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When the time to retire from military service has come, receiving medical records and a rating for your disabilities by the Department of Veterans Affairs is an essential part of returning to civilian life. The VA determines if you are eligible for compensation for service-connected or service-aggravated medical conditions when you get rated. Most disabled American Veterans assume that this is a one-time-only process. It is not. If you feel your conditions are worsening, you may wonder how to increase your VA disability rating.

You can petition the VA for a review of your condition for a revised rating. There are no guarantees when it comes to pursuing an increase for your VA disability rating. There is even potential that the Department of Veterans Affairs may lower the rating based on the evidence you submit. However, most cases can receive the rating they deserve with the compensation they deserve with the proper consultation and advice.  

Should Veterans Apply for an Increased Disability Rating?

The VA is willing to re-evaluate your medical condition to update your rating. However, if you go in without understanding the VA’s process, you will either get no change in your rating, which wastes your time or even decreases the rating you had prior. We recommend looking into the VA Schedule For Rating Disabilities, also known as 38 CFR Book C.

This document will help you better understand what the VA is looking for, the compensation percentages, and how they rate specific conditions. 

How To Prepare For A Request

Suppose you feel confident you are eligible for an increase after reviewing the VA Schedule For Rating Disabilities. In that case, it is time to submit a request for the VA to review your medical condition. Before you submit, some steps can help you make your claim as strong as possible to get an increase in your VA disability rating.

Understand your current VA disability rating and the VA’s justification of that rating.

For example, tinnitus has a maximum rating of 10%. Do you know why? Do you understand the VA policies that determine this? As we advance, these are essential details to understand to help you decide if you have a strong case for the VA. 

Seeing that this is a case, you will need evidence. 

VA doctors will want to know that the condition has worsened and under what circumstances did that change occur. There is a misconception that the VA will gather the evidence for you. No, they will not. It is your claim, and you will have to pick the evidence from getting evaluated outside of the VA. 

The next step: Obtain an evaluation by an expert. 

We recommend you obtain a re-evaluation by an independent medical authority not associated with the VA. Ideally, by an expert in disability medicine who can help make more sense of the medical issues that may have been misdiagnosed during the VA’s review process.

How To Request for an Increased VA Disability Rating

You will need to fill out the VA Form 21-526EZ. VA instructs those submitting a claim to increase their disability rating to fill out and submit the Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits, VA Form 21-526EZ. Those who disagree with a VA evaluation or for those who need to file a supplemental claim will need to file VA Form 20-0995, Decision Review Request: Supplemental Claim. You can apply online. 

The best way for veterans to apply for increased disability compensation is through the eBenefits portal. This online application process allows you to upload all documentation and file a claim without paperwork in person.

Get The Benefits You Deserve

contact one of our consultants today for a free evaluation of your VA claim

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Shaye Martinez
Shaye Martinez
Shaye Martinez found her passion for helping veterans after watching her father struggle for eleven years with obtaining the disability rating he deserved from the VA after twenty years in the service! Following her graduation from UCSD in 2017, she began her extensive research regarding the VA claims system and has spent the past four years helping veterans around the country!

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How To Increase VA Disability Rating

When the time to retire from military service has come, receiving medical records and a rating for your disabilities by the Department of Veterans Affairs is an essential part of returning to civilian life. The VA determines if you are eligible for compensation for service-connected or service-aggravated medical conditions when you get rated. Most disabled American Veterans assume that this is a one-time-only process. It is not. If you feel your conditions are worsening, you may wonder how to increase your VA disability rating.

You can petition the VA for a review of your condition for a revised rating. There are no guarantees when it comes to pursuing an increase for your VA disability rating. There is even potential that the Department of Veterans Affairs may lower the rating based on the evidence you submit. However, most cases can receive the rating they deserve with the compensation they deserve with the proper consultation and advice.  

Should Veterans Apply for an Increased Disability Rating?

The VA is willing to re-evaluate your medical condition to update your rating. However, if you go in without understanding the VA’s process, you will either get no change in your rating, which wastes your time or even decreases the rating you had prior. We recommend looking into the VA Schedule For Rating Disabilities, also known as 38 CFR Book C.

This document will help you better understand what the VA is looking for, the compensation percentages, and how they rate specific conditions. 

How To Prepare For A Request

Suppose you feel confident you are eligible for an increase after reviewing the VA Schedule For Rating Disabilities. In that case, it is time to submit a request for the VA to review your medical condition. Before you submit, some steps can help you make your claim as strong as possible to get an increase in your VA disability rating.

Understand your current VA disability rating and the VA’s justification of that rating.

For example, tinnitus has a maximum rating of 10%. Do you know why? Do you understand the VA policies that determine this? As we advance, these are essential details to understand to help you decide if you have a strong case for the VA. 

Seeing that this is a case, you will need evidence. 

VA doctors will want to know that the condition has worsened and under what circumstances did that change occur. There is a misconception that the VA will gather the evidence for you. No, they will not. It is your claim, and you will have to pick the evidence from getting evaluated outside of the VA. 

The next step: Obtain an evaluation by an expert. 

We recommend you obtain a re-evaluation by an independent medical authority not associated with the VA. Ideally, by an expert in disability medicine who can help make more sense of the medical issues that may have been misdiagnosed during the VA’s review process.

How To Request for an Increased VA Disability Rating

You will need to fill out the VA Form 21-526EZ. VA instructs those submitting a claim to increase their disability rating to fill out and submit the Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits, VA Form 21-526EZ. Those who disagree with a VA evaluation or for those who need to file a supplemental claim will need to file VA Form 20-0995, Decision Review Request: Supplemental Claim. You can apply online. 

The best way for veterans to apply for increased disability compensation is through the eBenefits portal. This online application process allows you to upload all documentation and file a claim without paperwork in person.

Get The Benefits You Deserve

contact one of our consultants today for a free evaluation of your VA claim

learn more
Shaye Martinez
Shaye Martinez
Shaye Martinez found her passion for helping veterans after watching her father struggle for eleven years with obtaining the disability rating he deserved from the VA after twenty years in the service! Following her graduation from UCSD in 2017, she began her extensive research regarding the VA claims system and has spent the past four years helping veterans around the country!

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