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Reviewing The Evidence Of Record



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M21-1-4 Authorization Procedures

Reviewing the Evidence of Record

Introduction The claimant can present documentary evidence as well as oral testimony at the hearing or informal conference. After the hearing, review all the evidence of record. The hearing official has a duty to assist the claimant in obtaining evidence to support his/her claim.

New Issues If new issues separate from the decision in question are raised by the claimant at the hearing, refer the issue(s) to the appropriate VSC activity for development and decision. If the new issue can be resolved at the same time as the decision in question, resolve it. Note: Do not delay making a decision on the issue that was the subject of the hearing pending a decision on the new issue.

VA Examination Needed When VA examination is appropriate, and the claimant agrees to report for the exam, then request the examination.

Development of Evidence While testifying, a claimant may identify sources of information or evidence that can corroborate the claim. Do not make a final decision on the claim until development for that evidence has been completed. When there is an additional source of evidence that was not obtained (such as claimant saying he was treated by Dr. John Smith, and Dr. Smith's report is not in the file), attempt to obtain the evidence.

Types of Testimony Testimony is evidence presented in written or oral form. Written testimony may be in the form of affidavits, or certified statements. Oral testimony consists of evidence sworn under oath.

Examples of Testimony Testimony is evidence and may include statements relating to history symptoms etiology employment, and treatment.

Arguments An argument is defined in Black's Law Dictionary, Fifth Edition, as an effort to establish belief by a course of reasoning.

Example of Arguments Arguments are contentions inferences, or explanations offered by the claimant or representative as to why the evidence supports granting the benefit sought.

Credibility and Value of the Testimony Decision makers must analyze the credibility and value of the testimony presented by the claimant and others who testify in the claimant's behalf. Take care to distinguish between testimony and argument. Lay testimony concerning etiology or diagnosis of a medical condition is of no probative value since medical determinations can only be provided by a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge skill experience training, or education.

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