Fully Developed Claim – Receiving More Veterans Benefits In Less Time

According to an article at Military Times, there is now a way for veterans to speed up the receipt of disability compensation benefits while also potentially increasing the amount of compensation received.  U.S. veterans seeking compensation for service connected disabilities who are filing initial claims can potentially receive extra benefits for using the Department of Veterans Affairs fully developed claims process.   According to this article, beginning in August 2013 and extending through August 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs will offer a check for up to a year’s worth of additional disability benefits to veterans who file a “fully developed” claim and end up being approved.  A fully developed claim involves the veteran gathering all information needed for the claim (medical records, service records, buddy statements, and other documents) and submitting it to the VA.  There is additional information on the VA’s website about how to go about filing a fully developed claim.

What Should I Consider When Deciding Whether to File A Fully Developed Claim?

One of the reasons that the VA pushes filing fully developed claims is that you will receive a quicker decision on your claim.  However, a veteran may have to weigh the possibility of receiving a quicker decision against the possibility that the decision may not be the correct one.  Part of the fully developed claims process is a certification that the veteran has submitted or made the VA aware of all evidence that supports the veteran’s claim for benefits.  If the VA makes a decision that is not correct, then the veteran will need to file an appeal of the decision.  The delays from an appeal will likely outweigh any benefit in speed that was potentially gained by the fully developed claim process.

Of course, it is also important for a veteran to consider the additional one year of disability benefits that may be available by filing an initial claim through the fully developed claim process.  This may make it worthwhile to file a fully developed claim.

Question About Fully Developed Claims

If you would like assistance filing a claim for disability compensation, Perkins Studdard provides help filing initial applications for veterans benefits for free.  You can read more about this in this article.  Also, if you want to talk to one of our attorneys about filing an initial application for free or to get any of your other questions about veterans benefits answered, simply complete the “Need Help” form at the right or call the phone number at the upper right of this page.

Travis Studdard is an attorney who focuses on representing veterans in VA disability compensation claims.  He regularly writes about issues that are important to veterans and their families.

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I saw Travis on some YouTube videos. It was the way he worded things, I just felt compelled to contact them about my situation, he seemed trustworthy. Travis told me he thought he could help me. I was hesitant, but proceeded. The claim process was long, but my claim was granted. They are organized and punctual. Jessica and Travis are a strong team. I feel the Lord led me to Perkins & Studdard. I consider Travis an advocate and friend. ThanksCorby Reese
It has been a pleasure working with Jason and firm, very knowledgeable and professional, He did awesome job to get settlement that I need for my workmen comp case which was fair in my case, cause the insurance company was trying low ball me and not give me nothing but Jason fix that ….I truly recommend Perkins&studdard any workmen comp case that you have and also want thank Tina also for helping me along this process Thank you Perkins&studdardjahbari swint
Thank you Jason and Tina for everything you've done. Much appreciated. Great law firm! Great results!! Thank you!!! (Austin and Valerie)Valerie Mellinger
Travis and the team working on my VA claim are awesome. I’m happy with their integrity and diligence on working on my claim.Chris “Greybeard” Mullennix
I can't express enough how great it was to work with Perkins Studdard. They are extremely knowledgeable, professional and keep you aware of everything happening with your case. Very friendly from the front office to Mr. Perkins. I would HIGHLY recommend Perkins Studdard!James Strickland
I recommend Travis for an Veteran that has been dealing with constant denial with claims. He also , cover cost for my nexus letter when I ran into financial troubles , that helped me win my case.edwin Cook
I highly recommend Travis Studdard to represent anyone looking to help with VA claims. The VA is very difficult to deal with when attempting to get benefits from service connected injuries, at least that's my experience. Travis and his team knows the VA system and the legal procedures to help you get what you deserve. Travis was kind and passionate with me throughout this process and therefore, I highly recommend this law firm to represent DAV's.Terry Hembree
Such an awesome team. They spoke to me like a person and helped me through every decision with knowledge.Kevin Collett
Highly recommend this firm. Did exactly what they said they were going to and fairly timely. The VA is sometimes extremely difficult to navigate but this took all the leg work away from me and got me the result I thought was fair.Andrew Boone
Amazing staff, very informed along with excellent communication. Within just a few weeks of work, Mr Studdard was able to make things happen that normally take years! Highly recommendJacob Sylvester

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