Posted on behalf of The Nye Law Group on Nov 07, 2016 in Veterans' Benefits
If you are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and have a medical condition that was caused or aggravated by your military service, you may qualify for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
When you apply for benefits, the VA will review your medical documentation and determine if you are eligible.
If your application is approved, the VA will use a rating system to determine the amount of compensation you will receive for your illness or disability.
The VA can rate you anywhere from 10 percent to 100 percent disabled. The higher your percentage of disability, the higher your amount of monthly compensation.
For example, if a veteran is found by the VA to be 10 percent disabled, he or she will receive $123 per month. If a veteran is 50 percent disabled, he or she will receive $770 per month, while a veteran who is 100 percent disabled will be given $2,673.
Veterans with severe injuries or disabilities like the loss of a limb, blindness or deafness, are entitled $96 in extra monthly compensation per injury. Other conditions like permanent bedridden states can entitle veterans to $3,327 each month.
The Secretary of the VA is permitted by law to approve increased payments for severe disabilities up to $4,667 per month in total compensation.
When veterans have multiple disabilities, the VA ranks each disability from most severe to least severe.
If the most severe injury leaves the veteran 40 percent disabled, he or she is 60 percent efficient. If the rating for the second disability is 20 percent, the VA will calculate 20 percent of the 60 percent efficiency rating. Then the VA will add that percentage to the rating for the most severe disability. The VA will repeat the process for the remaining disabilities to get a final disability rating.
If you suffered an injury in the armed forces, contact The Nye Law Group to speak to our experienced veterans' disability attorneys.
We have years of experience helping veterans with disabilities navigate the VA benefits process. We can help you every step of the way, from your initial application through the appeals process.
Your initial consultation with our experienced attorneys is free and we do not charge legal fees unless we obtain fair compensation.