May 21, 2013
With each day that passes, more veterans return from service overseas in need of assistance with injuries and traumas sustained on the battlefield. But the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the government agency charged with distributing benefits to soldiers and veterans, is unable to keep up with the demand.
There are more than one million veterans currently awaiting benefits. An estimated 10,000 of those individuals are awaiting Alabama Veterans’ Disability Benefits.
This leaves many concerned citizens wondering why there are such a high number of unprocessed claims. Experts point to trends showing excessive wait times during the processing claims as the main contributing factor to the problem.
The average wait time for a claim to be processed in Alabama is just under a year, while the agency’s goal for processing all first-time claims is within 125 days. Some veterans have waited as long as 1,000 days for their claims to be processed.
According to Al.com, officials are hoping to solve the problem by granting conditional decisions on numerous claims, and bonuses have been eliminated for top VA officials this year.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers know what a complex process receiving veterans benefits can be. That’s why the firm suggests discussing your legal options with an attorney if you are considering filing a claim or you have been denied benefits in the past.