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VA Evidence Gathering

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Max Rommel

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To support my disability claims, I have submitted medical reports (e.g., biopsies, xrays, etc.) to the VA using their online systems. I've often wondered though, does the VA ever go directly to your doctor for information, rather that get it from the vet? Just curious.

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22 minutes ago, Max Rommel said:

I've often wondered though, does the VA ever go directly to your doctor for information, rather that get it from the vet?

Yes, typically the VA will have you the veteran to fill out VA Form 21-4142 or VA Form 21-4142a. If I am wrong on the forms someone will chime in and correct me. Unfortunately, the VA looks at veterans as liars and we can't tell the truth and not be trusted. You will need medical documentation to support your claim. 

VA Form 21-4142

VA Form 21-4142a

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Yes the VA raters will send you the Release of Information consent form for you to list the private doctor/s treating and diagnosing you and you sign and return the form so VA can contact and request the private medical records from them/him or her.

They did this when I filed a claim for Nam Agent Orange Heart disease and even tho I sent all of his medical records (copies) with my claim to VARO.  The heart surgeon sent them the same info that I included with my claim.

I also signed another Release of Info consent form and gave it personally to my heart doctor in order to save time.  Everything worked out smoothly. 

If the private physician does not respond to the request then the raters will after a reasonable time period proceed with adjudicating your claim relying on whatever evidence you submitted.

My comment is not legal advice as I am not a lawyer, paralegal or VSO

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