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Understanding "Confirmed and Continued" Decisions

Navigating the VA disability claim process can be complex, and understanding the various decisions issued by the VA is crucial for veterans seeking benefits. One such decision is the "confirmed and continued" status, which can be confusing and disheartening. This article aims to demystify this decision and provide guidance on what steps veterans can take next.


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What Does "Confirmed and Continued" Mean for Your VA Disability Claim?


A "confirmed and continued" decision occurs when the VA has reviewed additional evidence submitted by a veteran but finds that this information does not sufficiently alter the outcome of the original decision. This means that the evidence was not persuasive, was repetitive, or did not provide new insights into the veteran's condition at the time of the claim.

The Difference Between "Confirmed and Continued" and "Deferred" Decisions

It's important to distinguish between a "confirmed and continued" decision and a "deferred" decision. A "deferred" decision indicates that the VA requires more evidence to make a final determination on the claim. In contrast, a "confirmed and continued" decision signifies that while the VA has enough evidence to make a decision, the additional information provided did not warrant a change in the veteran's disability status.



Next Steps After Receiving a "Confirmed and Continued" Decision

If you're a veteran who has received a "confirmed and continued" decision, it's essential to know your options:

  1. Submit a Supplemental Claim: If you have new and relevant evidence that wasn't previously considered, you can file a Supplemental Claim.

  2. Request a Higher-Level Review: You can ask for your case to be reviewed by a more senior claims adjudicator. Note that new evidence cannot be submitted in this review.

  3. Appeal to the Board: You have the option to appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals for a fresh review of your case.

Tips for Submitting New and Relevant Evidence

To overturn a "confirmed and continued" decision, consider the following tips for submitting evidence:

  • Medical Reports: Provide updated medical reports that link your condition to service-related activities.

  • Buddy Statements: Collect statements from fellow service members or others who can corroborate your claim.

  • Private Medical Opinions: Seek out independent medical opinions to support your claim.


Conclusion

Receiving a "confirmed and continued" decision on a VA disability claim can be frustrating, but understanding what it means and the available options can help veterans take the next steps towards a favorable outcome. By gathering new and relevant evidence and utilizing the decision review options, veterans can strengthen their claims and potentially change their VA disability status. If you would like help with your VA disability claim, reach out to our intake team now to get started!


 

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This information is made available for educational purposes only. This information is not a substitute for legal or medical advice. United Veteran Benefits Agency makes no guarantee of the outcome on VA rating decisions.

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