VA Compensation for Psychotic Disorders – Everything You Need To Know
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides disability benefits to veterans diagnosed with psychotic disorders arising from their military service. If you served in the military and later received a diagnosis of schizophrenia or any other mental health disorder, you may be eligible for VA disability. However, these benefits are difficult to obtain and denials are common. A veterans’ disability attorney can help you gather the evidence you need and file an appeal for psychotic disorders veterans benefits.
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A Lawyer Can Help You Collect Psychotic Disorders Veterans Benefits
VA gives disability benefits to veterans with service-connected psychotic disorders. Some examples include:
- Schizophrenia (disorganized)
- Schizophrenia (catatonic)
- Schizophrenia (paranoid)
- Schizophrenia (undifferentiated)
- Schizophrenia (residual)
- Schizophrenia (unspecified)
- Delusional disorder
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Other specified and unspecified schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
A VA disability lawyer can help you file an appeal for schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder, and help you demonstrate a connection to your military service.
No matter your specific diagnosis, a lawyer can help you fight for the benefits you deserve. If you are not sure if a specific event during your military service led to your diagnosis, a lawyer can investigate by scouring your military records. Often times, there is no specific event or injury that triggered the onset of your schizophrenia or psychotic disorder, but if your symptoms began while you were in the service, we may be able to help you establish service connection.
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Trust A Lawyer to Fight for Full Disability Compensation for Your Service-Connected Psychotic Disorder
VA gives claimants with service-connected psychotic disorders one of several percentage ratings: 0, 10, 30, 50, 70, or 100 percent.
The monthly compensation you can expect for each of these ratings as of 2020 (for a single veteran with no dependents) is:
- 0 percent disability rating: zero dollars per month
- 10 percent disability rating: $142.29 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $435.69 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $893.43 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,426.17 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $3,106.04 per month
Here are the criteria used by the VA to determine which of these ratings you qualify for:
- 100 percent rating: “Total occupational and social impairment, due to such symptoms as: gross impairment in thought processes or communication; persistent delusions or hallucinations; grossly inappropriate behavior; persistent danger of hurting self or others; intermittent inability to perform activities of daily living (including maintenance of minimal personal hygiene); disorientation to time or place; memory loss for names of close relatives, own occupation, or own name.”
- 70 percent rating: “Occupational and social impairment, with deficiencies in most areas, such as work, school, family relations, judgment, thinking, or mood, due to such symptoms as: suicidal ideation; obsessional rituals which interfere with routine activities; speech intermittently illogical, obscure, or irrelevant; near-continuous panic or depression affecting the ability to function independently, appropriately and effectively; impaired impulse control (such as unprovoked irritability with periods of violence); spatial disorientation; neglect of personal appearance and hygiene; difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances (including work or a worklike setting); inability to establish and maintain effective relationships.”
- 50 percent rating: “Occupational and social impairment with reduced reliability and productivity due to such symptoms as: flattened affect; circumstantial, circumlocutory, or stereotyped speech; panic attacks more than once a week; difficulty in understanding complex commands; impairment of short- and long-term memory (e.g., retention of only highly learned material, forgetting to complete tasks); impaired judgment; impaired abstract thinking; disturbances of motivation and mood; difficulty in establishing and maintaining effective work and social relationships.”
- 30 percent rating: “Occupational and social impairment with occasional decrease in work efficiency and intermittent periods of inability to perform occupational tasks (although generally functioning satisfactorily, with routine behavior, self-care, and conversation normal), due to such symptoms as: depressed mood, anxiety, suspiciousness, panic attacks (weekly or less often), chronic sleep impairment, mild memory loss (such as forgetting names, directions, recent events).”
- 10 percent rating: “Occupational and social impairment due to mild or transient symptoms which decrease work efficiency and ability to perform occupational tasks only during periods of significant stress, or; symptoms controlled by continuous medication.”
- 0 percent rating: A mental condition has been formally diagnosed, but symptoms are not severe enough to interfere with occupational and social functioning or to require continuous medication.
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