Veterans suffering from tinnitus or other hearing-related conditions may be eligible to receive monthly disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. However, to receive veterans (VA) disability for tinnitus, you must establish a nexus between your condition and an injury, illness, or event that occurred during your military service.
Unfortunately, proving service connection and receiving the correct disability rating is easier said than done and many deserving veterans receive denials. The Department of Veterans Affairs gives you the option to appeal its decision; however, appealing your denial often presents even more difficulty than your initial application. That said, you do not need to handle this alone. The veterans disability lawyers at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD have helped many clients who were previously denied win on appeal.
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What Is Service Connection?
In many cases, veterans receive denials because they did not provide enough evidence to successfully establish service connection. While your entire case hinges on this, service connection simply means your tinnitus resulted from an in-service event, injury, or illness.
How Can I Establish Service Connection?
This is where we come in. To prove your tinnitus is service-connected, we must establish a connection between your diagnosis and an injury, illness, or event that occurred during your service.
We can use the following types of evidence to strengthen our appeal of your tinnitus denial:
- Your service records (These may show or support regular and/or prolonged noise exposure during training exercises or in combat.)
- Your medical records (This can establish that you did not have hearing-related issues prior to your military service.)
- Statements from your doctors (Your doctors can establish when you began complaining of the ringing in your ears and what treatment you have undergone to mitigate the symptoms.)
- An expert’s medical opinion (A medical expert can opine as to the cause of your tinnitus.)
What Monthly Benefit Might I Be Entitled To?
When the VA reviews your application for disability benefits, it rates your condition on a scale of 0 to 100 percent disabled. The severity of your disability, and the extent to which it impacts your ability to work and carry out daily living activities, determines where the VA rates it on the scale.
A rating of 0 percent does not qualify you to receive monthly compensation, though you can still get ancillary benefits, such as health care. A 100 percent disability rating makes you eligible for the maximum award.
The standard rating for recurrent tinnitus is 10 percent, and this rating applies whether your condition affects both or just one ear. According to the VA compensation table for December 2017, a 10 percent rating warrants a monthly benefit of $136.24 for tinnitus.
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The veterans advocates at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD have a successful history appealing denials and helping veterans obtain grants for the benefits they need to help support themselves and their families. In fact, we have effectively handled thousands of cases with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
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