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Category: Disability Compensation

Evaluating Subjective Symptoms Due To TBI

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | December 29, 2021 | Disability Compensation,Health Benefits,State Veteran Benefits

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is among the most significant injuries former combat veterans suffer. According to health officials, there has been an uptick in TBI in military service members who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is because of the enemy’s use of roadside improvised explosive devices (IEDs). However, not all TBIs  are caused by… read more

Diagnosis of Current Disability: Here’s What You Need To Know

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | November 16, 2021 | Disability Compensation,State Veteran Benefits

In order to win a claim for service connection for a disability, you must have a diagnosis of a current disability. Without a current diagnosis, the VA may deny your claim without even examining you. The process of obtaining a diagnosis for a disability is similar, whether it resulted from an auto accident, a fall,… read more

Common VA Errors That Can Be Corrected By an Appeal To Court

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | October 16, 2021 | Disability Compensation,State Veteran Benefits

The VA, unfortunately, often makes errors when adjudicating disability claims. The mistakes in judgment may lead to a low rating or a total denial of disability compensation. If you’ve received a low rating or have been denied disability compensation benefits by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, you should check to see if the VA made… read more

Service Connection for Diseases Associated with Exposure to Asbestos

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | September 27, 2021 | Disability Compensation,Health Benefits,State Veteran Benefits

Winning a claim for service connection for asbestos-related diseases can be difficult due to the need to prove you were exposed to asbestos. Proving asbestos exposure to receive disability compensation benefits can be a complicated process that is likely to be daunting in the face of the health concerns you’ve been forced to deal with…. read more

Veterans Discharged for Sexual Orientation to Receive VA Benefits

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | September 20, 2021 | Disability Compensation,Legal Update

On the 10th anniversary of the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, VA announced that LGBTQ+ service members who received an other than honorable discharge would now be eligible for VA benefits such as vocational rehabilitation, home loan guaranty, compensation & pension, health care, homeless program, and/or burial benefits. Veterans Discharged for Sexual Orientation,… read more

Presumptive Service Connection for Asthma, Rhinitis, and Sinusitis

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | August 2, 2021 | Disability Compensation

The VA announced today that it will immediately begin processing and granting claims for service connection for asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis as presumptively related to exposure to particulate matter during service in the Southwest Asia theater of operations or in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Syria, or Djibouti. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Denis McDonough, stated that he… read more

Fundamental Rules Used By The VA In Rating Disabilities

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | July 29, 2021 | Disability Compensation

The Veterans Affairs (VA) assigns veterans a disability rating by comparing the severity of a service-connected disability to the Schedule for Rating Disabilities. That rating is then “combined” with a veteran’s other ratings to determine their total combined rating. The total combined rating is then used to determine the amount of compensation paid monthly to… read more

What Is a C&P Exam? Understanding Compensation and Pension Examinations

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | July 28, 2021 | Disability Compensation

Once you’ve applied for VA disability or pension benefits, expect to receive a letter or phone call from the Veterans Affairs (VA) scheduling you for a Compensation & Pension (C&P) examination. A C&P exam is an appointment with a medical professional who will evaluate your disabilities. If your claim involves multiple disabilities, the VA may… read more

TDIU Success Rate: Understanding The Two-Step Analysis To Qualify For A TDIU Rating

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | July 27, 2021 | Disability Compensation

Veterans who are incapable of securing and maintaining substantially gainful employment may qualify for a total disability rating based on individual unemployability (a “TDIU” or “IU”). If awarded a TDIU, a veteran will be paid at the 100% disability rate even though their combined disability rating is less than 100%. Substantially gainful employment is generally… read more

Applying For VA Disability Benefits Years After Service: Basic Eligibility For VA Benefits

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | July 26, 2021 | Disability Compensation

A veteran can apply for VA disability compensation benefits any time after service. Put another way, there is no time limit on when you can apply for benefits. Generally, you must satisfy three elements to service connect a disability: Evidence of current disability, i.e., a current diagnosis of a chronic medical condition; An in-service event,… read more