The Importance of a Nexus Letter in VA Disability Claims

The process of filing for and receiving disability compensation from the VA for a service-related disability is a process that is often more difficult than it should be – especially when you take the VA’s “duty to assist” into consideration. Veterans often have trouble proving that their disability was related to service and that they should be granted disability benefits. One key component to ensuring that the VA understands how your disability is connected to service is by submitting a nexus letter.

What is a Nexus Letter?

To understand what a nexus letter is, you must first understand the term “nexus.” A nexus refers to a connection or link between two things. When you apply this to a VA disability claim, a nexus letter is a document that links a current disability that a Veteran has to their service. By showing the VA that a disability was “at least as likely as not” caused by a service related incident, a Veteran can prove one of the three main elements in proving a disability is service-connected.

Why is a Nexus Letter important?

When applying for VA disability compensation, a Veteran must prove three elements prior to being granted a rating decision. They must prove:

  1. They have a disability with a current diagnosis
  2. A disability was caused or aggravated by an event that occurred in-service
  3. The current disability is linked to the in-service event

With this in mind, for any disability claim to be considered, a Veteran must prove that the disability was linked to an in-service event. A nexus letter can help prove that the current disability was linked to service. Although a nexus letter is not required by the VA, it’s effects can be vital in receiving disability compensation. But, how do you receive a nexus letter?

Who Writes a Nexus Letter?

A nexus letter is typically written by a doctor or medical professional who can give evidence to the VA that your disability was “at least as likely as not” caused by your service. The medical professional writing the nexus does not have to specifically be from the VA, or even your personal doctor. The individual writing the nexus letter just needs to be a medical professional who can prove that your injury was linked to service. In fact, we often recommend our clients to see a private medical professional when filing claims. With this in mind, however, a doctor who has treated you or diagnosed you typically has a good understanding of your symptoms and can often provide a nexus letter that proves the disability was service-connected.

VA Appeals Attorneys

Berry Law’s team of VA disability appeals lawyers are dedicated to helping Veterans receive the compensation from the VA that they are entitled to. We have helped thousands of Veterans appeal their VA ratings and increase their monthly benefits. Our team has experience in claims involving a medical nexus, and we have provided many Veterans the needed guidance in obtaining a nexus letter that will help prove their claim. If you or somebody you know is struggling in receiving the VA disability compensation from the VA that they are entitled to, contact Berry Law Firm to appeal your decision today.