Every month, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports on the claims inventory and backlog statistical changes that occurred within the past 30 days. Below, you can see at a glance how these numbers changed since October’s report update in our November 2016 veterans disability benefits snapshot.
November 2016 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Inventory Status
The claims inventory report generated by the Veterans Benefits Administration for November shows both pension and compensation applications that are currently awaiting a determination decision from the VA. As of November 5, 2016, there were 386,118 claims belonging to this category. This uptick in claims inventory is pretty significant, comprising four times as many claims the VA managed to clear out during the same timeframe in October. Fluctuations up and down in claims inventory numbers from month-to-month is quite normal, but also gives applicants an idea of the demands currently placed on the VA regarding disability benefits.
- As of November 5, 2016: 378,468
- As of October 1, 2016: 378,468
- Difference: -2,220
- Daily churn: -111 claims
November 2016 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Backlog Status
Any claim still pending a determination decision from the VA longer than 125 days is counted under the backlog category. As of November 5th, there were 84,041 backlog claims awaiting a determination decision from the VA. As you can see, this is a large month-over-month increase in November 2016 veterans disability benefits claims listed under the backlog category compared to October’s report.
- As of November 5, 2016: 84,041
- As of October 1, 2016: 71,240
- Difference: +12,801
- Daily churn: +640.05 claims deleted from the backlog
While this big increase in backlogged claims may be disheartening to some, it’s important to remember that in 2013, more than 300,000 claims were sitting in the claims backlog. The November 2016 veterans disability benefits statistics report shows a 72% reduction in backlogged claims compared to 2013, which should be encouraging for disabled vets considering applying for benefits in the future.
Let An Experienced Attorney Help You
Before you file your own disability benefits claim with the VA, you may benefit from speaking with a VA-accredited attorney first. Attorneys with experience filing VA disability benefits claims understand exactly what paperwork needs to be included with your application, especially regarding medical evidence to support your case. Additionally, a disability advocate or attorney can communicate with the VA on your behalf regarding your case status or file an appeal if your initial determination decision isn’t favorable. In most cases, you’ll pay nothing now for professional help, as the majority of disability advocates work on a contingency basis. That means you’ll pay no legal fees whatsoever unless your claim’s eventually approved. To see if you may qualify for legal assistance today, click the button below to start your free veterans benefits evaluation.