Lay Evidence for VA Disability Claims
Does this phrase sound familiar? “There’s nothing in your records to support your claim.”
The VA denies claims all the time due to lack of evidence. Lay evidence for VA disability can be valuable evidence to prove various types of claims. This evidence is provided by a Veteran or someone close to them (i.e family or friend). Also referred to as lay statements or buddy statements, these documents can be valuable pieces of evidence to prove various types of claims.
Veterans can use lay evidence to describe an in-service event, injury, or illness that has caused the Veteran’s disability. Lay evidence can also be used to support a claim or appeal for an increased rating by detailing the Veteran’s symptoms, their severity, and progression over time.
That’s why applying for VA disability is so much more than just filling out forms. Lay evidence can provide a complete picture and tell the VA your side of the story accurately so that you get the benefits you truly deserve.