If you are a veteran who has received Social Security Administration Disability benefits, you should submit that disability award to the VA for consideration on your claim for VA benefits.
Service connected conditions receive a compensation rating. For each particular condition there’s a diagnostic criteria, a percentage and specific symptoms.
A VA rating increase is for someone who already has a service connected disability.
A Nexus Medical Opinion essentially establishes a relationship between something that happened in the service and a current disability.
“I don’t think that it’s any secret that the VA suffers from an incredible backlog of cases. They take an enormous amount of time to get any decision back to veterans, no matter what stage of the process they’re in.”
The VA made a change to the PTSD regulations in 2010 conceding that the structure involved in getting a PTSD award can be from fear of hostile military activity; allowing veterans who may not have been technically in combat to obtain PTSD disability.
There are two basic types of service connections. There’s direct service connection and there’s secondary service connection.
A Compensation and Pension Exam is an examination that’s set up by the Department of Veterans Affairs in connection with a claim for disability benefits that’s been put in by a veteran.
Non-service connected pension is a needs based program and may apply if you’re totally and permanently disabled. It doesn’t have to be for a service connected injury or disease.
Compensation and Pension Exams help the VA get a determination medically from a medical professional regarding whatever issue or issues may be claimed by the veteran to help them better make a decision, whether they can grant benefits to a veteran after they put in a claim.
Having an attorney to help with a VA disability claim is useful to identify evidence needed to win the claim by establishing service connection or to get a rating increase, and to work to best represent the veteran through the entire appeals process.
A VA rating increase is for someone who already has a service-connected disability. As soon as you think your condition worsens, you should file a claim for a rating increase with the VA as soon as possible.