Living with a service-related injury can be difficult and stress-inducing, as can the battle to navigate the Veterans Affairs systems of determining disability benefits.
If you’ve applied for disability compensation through the VA, learning what your monthly compensation rate will seem like an arduous task, but fear not! Resources are available to help veterans with their VA disability calculations, and following this step-by-step guide can help to make the process easy and worry-free for veterans seeking the compensation they need.
1. Determine Your Rating
The system used to determine your disability compensation is based on a rating assigned to your injuries that ranges between 0% and 100%, referred to as the Schedule for Rating Disabilities.
Your damages will be assessed to determine how they compare to the list of symptoms the VA uses to assign ratings; more severe injuries receive higher grades and higher compensation rates.
2. Calculate Multiple Ratings
If you have more than one injury, each injury will be given an individual rating. You can then use this table to determine your overall rating by finding your first rating in the left-hand column and your second rating in the row that runs along the top. The point at which the two meets will be your combined rating.
Additional injuries can then be added by finding your combined score in the left-hand column and the other injury rating in the top row to see the new combined rating. Continue this process for as many injury ratings as you have been assigned, and when you finish, you’ll have your final score.
3. Marital Status and Family Size
The final step in determining your final compensation rate is to compare your final rating against your marital status and the number of dependents you have. It makes sense that married veterans and veterans with children in their home will receive higher compensation rates than those who are unmarried and don’t have children.
All that’s left to do is to find your rating on this table and then find the category of marital status, dependents, and children in-home that corresponds to you. The dollar amount shown at the intersection of your household size and injury rating is what you should expect your monthly compensation rate to be.
And there you have it! With the correct tools and resources, determining your VA disability benefits can be more comfortable than it might seem at first. Of course, it might be possible that you will have questions about your compensation rate, or that you might feel that the rating or compensation rate you’ve received is inaccurate.
For those who need more legal information regarding their disability compensation, additional legal advice from concurringopinions.com is available. Legal representation can be an invaluable resource for veterans who need help appealing their injury rating and receiving adequate compensation. Living with a service-related injury can be painful, but winning an accurate injury rating and determining your VA compensation doesn’t have to be.