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The Process Of Receiving A VA Disability Rating Reevaluation

If you received a letter saying the VA is reevaluating your disability rating, you may be worried about what will happen to your monthly benefits. However, if you have everything you need, the VA’s process doesn’t need to be complicated. Learn more about what to expect during a reevaluation, how to prepare, and what your options are if you disagree with the results.

Why Does The VA Need To Reevaluate Your Rating?

A VA’s disability rating should match how your condition currently impacts your daily life, which is why the VA reexamines you periodically to see if they need to make changes. While they usually reevaluate you every two to five years, they may schedule it sooner if they have evidence that your disability improved or worsened. Advances in your medical treatment may also trigger an earlier review.

How To Prepare For A Reevaluation

Preparing for the exam helps ensure your exam will go as smoothly as possible. Here are a few tips to help you:

  • Gather recent medical records and highlight information related to your current symptoms and treatment
  • Write statements with examples of how your disability limits important activities like working, driving, etc.
  • Keep a journal tracking your symptoms to share, like pain levels, concentration problems, mobility issues, etc.
  • Practice explaining your current functional limitations so you can communicate them.
  • Be open but factual about what you’re experiencing

By describing and demonstrating your present disability,  you give the VA solid evidence to maintain or increase your rating.

Possible Outcomes of a Reevaluation

After your evaluation is complete, it can go one of three ways:

Increase In Disability Rating

If the evidence shows your condition got worse since you first received a rating, the VA may propose increasing your percentage. A higher rating isn’t uncommon, as many disabilities progress over time or cause additional impairments. In this case, you’ll receive a higher disability payment to match your current condition.

No Change In Disability Rating

If the specialist believes your disability is about the same as when you were last rated, they may recommend keeping your rating unchanged. This is still a good outcome, and you’ll still receive the same amount of benefits each month. 

Decrease In Disability Rating

The VA needs concrete proof that your condition no longer meets the criteria for your current rating. If the specialist determines that the evidence shows improvement, they may propose lowering it and potentially reducing your monthly benefits. However, you can fight the proposed cut by requesting a decision review and sending further evidence to plead your case.

Our Lawyers Are Here To Help

Undergoing a VA reevaluation and potentially challenging their decision can be time-consuming and stressful. Our experienced New York veterans’ disability attorneys will help you navigate this process and will help you protect your benefits. If you have any questions or want to get started, please contact us online or at 855-367-0135 to schedule a free consultation today. 

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