How Often Does the VA Reevaluate Disability Ratings?

If you receive disability benefits from the VA, you know how important the payments you receive are. What some veterans may not know at first, however, is that the VA will periodically request to reexamine you so that they can reevaluate your disability rating. This request may seem harmless at first, but in fact, it can have a significant impact on the benefits you receive.

At the Berry Law Firm, we believe veterans who have risked their lives to their country should continue to receive the benefits they’ve been promised to help them deal with their disabilities. With that in mind, we want to help you understand how reevaluation works so that you don’t get blindsided and lose your disability payments. 

Scheduled Timeframe for a VA Disability Reevaluation

You can expect the VA to reach out to you and ask for a reexamination at two different points in time:

  • The first will be six months after your service ends.
  • The second is somewhat less predictable and will fall sometime in the range of three to five years after your service ends.

At each of these points, the VA will reevaluate your disability rating. Any changes to the rating could affect the amount you receive in disability payments going forward. If the VA decides to lower your disability rating, you could receive less in benefits. If the VA raises your rating, you could receive more.

Whatever change there might be in your rating, if you disagree, you have the right to appeal.

Requesting a VA Disability Rating Reevaluation

If something happens outside of the scheduled timeframe and your disability worsens, you may want to request a reevaluation yourself. You have the right to do so.

If the VA decides that your condition warrants a higher disability rating, you could see a much-needed increase in your benefits. However, there is also a risk involved, as the VA might instead decide to lower your rating and therefore your payments.

Consulting with an experienced veteran law attorney can give you a better idea of whether you should request a VA disability reevaluation.

Get Help from an Experienced Veteran Law Attorney

The VA is a huge, complex bureaucracy. How to navigate it is not something they taught you in Basic Training. It can take years of fighting to truly understand how the VA works and how to make it work for you.

An experienced veteran law attorney will have just that knowledge. If you are seeking to appeal your new disability rating, or if you want to better understand how to handle the reevaluation process from the beginning, the veteran law attorneys of the Berry Law Firm can help.

A reduction in the benefits you need is difficult. In addition to depriving you of income you rely on, it can feel like an insult from the department that is supposed to take care of you after you sacrificed so much for your country.

You don’t have to fight this battle alone. For more information on how the Berry Law Firm can help, contact us now for a free consultation and advice about your legal rights.