Some veterans who have been in active service and have seen combat will arrive home with not just one disability, but two or three—or more. The VA uses a combined ratings table to determine a veteran’s total benefits when service connection for more than one disability is awarded. Understanding how the VA uses the combined ratings table is complicated, and this may be a process where you as a veteran benefit from the help of an experienced law firm like Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick.
Special Monthly Compensation
Sometimes disability is so severe that it goes beyond the normal calculations. In this case, a veteran may be awarded special monthly compensation (SMC) due to a more complicated loss of functionality when there is, for example, a loss or lose of use of an extremity or multiple extremities… In these cases, the VA will award benefits above the amount awarded for a 100 percent disability. The higher amount is meant to help offset higher medical bills and loss of income due to not being able to work. VA will award special monthly compensation for such conditions as::
- The loss of or use of a limb, foot or hand
- Immobility or paralysis
- Blindness, deafness, or inability to speak
- Loss of breast tissue in women
- Loss of use of reproductive organs
Along with SMC, the veteran may also be eligible for further care because they may be confined to their home or even completely bedridden. In this case, further benefits are available through SMC to help pay for added assistance, and sometimes to a caregiver who may be a family member or someone close to the veteran. These varying levels of disability and additional compensation are decided upon during the application process for SMC through the VA with the use of the SMC rate table. The VA also offers other services for long-term care aside from SMC that help during illness and healing from injuries. Other types of extended care can be offered whether in a home or another setting such as a nursing home.
As you navigate through the process of filing for veterans disability benefits, you may find legal counsel necessary. For a free evaluation of your case, contact us at Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick. We can help you with the claims and appeals process, and if necessary, we can fight your case in court. Contact us for a no-cost case evaluation.