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The VA Disability Rating System: How the VA Determines the Severity of Your Disability

When you apply for VA Disability Benefits, the VA will assess the severity of your disability in order to determine the amount of benefits you are entitled to. The VA uses a rating system to measure the extent to which your disability impacts your ability to function.

The VA rates disabilities on a scale from 0 to 100 percent, with higher ratings resulting in higher monthly benefits. A rating of 0 percent means that your disability is recognized as service-connected, but it does not significantly impact your ability to function. A rating of 100 percent means that your disability is so severe that it prevents you from maintaining substantially gainful employment.

The VA will consider a number of factors when determining your disability rating, including your medical records, the results of any physical examinations, and any other evidence you provide. The VA will also consider the specific symptoms you experience and how they impact your ability to function.

If you disagree with the VA’s disability rating, you have the right to appeal the decision. An attorney can help you navigate the process and advocate on your behalf.