. Doing so could significantly reduce the time it takes to gather important information about a particular veteran’s case.
The agency has responded to the problem by forcing employees to work extended hours and moving away from a paper-based processing system.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Attorneys with Carter Mario Injury Lawyers are aware of how complex the Veterans Disability application process can be. The firm suggests discussing your legal options with an attorney if you are considering applying for such benefits.