VA Compensation for Schizoaffective Disorder – Everything You Need To Know
If you are a veteran with a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, you may be eligible to receive VA disability benefits. As a VA disability recipient, you will be eligible for monthly compensation, free VA health care, and other perks.
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Military Service and Schizoaffective Disorder
Military life often subjects people to experiences that leave a lasting imprint. Many of these experiences are traumatic, resulting in mental health issues that affect a veteran’s ability to work and function.
One mental ailment relatively common among veterans is schizoaffective disorder. This condition includes symptoms of both schizophrenia and mood disorders. The two main types of schizoaffective disorder are:
- Bipolar type: Combines the effects of schizophrenia with both manic and depressive episodes.
- Depressive type: Combines the effects of schizophrenia and depressive episodes only.
Many things can cause a veteran to develop a schizoaffective disorder, including combat. But even if you never served in combat, you may still be eligible to receive VA disability benefits for schizoaffective disorder.
How to Build a Compelling Claim for VA Disability for Schizoaffective Disorder
In order to receive VA disability benefits for schizoaffective disorder, your appeal needs to prove three things:
You Have a Disabling Condition
Schizoaffective disorder has a specific listing in VA’s book of disabilities. If you receive a diagnosis of the condition, you are eligible for VA disability as long as your condition is service-connected.
Your lawyer can examine your medical records and extract evidence to show VA that your diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder meets its criteria for benefits.
A Specific Traumatic Event Occurred During Your Military Service
You suffered a specific traumatic event during your military service or your symptoms began in service. In some situations, evidence that your symptoms began within one year of service will be enough to establish in-service onset.
Your Condition Is Linked to Your Service
Not only do you need to have an approved medical condition in order to receive VA disability benefits, but it must also be linked with your service. This means you must show a compelling cause-and-effect link between the specific in-service event (or in-service onset) and your diagnosis.
Your attorney can comb through your military service history, collecting evidence to show that you developed a schizoaffective disorder in service or because of an event you endured while serving. If the evidence establishes that you developed psychoses in service or within one year of discharge from the service, the VA will presume in-service onset of psychoses and a nexus opinion is not needed.
Trust a Veterans Disability Lawyer to Help You Recover the Full Benefits You Deserve
Once approved for disability, your monthly compensation rate is based on your disability rating. This rating, between 0 and 100% and assigned by VA, indicates the severity of your disability.
The higher your disability rating, the higher your monthly compensation. For a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, you will receive a rating of 0, 10, 30, 50, 70, or 100 percent. As of 2019, the monthly compensation for each of these ratings is:
- 0% disability rating: $0 per month
- 10% disability rating: $140.05 per month
- 30% disability rating: $428.83 per month
- 50% disability rating: $879.36 per month
- 70% disability rating: $1,403.71 per month
- 100% disability rating: $3,057.13 per month
Your disability lawyer builds your claim to paint a clear picture of your disability and exactly how your condition impacts your ability to work and carry out daily living activities. This helps you receive the highest possible disability rating, which equates to the largest monthly benefit.
Contingency Fees in Veterans Disability Appeals
Many veterans hesitate to hire an attorney to help with their VA disability claim because they worry about having to pay a fee or retainer up front. Most disability lawyers work on a contingency basis, meaning you do not pay an attorney fee unless and until you get approved for VA disability.*
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