When you are assessed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for a service-related disability, your condition is rated on a scale of 0 to 100. You can begin to receive baseline compensation if you have a disability rating of least 10 percent.
The VA may assess your disability rating at a percentage much lower than required by federal law. The experienced attorneys of the Berry Law can advise you in the initial claims process and aggressively represent you in challenging a low rating. Our nationwide veterans disability practice handles VA appeals at all levels: regional VA offices, Board of Veterans’ Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (USCAVC). Contact us for a free consultation.
Disability benefits are measured in 10 percent increments based on the severity of your disability. If your rating is at least 30 percent, you are entitled to greater compensation as well as additional benefits for your dependents. There is also a substantial jump in compensation at a disability rating of from 50 to 70 percent or 70 percent or greater.
You can find the latest VA disability rates here.
Disability ratings are based on specific criteria for each different type of disability. The greater the impact on your physical function, employment, relationships and daily life, the higher the rating. If you think that the VA should have rated you higher, the Berry Law can represent you in aggressively appealing the decision. It may be necessary to obtain an independent medical exam and/or a second medical opinion to challenge your VA disability rating.
A person with total disability or permanent disability may receive benefits for life, subject to periodic examination. If a veteran dies from a service-connected condition, the person’s widow/widower may be entitled to a portion of the disability compensation.
Berry Law represents injured veterans throughout the United States. Call (888) 883-2483 or contact us online for your free consultation.
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