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Many veterans are wrongly denied the disability benefits that they truly deserve. To be successful with a VA disability appeal, you need to refute the reason for the denial directly. In our opinion, the best way to win an appeal is by developing medical evidence that directly addresses the reason for the denial. It also helps to have legal representation to make an additional legal argument.
For a direct claim, if you were denied because there were no chronic disabilities shown in your service records or any medical evidence, you need to show that you continued to have symptoms even if you didn’t seek treatment. The evidence needs to link to the symptoms you had in service.
If you were denied for no evidence for a secondary claim, you would benefit from asking your doctor for a nexus statement. You can also seek a medical consulting service to provide an independent medical opinion to show that your secondary condition is linked to your primary service-connected disability.