VA Compensation for Cognitive Disorders — Everything You Need To Know
If you are a veteran with a cognitive disorder related to your military service, you could be eligible to collect VA disability benefits. Unfortunately, recovering these benefits can be difficult. A VA disability lawyer can help you compile a compelling appeal for cognitive disorder veterans’ benefits.
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Cognitive Disorders Eligible for VA Disability
Cognitive disorders include any condition that impairs memory, learning, thinking or problem-solving. The VA uses a schedule of ratings that lists many cognitive disorders eligible for disability benefits:
- Neurocognitive Disorders Due to HIV/Infections
- Neurocognitive Disorders due to Traumatic Brain Injury
- Vascular Neurocognitive Disorders
- Neurocognitive Disorders due to Alzheimer’s disease
- Cognitive Disorders Due to another medical condition
- Medication/ Substance Abuse
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Count on a VA Disability Lawyer to Build Your VA Disability Appeal
A VA disability lawyer knows how to build a strong VA disability appeal for a cognitive disorder. By gathering evidence and compellingly organizing and presenting your appeal, you can demonstrate three things to the VA.
You Have a Valid Diagnosis
A VA disability lawyer can gather your medical records and other supporting documentation to make it clear that you have a diagnosis
An event took place during your military service that contributed to or caused your condition or that your condition began during your service.
There is a Nexus Between Your Condition and the In-Service Event
For your appeal for VA disability to be successful, you must be able to show a nexus between your condition and the in-service event. There must be a direct connection between this event and your condition.
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VA Disability Lawyers Help You Collect the Full Benefits You Deserve
A VA disability lawyer can not only help you get approved for VA disability but also fight for the highest compensation level.
The VA rates disabilities on a scale of 0 to 100%. The higher your VA disability rating, the higher your monthly compensation. If you get approved for VA disability benefits for a cognitive disorder, you will receive one of five ratings: 10, 30, 50, 70, or 100%.
As of 2019, the disability compensation levels for each of these ratings (for a single veteran with no dependents) are:
- 0% disability rating: $0 per month
- 10% disability rating: $142.29 per month
- 30% disability rating: $435.69 per month
- 50% disability rating: $435.69 per month
- 70% disability rating: $1,426.17 per month
- 100% disability rating: $3,106.04 per month
Here is the mental health schedule of ratings VA uses to determine which of these ratings you qualify for:
- 100% 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% 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 work-like setting); inability to establish and maintain effective relationships.”
- 50% 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% 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% 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% rating: “A mental condition has been formally diagnosed, but symptoms are not severe enough either to interfere with occupational and social functioning or to require continuous medication.”
A VA disability lawyer can help you build a compelling appeal that paints a picture of the full extent of your cognitive disorder, one which yields the highest possible rating.
Call (888) 392-5392 Today for a Free VA Disability Case Evaluation
You do not need to handle your cognitive disorder disability benefits appeal alone. Call (888) 392-5392 for a free case evaluation.