So, you just received an appointment for a VA Compensation and Pension (C&P) Examination. Now what?
The C&P examination is one of the most important appointments a Veteran should keep when pursuing a claim before the VA. Although it is not the only factor in deciding a claim, this examination assists the VA in evaluating a Veteran’s condition as to the severity and whether the condition relates to military service.
Most Veterans both look forward to and dread these important examinations for several reasons. For starters, a C&P examination (or examinations, pending the number and type of disabilities claimed) can take some time to complete. A doctor will need to examine the Veteran for the conditions, which may include standard medical testing, providing lab specimens, answering specific personal questions, etc. Some evaluations may require Range of Motion (ROM) testing, repetitive testing, and recording of limitations, flare-ups, and impact of function (or lack thereof) regarding employment.
Upon receiving the notice of examination, it is very important that the Veteran attends on the date and time prescribed. As the Veteran is the only one who is notified of the examination, it is equally important to notify the Veteran’s representative or attorney of the upcoming appointment. The representative may want to discuss certain aspects of the examination prior to attending.