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VA lay statements are probably the most underrated and undervalued pieces of evidence by veterans seeking disability benefits. Most veterans that apply for disability benefits do not submit a lay statement in support of their claim when they file for a disability. This in my opinion is not the right way to go.
Your rating is determined by your symptoms which is subjective evidence, not objective. It’s how you experience the disability, what it does to your life, the frequency of the pain, how it causes loss of function, these are all things that you as the veteran experiencing the disability can attest to. You don’t have to be a doctor to know how a disability negatively affects your life.
In some cases, subjective evidence can prove service connection of a disability. You know that you experienced symptoms the whole time it’s just not in your medical record so write it on a statement.
At Vet Comp and Pen medical consulting we know the value of lay statements, we see how it positively affects veterans all the time. We know that if a veteran is service-connected for a condition their rating depends usually on the symptoms documented on a lay statement. The trick is understanding the power of it and understanding the limitations of it.
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