Military veterans with service-connected chronic hives are eligible to collect VA disability, which may include monthly compensation, free VA health care, and many other services and benefits. If you have filed a VA disability claim for chronic hives and been denied, a disability lawyer can help you put together a successful appeal.
The VA disability process is notoriously complex, and it has undergone a sweeping overhaul in recent months. A VA disability lawyer can help you navigate the system and make sure your appeal is thorough and compelling. To receive a free consultation today, call (888) 392-5392.
Filing a Successful VA Disability Appeal for Chronic Hives
To receive VA disability, you must meet the program’s service requirements as well as its medical and evidence requirements. The service requirements are the same for everyone, no matter your injury or illness. The medical requirements are highly specific to each qualifying health condition.
The military service requirements for VA disability are active duty service or service inactive duty training or qualifying service in inactive duty training. You must also have a diagnosis of a medical condition connected to your military service.
If you are planning to file a VA disability appeal for chronic hives, a lawyer can help you collect and assemble the documents you need to make it clear you meet all of VA’s requirements. For a free consultation, call (888) 392-5392 today.
The VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities
The VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities features a listing for chronic urticaria (the medical name for chronic hives). This listing stipulates the requirements for the different levels of impairment ratings for this condition. (Your impairment rating determines how much you receive in monthly compensation.)
An attorney can help you get the best impairment rating available based on the severity of your symptoms. For a free case evaluation, call (888) 392-5392 today.
Winning Your VA Disability Appeal for Chronic Hives
To win a VA disability appeal for chronic hives, your evidence and supporting documentation must be clear and compelling, and it must demonstrate three things:
- You have received a diagnosis of chronic urticaria (hives)
- You endured a specific event in your military service caused you to become ill or that your condition began in the service
- There is a nexus between the event/onset and your condition
Diagnosis of Chronic Hives
You must submit medical evidence showing that you have been diagnosed with chronic hives.
An Event in Your Military Service
You must submit evidence that you endured a specific event during your military service in which you became ill or experienced an onset of your symptoms
A Nexus Between the Event and Your Condition
You also must show that a medical nexus exists between the identified event/onset and your diagnosis of chronic hives. This evidence must establish that it is at least as likely as not that your present condition is related to the in-service event/onset.
To set up a free VA disability consultation with a dedicated legal team today, call (888) 392-5392.
Contact a VA Disability Attorney for Help Filing an Appeal for the Highest Level of VA Disability Benefits
A successful VA disability appeal is one that not only gets approved but also gets you the highest possible monthly compensation level. VA disability is not a flat rate. It varies substantially, and your level of compensation depends on your VA impairment rating. VA assigns this rating from 0 to 100 percent based on how severe it believes your condition is.
Each impairment rating on the scale of 0 to 100 percent (in increments of 10 percent) corresponds to a specific level of compensation. The disability compensation rate as of late 2019 for a single veteran with no dependents is:
- 0 percent rating: $0 per month
- 10 percent rating: $142.29 per month
- 20 percent rating: $281.27 per month
- 30 percent rating: $435.69 per month
- 40 percent rating: $627.61 per month
- 50 percent rating: $893.43 per month
- 60 percent rating: $1,131.68 per month
- 70 percent rating: $1,426.17 per month
- 80 percent rating: $1,657.80 per month
- 90 percent rating: $1,862.96 per month
- 100 percent rating: $3,106.04 per month
The VA impairment ratings available for a diagnosis of chronic hives are 10, 30, and 60 percent. The VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities provides separate criteria for receiving a grant of approval at each of these benefit levels.
A disability lawyer can help you file an appeal if you were denied benefits, and they can fight for the highest possible rating. An attorney can also help if you received a grant of benefits but at a lower impairment rating than you think you deserve. (For example, if you got approved at a 30 percent rating but feel you deserve a 60 percent rating, you have the right to appeal.)
The VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities defines chronic urticaria as continuous urticaria at least twice per week, off treatment, for six weeks or more. To get approved at any rating, you must meet this basic guideline.
- 60 percent rating: To receive a 60 percent rating, you must have chronic refractory urticaria that requires third-line treatment for control (such as plasmapheresis, immunotherapy, immunosuppressives) due to ineffectiveness with first- and second-line treatments.
- 30 percent rating: For a 30 percent rating, your chronic urticaria must require second-line treatment (e.g., corticosteroids, sympathomimetics, leukotriene inhibitors, neutrophil inhibitors, thyroid hormone) for control.
- 10 percent rating: To receive a 10 percent rating, you must have chronic urticaria that requires first-line treatment (antihistamines) for control.
To Set Up a Free VA Disability Consultation, Call (888) 392-5392
An attorney can help you file a successful VA disability appeal. For a free consultation and case evaluation, call (888) 392-5392 today.