One year ago in 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs removed Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQ’s) from it’s public websites in a move that they claimed would benefit veterans. It was a bold move followed by much public outcry from Veterans Disability Advocates and the Veteran Community at large. As of March 2021, DBQ’s were once again made available for the public to download from the Veteran Benefits website.
Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQ’s) are standardized forms used by clinicians performing disability examinations (also known as Compensation & Pension exams, or C&P exams). A disability examination must usually be completed by a physician along with the completion of a DBQ before the VA will pay veteran disability benefits on a VA Claim.
Disability Benefits Questionnaires are considered evidence.
DBQ’s (Disability Benefits Questionnaires) should be filled out and completed by your private health care provider. Treating physicians are the best qualified medical professionals to fill out a DBQ. Treating physicians have first hand knowledge about your particular conditions and disabilities. Most importantly they have reviewed your VA Claims file and are familiar with you and your specific set of circumstances as they relate to your Claim for Disability Benefits.
Your private health care provider will fill out and complete Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQ’s) for each disability and condition claimed in your VA Claim for Disability Benefits. This is done so that persons reviewing the evidence for your claim can easily see your particular set of conditions and the circumstances surrounding them through the eyes of a medical professional such as your private physician or doctor. Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQ’s) are treated as evidence for your VA Claim for Disability Benefits and are an extremely important and necessary component of your claim file. The better your evidence, the smoother your disability benefits claim process with the VA will be. This cannot be stressed enough.