In an ideal world, you would be able to file a claim for your disability benefits and receive them in a reasonable time frame. But that is not always the case. It’s frustrating to undergo such a challenging process in order to receive benefits that you are entitled to.
Unfortunately, millions of veterans find themselves in this situation. If you are a military veteran struggling to receive the benefits you deserve, speak with a Chicago VA lawyer from the Comerford Law Office.
The rating system is one of the most complex aspects of the VA disability claim process. The VA will assign a rating to your disability during the claim process. This rating will be used to determine the severity of your condition and your ability to work.
The rating system is so important because it determines the amount of benefits that you will be awarded. Ratings are expressed in a percentage. The VA determines this percentage by breaking down the body system category and locating the diagnostic code that best matches their symptoms.
This can often cause confusion and frustration because you may feel that your symptoms are more severe than the rating you received. The VA doesn’t always get it right, and it is important to enlist the help of VA attorney that understands the law and can help you fight for the benefits you need.
The VA uses a schedule for rating disabilities that determines the different percentages. This schedule is based on the body part that has been affected. Each group of medical issues contains a list of diagnoses, and that is how your diagnostic code is selected.
The diagnostic code represents the symptoms that establish the various ratings of disability.
Some of the most common VA disability claims involve the following disabilities:
These disabilities vary in severity and it difficult to measure the symptoms of some of these disabilities through the rating system.
In addition to the percentage system, you have to prove that your disability is service-related, meaning that it was directly caused by or happened during your military service.
To establish this connection, you have to prove the following:
That means that you will not be able to receive benefits for injuries that occurred from any pre-existing conditions that you may have. When figuring out whether your disability is service-related, the VA will consider the timing and the severity of your disability. Establishing the connection between your military service and your disability is essential to getting your claim approved.
Do you need representation as a veteran? If so, the Chicago VA lawyer at Comerford Law Office can help. Contact our office today to schedule a free case evaluation.