If you are a Veteran with a long-term disability, you can receive benefits from the VA. Benefits issued by the VA can vary, but all levels of disability compensation are tax-free and can help you support yourself and your family. The VA gives benefits to disabled Veterans based on each Veteran’s disability rating, which is connected to the severity of your service-related disability or to a combination of multiple disabilities.
The more your service-related disability impacts your life, the higher your rating from the VA will be. However, sometimes the VA’s disability rating does not accurately reflect how severe your condition is. In addition, the symptoms of your service-related disability may get worse over time, making it harder for you to do your job and go about daily tasks as you normally would. If your symptoms worsen, you may be eligible to receive a reevaluated disability rating from the VA. This higher rating means greater benefits, which can help you support yourself and your family if you cannot work due to your disability.
Disability ratings from the VA are not always accurate. Many Veterans receive benefits from the VA that are less than they deserve because the VA gave them a rating that is too low. If that sounds like your situation, we’re here to help. We are a team of Veterans who are passionate about helping our fellow Veterans get the support they deserve from the VA. In this post, we’ll walk through some of the key steps you can take to raise your disability rating.
If you are a Veteran, you can receive disability benefits from the VA as compensation for any of many service-related conditions. The VA offers disability benefits to Veterans struggling with physical and mental disabilities that directly relate to their time serving in the military.
The VA is willing to give benefits to a Veteran who is suffering from any of the following conditions:
Your disability rating from the VA can be subject to change over time, especially if the symptoms of your condition worsen. The VA sometimes decreases a Veteran’s disability rating, especially when anticipating that a Veteran will experience a full recovery over time. Because the VA’s disability ratings can change, you can lose some of your benefits simply because the VA expects your condition to improve.
One of the most important steps to take to maintain your disability rating from the VA is to continue any treatment for your disability. Make sure to stay consistent with your routine checkups and appointments. That way, the VA will be aware that you are continuing to seek and receive treatment for your disability.
If the VA decreases your disability rating, but your condition has not improved, you may need to make an appeal with the help of an attorney. Even if you are not able to raise your disability score, an experienced attorney can help keep your rating from going down. If you can make a case to the VA that you are still significantly affected by your service-related disability, you can at least keep the benefits you are receiving and continue getting the support you need.
If you have received only an 40% disability rating from the VA but have a condition that is significantly affecting your life, you may be able to get your rating reevaluated and raised as high as 100%.
One factor that can cause your rating to increase is if your symptoms worsen over time. If you are struggling to do your job and keep up with everyday life due to your service-related disability, you may be able to make a much stronger case to the VA that your rating should be increased. In some circumstances, your condition may make it impossible for you to work. In this case, you may be able to qualify for total disability based on individual unemployability (TDIU).
If your condition has made you unable to work, a 100% disability rating from the VA may be what you need to keep supporting yourself and your family. One of our attorneys can help you demonstrate to the VA that you need additional support due to your condition’s debilitating nature. You can also increase your rating if you are suffering from multiple service-related disabilities at once.
Making an appeal to the VA can be a long and challenging process. Without the help of an attorney, the VA appeals process can be both frustrating and confusing. That’s why we want to give every disabled Veteran the help and resources they need to successfully make a strong case to the VA that they deserve to have their ratings raised.
With the help of an attorney, you can successfully navigate the complex rules and regulations put in place by the VA. While the VA can often make it difficult for Veterans to navigate the appeals process, Berry Law’s compassionate and experienced attorneys have the knowledge to help you make the regulations work to your benefit instead of against you.
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