A Veterans Disability Attorney Explains Your VA Rating and How to Increase a Low Rating
To compensate veterans for injuries sustained or exacerbated during their service, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides disability benefits for all who qualify. Once the VA determines that your conditions are service connected, The VA will calculate the disability rating. A veterans disability attorney from our firm will help you make sense of your rating and can help fight for a higher rating.
What Are Disability Ratings?
A disability rating is a percentage based upon the severity of your service-connected injury and the impact of your service-connected conditions and symptoms on your ability to work and to perform day to day tasks. The VA determines the veteran’s compensation rating based upon the diagnostic evidence the veteran submits. It will then assign a disability rating from 10% to 100% according to the Schedule for Rating Disabilities, which is a comprehensive list of every condition covered by the program and their level of severity. Generally, the more severe the injury, the higher the disability rating.
Increase Your Disability Rating With Help From a Veterans Disability Claims Attorney
Disability ratings are not set in stone. Occasionally, the VA may assign an incorrect rating, which the applicant may appeal. In other cases, the initial rating may be correct but may need to be recalculated because the recipient’s condition has worsened over time.
Appeal a Low Rating
If you feel that your rating is too low, you may appeal the VA’s determination in one of three ways: First, you may file a Supplemental Claim and add new and relevant evidence to your claim file that supports your argument. Second, you may petition for higher-level review by a senior reviewer who may change the determination based on a difference of opinion or on an error the previous reviewer made. And third, your veterans disability attorney may appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and have your case reviewed by a judge.
File for a Rating Increase for a Worsened Condition
If you feel that your initial rating is no longer satisfactory due to your condition having gotten worse, you may file a claim for an increased rating based on new and relevant evidence that shows that your disability has worsened. The VA treats claims for increased ratings the same way it treats original claims and will assign a rating based on the evidence you submit. As such, the VA could either increase or decrease your rating.
Contact a Veterans Disability Claims Attorney Today for Help
If you think your VA disability rating is too low or should be increased, you should seek an experienced attorney to help you present the strongest case possible. To get started, please contact a veterans disability claims attorney at Turley, Redmond and Rosasco by using our online form or calling us at 877-693-2529, 516-745-5666 (Garden City), 631-582-3700 (Ronkonkoma), or 631-399-0400 (Shirley). We serve New York City and Long Island, including Nassau County and Suffolk County