Welcome to the introduction to VA disability ratings. We’re providing some information about the process of obtaining VA disability pay and how the VA determines the amount of compensation you are eligible to receive.
More than 5 million veterans receive disability compensation from the VA for mental or physical disabilities developed as a result of their military service. The VA has a responsibility to support these veterans, and the disability pay is a crucial part of fulfilling that responsibility. The rating system helps to ensure full benefits to each disabled veteran.
Every situation is different, however, and the following is general information. So anyone with concerns about disability benefits from the VA should speak with a veterans disability attorney right away.
VA disability pay is available to veterans who have developed a service-connected health condition that affects their ability to earn a living as they otherwise would. Disabling health conditions can include physical injuries, such as amputations or brain injuries, or illnesses such as Gulf War Syndrome or effects of Agent Orange exposure.
To be eligible for these benefits, the injury or health condition must have been sustained while:
Further, the veteran must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
To start applying for VA disability pay, veterans must complete an initial application, detailing their injuries, diseases, or other physical or mental health conditions. The VA then reviews the evidence and confirms the service connection before issuing a rating decision.
This rating decision determines the appropriate monthly compensation, based on a chart from the Code of Federal Regulations called the Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD). Every veteran with a service-related condition should receive a rating. This rating decision is critical – the higher your rating, the more benefits you will be entitled to.
The rating should be directly based on the severity of the condition and its effects on the veteran’s ability to function in everyday life, including at work and home. Then, your monthly benefit amount with be based on your rating and your number of dependents.
Veterans who disagree with the VA’s decision can file an appeal. They can provide evidence that they deserve a higher rating and more benefits due to the effects of their injuries or illness on their life. You want to seek legal help for this appeal process or if you disagree with your rating.
VA disability pay is available to eligible veterans with a service-connected health condition. The VA uses a rating system to determine the amount of compensation, and veterans who disagree with the VA’s decision can file an appeal. Every veteran should have a good understanding of the VA disability rating system to ensure that you receive the appropriate compensation for your service-related health condition.
The Comerford Law Office knows that the rating system does not always result in the benefits a disabled veteran deserves. We represent vets during the claims and appeal process.
Contact us today to consult with a member of our legal team. We can assist you in obtaining the benefits you need and deserve.
Retroactive pay regarding the failure to account for all the veteran’s medical conditions.
Military Sexual Trauma case
Disability associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Retroactive pay regarding a PTSD misdiagnosis.
PTSD resulting in Unemployability
Traumatic brain injury case
Wrongfully denied SSA claim
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Non-presumptive cardiac impairment linked to Agent Orange
Agent Orange exposure case that led to Parkison’s disease.
ERISA long term disability benefits.