Understanding How the VA Rates Disability
The VA provides monthly benefits to veterans who are
at least 10% disabled as a result of any injuries or illnesses that were incurred or made worse
while serving in the military. The degree of a veteran's disability
will ultimately influence the amount of compensation they receive, which
is why it is important for veterans to file fully developed claims and
receive accurate disability ratings.
Disability compensation will always vary from case to case, as individuals
will have unique situations and needs. For example, disabilities can include
physical conditions and injuries or mental health conditions, such as
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Disability compensation may also
vary depending on how the disability happened, which can include the following
- Disabilities that existed when a veteran entered military service and were
- Disabilities that were incurred during military service.
- Disabilities that arose after military service.
Veterans' disability benefits are awarded according to a veteran's disability rating, which
ranges from 10% to 100% in increments of 10%. Compensation may also be awarded in certain circumstances that are secondary
to service-related events, such as temporary 100% ratings for veterans
who undergo surgery for a service-connected disability. Additional compensation
may also be available in certain situations if veterans:
- Suffer severe disabilities
- Experience loss of limb(s)
- Have a spouse, children, or dependent parents
- Have a seriously disabled spouse
In cases where veterans may suffer from two or more service-connected disabilities,
the VA will take this into consideration and issue a combined rating that
will equate to a final disability rating. Veterans may also receive increases
in their benefits when the VA makes cost-of-living adjustments.
Received a 0% disability rating? We can help!
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has become notorious for inefficiencies
and errors, and may not always rate veterans accurately. If you or a loved
one received a disability rating less than you expected -
even if the rating was 0% - you are eligible to appeal for a higher rating. A 0% rating will not
entitle you to benefits, but it is an acknowledgement from the VA of an
injury that could become disabling in the future. If you are experiencing
difficulties with an injury that was rated at 0%, contact us for a free
Learn More About Your Right to Disability Benefits
At Shook & Stone, our Las Vegas veterans' disability lawyers have
helped numerous clients through the VA disability claim and appeal process.
We know that helping veterans receive accurate disability ratings is crucial
to ensuring that they receive adequate compensation.
If you have questions about your case and how our firm can help, call 888-662-2013
for a free consultation.