While it is a difficult process, there are a few options to increase your VA disability rating.
How Do I Increase My VA Disability Rating?
Under certain circumstances, the VA will change your disability rating in light of new evidence that your condition has improved or deteriorated.
If you think your service-connected condition warrants a higher disability rating than the one it currently holds, there are three routes you can take depending on which best fits your situation:
- File a Notice of Disagreement;
- File a claim for an Increased Rating; or
File a Notice of Disagreement
When you file a claim with the VA for service-connected compensation, the VA will issue a rating decision either granting or denying your claim. If the VA grants your claim, the rating decision will also include an effective date and a disability rating. If you think the disability rating VA has assigned is too low, you have 1 year from the date of the notification letter you received with the decision to file a Notice of Disagreement for an increased rating.
File a Claim for an Increased Rating
The disability rating VA assigns in its initial rating decision may be satisfactory at the time. But what happens if later on, you feel that rating is no longer sufficient? If you are outside of the 1 year appeal window, you should consider filing a new claim for an increased rating. You can submit any new documentation or evidence you have supporting that your service-connected disability has worsened. The VA will treat this as any other claim and issue a rating decision in response.
Is There Anything Else I Need to Know?
Yes. When you ask the VA to take another look at your disability rating, the VA reviews your entire claim file. It does not only look for evidence in support of your claim. If the VA feels your condition has actually improved, or that it initially assigned you too high of a rating, the VA reserves the right to decrease your disability rating.
Before filing a claim for an increased rating, do your research. Talk to your doctor and your attorney about how realistic your request is, and make sure you have actual medical evidence to support your claim for a higher rating.
We will ensure that your claim is strong enough to withstand scrutiny from the VA.
Have Questions? Call 401-331-6300 to Get Help from Our Team
The VA system is notoriously tough to navigate. It can be frustrating and often futile to do it on your own. But the team at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD is here to help you. We have helped many disabled veterans receive the benefits they rightfully deserve, and we can put our experience and resources to work for you.
If you think your VA disability rating is too low and that you should be receiving a higher disability rating, speak with us before starting the process with the VA. We may be able to help. Call now for a free consultation: 401-331-6300.« Return to the Veterans' Resource Center
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