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Increasing Your VA Rating

Are you leaving tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of dollars on the table with a low VA rating?  Let us take on your fight to ensure you receive the maximum benefit.

Increasing a VA Rating: 
Uncovering Hidden Benefits

All too often veteran’s apply for VA benefits and go through the, sometimes long and arduous, process of being approved and breathe a sigh of relief when the decision is finally issued granting them service connection for their claimed disability.

While the receipt of a grant of VA disability is cause for celebration, often it represents the end of the veteran’s focus on the claim.

After all, they received the benefits, what more is there to do?

However, stopping at the initial grant of benefits often leads to a veteran leaving tens of thousands of dollars of benefits on the table.

The key to receiving the missing money left on the table is to look to the VA rating percentage assigned to the disability. The higher the VA rating percentage that is provided, the more the tax free monthly VA benefit will be.


CASE HIGHLIGHT: Appealing a Cardiac VA Rating

We once appealed a cardiac VA rating resulting in an increase from 40% to 100%.  The back benefits for the veteran were $110,000 plus a monthly payment increase of $1,800.

Do not blindly trust the first rating percentage provided by the VA.

Did You Know?

Appeals not filed within one year of a decision could result in tens of thousands of dollars in back benefits being lost.

How are VA Benefits 

VA benefit amounts are computed based on a veteran’s combined VA rating. Ratings for veterans span from 0% to 100% in 10% increments.

The difference in percentage ratings can be significant, as a single veteran without dependents receives $142 a month, while the same veteran if rated 100% would receive $3,106 a month. So, increasing the combined rating amount is crucial to increasing the amount of monthly benefits paid.


Combined Rating of “VA Math”

The combined VA rating percentage is determined by combining the individual rating percentages assigned to individual disabilities.

The veteran combines a veteran’s rating percentages using a complicated process called a combined rating. The percentages are not simply added together to find the combined rating. A more detailed description of this can be found in the section of this website titled “VA Math.”

To get a higher combined rating from the VA, it is necessary to max out individual ratings.

The individual ratings are determined based on the symptoms of the veteran’s condition as described in the VA regulations. 

Did You Know?

The difference between an 80% and 100% VA rating is over $1,200 a month tax free.

Calculating a VA Rating for Migraines

To illustrate the difference in VA ratings, we will look at the ratings of the condition of migraine headaches.

The VA ratings for migraine headaches can be found in 38 CFR § 4.124a, Schedule of Ratings – Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Diagnostic Code 8100.

The VA assigns a rating of 0% where a veteran’s migraine symptoms result in a prostrating migraine headache less than one time over two months on average.

A 50% migraine rating is assigned when a veteran has migraine headaches with, “very frequent completely prostrating and prolonged attacks productive of severe economic inadaptability.”

All too often veterans come to us with a VA rating of 0% for migraines based on a compensation and pension examination performed by a VA contracted medical professional.

Even if the medical professional is dedicated, they have no ability to assess in a thirty-minute sterile medical appointment what are the true real life impacts of migraines.

We are able to increase this rating by the use of lay statements, written by friends and family members of the veteran, that gives the VA a better picture of the real impact of the veterans migraines. We do this for many other conditions that the VA routinely underrates.

Disabled veterans, especially those with PTSD or migraines, are frequently underrated.

Let Us Check the VA’s Work

Contact us for a free, no obligation case review to see if we can increase your VA rating.