Veteran’s Disability Ratings: What to Know

When you’re a veteran and you’re coming home with a disability, the first thing you’re going to have to do is file for a disability claim. With the help of a disability lawyer, you’d be able to claim your benefits. When the Veteran’s Administration (VA) determines that you are eligible for your claim, you are assigned a disability rating.

Your disability rating corresponds to how disabling the VA considers your condition. It will determine how much compensation you will get from the VA. The ratings themselves are assigned in 10% increments starting with 10% disabled, which means your life is made difficult by your condition, to 100% disabled. The higher your disability rating is, the higher your compensation. For example, at 10% disability and without a spouse, you’ll only be receiving $123 a month. Compare this to someone who’s 100% disabled without a spouse; he gets $2,673 per month. Missing limbs or senses also add to the compensation amount, even though they’ve been accounted for in your disability rating; they provide $96 a month per injury.

If you have multiple injuries, each would get its own disability rating. They’re not cumulative, though. Each disability is graded in severity and the most critical would be your main disability rating, while your other disabilities would be recalculated to add to your main disability rating. Note that your disability ratings may change in the future; the VA reexamines you six months after leaving service and every two to five years after that.


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