Getting Veterans (VA) Disability for Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is a condition that can stand in the way of a happy, fulfilling life. If you developed erectile dysfunction during or after your military service, you may qualify to receive VA disability benefits.
Obtaining VA disability for erectile dysfunction requires three things — one, evidence of an injury, illness, or event during military service; two, you must have a current diagnosis from a medical professional; and three, you must demonstrate a cause-and-effect relationship between a specific event in your military service and your erectile dysfunction. Proving these three requirements is difficult and denials are common. If your claim or appeal has been denied, the team at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD can help.
If you are ready to find out what our team can do for you, call for a free consultation today: 800-544-9144.
What Is Service Connection?
Obtaining disability benefits hinges on your ability to prove your condition resulted from an in-service illness, injury, or event. This is known as service connection.
How Can I Prove Service Connection for My Erectile Dysfunction?
To obtain VA disability benefits for erectile dysfunction, you must show that you developed the condition as a result of a specific event, illness, or injury that occurred during your military service. For example, the event could be a physical injury involving blunt trauma to the genital region, or it could be an event that caused psychological trauma, an effect of which is the loss of sexual function.
Additionally, you may be able to win service connection for your erectile dysfunction if it stems from an already service-connected condition such as diabetes or prostate cancer. This is known as secondary service connection.
Generally, the evidence necessary to prove service connection comes from both medical records and military service records. It is also helpful to have a report from your treating physician in which the doctor gives his or her opinion on the cause of your condition.
How Much Can I Receive Per Month?
There is no specific disability rating for erectile dysfunction. Instead, the VA rates the condition under 38 C.F.R. § 4.115b. Examples of erectile dysfunction related listings include:
- Code 7520: If doctors removed half or more than half of your penis, you receive a rating of 30 percent.
- Code 7521: If doctors removed your glans, your rating is 20 percent.
- Code 7522: If your penis cannot become erect because of a physical deformity, you receive a 20-percent rating.
- Code 7523: If your erectile dysfunction is due to atrophied testicles, a condition often resulting in reduced testosterone and thus a lower sex drive, you receive a 20-percent rating if the condition affects both testicles, and a 0 percent rating if it affects only one testicle.
- Code 7524: If you had both testicles removed due to a service-connected event, you receive a 30-percent rating; if you had one testicle removed due to a service-connected event, you receive a 0-percent rating.
Generally, the VA will grant a 0-percent rating for erectile dysfunction unless you are eligible under the diagnostic codes above. However, service connection for erectile dysfunction, even at 0 percent, makes veterans eligible for Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) for loss of use of a creative organ. This is known as SMC (k) and it is paid out in your monthly VA compensation check. As of December 31, 2017, SMC (k) amounts to $105.61 a month.
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