Q I'm a veteran in Fayetteville, North Carolina. How are disability ratings determined for veterans?
The Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) provides certain Veterans' benefits in the form of disability compensation for those who served and were injured during active duty or by VA healthcare. When an injury or disability is evaluated, the claimant will receive a disability “rating” for Veterans according to the Schedule for Rating Disabilities, a listing of medical conditions that organizes various injuries and disabilities by body system.
The ratings help the VA determine how much compensation the individual should receive for their particular condition. One way that this is done is by evaluating how the disability has impacted earning ability. This involves a medical examination, usually conducted by a VA physician. In order to ensure that the claimant's legal rights are protected and they receive a fair evaluation, it's best to have a Veterans' disability attorney advocating on the individual's behalf.
Understanding the Disability Rating for Veterans
Reports from medical exams are used to craft a disability rating for Veterans, represented as a percentage from 0% to 100%. The more severe the disability, the higher the disability rating. The higher the rating, the more funds the individual will be able to collect as disability compensation.
In the event that a Veteran has more than one service-related disability, each disability receives its own separate rating, and then the VA will administer a combined disability rating using a specific chart.
Veterans may receive additional compensation for the loss of certain extremities or organs, including the loss of sight, hearing, a reproductive organ, and speech.
Help from a Veterans' Disability Attorney in Fayetteville
A North Carolina Veterans' disability attorney at Brent Adams & Associates can answer your questions about the disability rating process and prepare you for the necessary examination. Veterans' benefits consultations are free and appointments are recommended. Speak with an attorney today at 877-273-6823.