Military veterans who developed eczema during or after their service may be eligible to collect VA disability benefits. You can receive monthly compensation and several additional VA perks for your service-connected eczema. A VA disability lawyer can help you appeal for disability and collect the supporting documentation for a strong case.
The VA disability appeal process is notorious for its complexity and unpredictability. Many veterans have gotten denial letters over small errors or minor omissions in their claims. A VA lawyer can help you avoid the many issues that have kept other veterans from getting benefits. For a free VA disability consultation, call (888) 392-5392 today.
Filing a Successful VA Disability Appeal for Eczema
VA’s disability program provides benefits to qualifying veterans with service-connected injuries and illnesses. The program has strict requirements that include having a certain level of military service and a medical condition meeting VA’s disability guidelines.
The military service requirements include serving on active duty, active duty training or qualifying inactive duty training.
You must also have a medical condition connected to or which developed in the course of your military service. VA has a list of conditions in the Schedule for Rating Disabilities and under each condition is the medical criteria required to collect disability for it.
If your condition does not appear in VA’s Schedule, you can qualify for VA disability by showing evidence that your condition is analogous to another listed condition. However, the unlisted condition and the listed condition must be closely analogous to the functions affected, the anatomical location and the symptomatology.
To learn more about the service requirements for VA disability, and to receive a free consultation with a VA attorney, call (888) 392-5392 today.
The VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities for Eczema
Eczema (along with dermatitis) has its own listing in the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities. If you have eczema, a lawyer may be able to help you prove you qualify for disability.
To receive a free VA disability consultation, call (888) 392-5392 today.
Putting Together a Successful VA Disability Appeal for Eczema
With the help of a VA disability lawyer, you can submit a thorough, compelling appeal that maximizes your chances of receiving a grant of approval of benefits for eczema.
For your appeal to be successful, it needs to demonstrate that:
- You have a diagnosis of eczema or dermatitis
- You suffered an injury, illness or exposure during a specific event in your military service (or that your condition began while you were in the service)
- There is a cause-and-effect medical link (or “nexus”) between the event and your diagnosis.
Diagnosis of Eczema
You first must show that you have a medical diagnosis of eczema.
A Specific Event in Your Military Service
You must identify an event from your military service in which you suffered an injury, illness or exposure or that your condition began while you were in the service.
A Nexus Between the Event and Your Diagnosis
Lastly, you submit a clear and compelling medical nexus between the event and your diagnosis. The evidence must show that it is at least as likely as not, your current eczema diagnosis arose from service, so it can be service-connected.
For a free VA disability case evaluation from one of our team members, call (888) 392-5392 today.
A VA Disability Lawyer Can Help You Appeal for the Most Compensation
VA disability compensation is not a fixed amount. Depending on how severe VA believes your functional limitations are, your monthly benefit check could be a modest sum, all the way up to several thousand dollars per month.
VA looks at your medical evidence and compares it to the rating criteria for your condition. It then assigns you a VA impairment rating, a number between 0 and 100%. Each rating on the scale corresponds to a monthly benefit amount.
The VA disability compensation rates for 2019 is:
0% rating: $0 per month (but eligible for free VA healthcare)
10% rating: $142.29 per month
20% rating: $281.27 per month
30% rating: $435.69 per month
40% rating: $627.61 per month
50% rating: $893.43 per month
60% rating: $1,131.68 per month
70% rating: $1,426.17 per month
80% rating: $1,657.80 per month
90% rating: $1,862.96 per month
100% rating: $3,106.04 per month
When reviewing a disability appeal for eczema, VA follows the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations rating criteria for skin conditions.
You can receive a 60% rating if you have either of the following:
- Characteristic lesions involving more than 40% of the entire body or more than 40% of exposed areas affected
- Constant or near-constant systemic therapy including, but not limited to, corticosteroids, phototherapy, retinoids, biologics, photochemotherapy, psoralen with long-wave ultraviolet-A light (PUVA), or other immunosuppressive drugs required over the past 12-month period
You can receive a 30% rating if you have either of the following:
- Characteristic lesions involving 20 to 40% of the entire body or 20 to 40% of exposed areas affected
- Systemic therapy including, but not limited to, corticosteroids, phototherapy, retinoids, biologics, photochemotherapy, PUVA, or other immunosuppressive drugs required for a total duration of six weeks or more, but not constantly, over the past 12 months
You can receive a 10% rating with at least one of the following:
- Characteristic lesions involving at least 5%, but less than 20%, of the body
- Having at least 5%, but less than 20%, of affected exposed areas
- Intermittent systemic therapy including, but not limited to, corticosteroids, phototherapy, retinoids, biologics, photochemotherapy, PUVA or other immunosuppressive drugs required for a total duration of fewer than six weeks over the past 12-month period.
If you have needed no more than topical therapy for the past 12 months, and your condition affects less than 5% of your body (or less than 5% of the exposed areas affected), you qualify for a rating of 0%.
For a Free VA Disability Case Evaluation, Call (888) 392-5392 Today
If you believe you should be service-connected for eczema or that you deserve a higher rating for your already service-connected eczema, a VA disability lawyer can help you file a successful VA disability appeal. For a free consultation, call (888) 392-5392 today.