Physician Reports and Evidence to Support Your Claim
As part of the claims process, you must provide physician reports and evidence. The following information will guide you in collecting the reports and evidence you will need to complete your claim. Please pay special attention to the instructions for medial professionals because some of the forms will need to be filled out by your doctor and you cannot fill them out yourself.
- Physician Reports click here.
- Click here for information about the medical examination you will need to complete to accompany your claim.
- Click here for a document outlines the information that your doctor should include in his/her physician report. It may be helpful to give a copy of this document to your doctor, so that your doctor can make sure that he/she includes all of the important information needed to help you win your claim.
- Evidence to support your claim click here.
As part of your VA Disability benefits claim, you have to provide evidence to show that something happened to you in the service that caused or aggravated the disability that is currently bothering you. You have to include both evidence that the disease or injury was caused or aggravated in the line of duty AND that the disease or injury has been persistent or recurrent.
Evidence of the cause of the disease or injury should include both medical and “lay” evidence (Lay evidence means the reports, opinions, memories, or other documentation from non-medical people, including the veteran). Look at the following documents to make sure that the letters you include in your claim have all of the important information that you need for a successful claim:
- For "lay evidence"click here.
- For medical evidence click here.
- Click here for more information on evidence requirements.
In addition to a medical professional’s letter as evidence to support your claim, you can also have a medical professional fill out a Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ). DBQs are not required for a Standard Claim, but they are required for Fully Developed Claims. Even though DBQs are not required for Standard Claims, we recommend that your health care provider fill one out in addition to the health care provider’s letter. The DBQ does not replace the letter, but it may strengthen your claim. DBQs are downloadable forms that are used in the evaluation process for disability benefits. The forms are designed to give veterans more control over the claims process. DBQs give veterans the option of visiting a primary care provider in their community, instead of completing an evaluation at a VA facility. The veteran will have to pay to see the primary care provider. The forms use check boxes and standardized language, so that the disability rating can be made more quickly and accurately.
- If you have any questions about the claims process, use the VA’s Inquiry Routing and Information System (IRIS). On the site, you can enter your question and your contact information and you should get a response within 5 business days: https://iris.custhelp.com/app/ask