Are You Eligible to Reexamine Your VA Disability?

If you are seeking VA disability benefits, it is important to understand the process to determine your benefits. It all starts with a disability examination by a VA doctor.

During your examination, your doctor will determine the percentage of disability from each of your injuries. If you have multiple injuries that each cause some percentage of disability there is a formula that will help to determine your disability payout. 

If you are currently receiving VA disability, you have already had your first determination of benefits. If you accept the determination that was given and choose not to appeal, your payment should not change unless your disability level changes. 

Reexaminations Can Cut Both Ways

When you receive your initial disability assessment, it comes with the caveat that your payment can go down if your disability decreases. With many injuries, time reduces their impact, and you might regain functionality.

When you received your first determination of benefits, it included two scheduled reexaminations. The first reexamination occurs 6 months after The end of your service. The second reexamination will vary a bit based on your disabling injury or illness but is typically three to five years from the end of your service. 

The primary purpose of your reexamination is to determine if your injuries have improved and your disability has decreased. If that is the case, your disability payment will decrease as well. 

Even though the VA’s primary purpose in having a reexamination is to ensure you are not being overpaid if your disability level is decreased, there are situations where your disability could increase and your reexamination could lead to an increase in your pay. 

Other Reasons to Reexamine Your Disability

In addition to your scheduled reexaminations, the VA may request a reexamination if it has reason to believe your disability has changed. There are a few reasons this could occur.

If the VA receives a report that you are no longer as disabled, they will request a reexamination. If you are seeing VA doctors and you have an increase in disability, they might report that as well. 

In addition to the VA requesting a reexamination, you might need to request a reexamination as well. 

If you disagree with the VAs initial determination, you will need to file an appeal. Part of this appeal process will include a reexamination. This reexamination can be completed by a VA doctor or another physician. 

The final scenario where you might need to request a reexamination is if you feel that your level of disability is increasing, and you are between scheduled exams. This could be from many different sources, including degeneration of physical injuries, or illnesses connected to your service getting worse. 

Regardless of the cause, if you feel that your disability is increasing, it is important to get a VA disability rating reexamination scheduled as soon as possible. 

Get Help If You Need It

Navigating the various rules and red tape associated with disability ratings can be complicated in the best of times, and even more so if changing needs has led to you needing to be reexamined. If this is the case, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with a disability attorney. 

A disability attorney will understand all of the forms that you will be required to complete and will help you not only get the best determination possible but also to get it sooner. An attorney will be able to make sure you complete all of the necessary steps, in the order that you need to.

In summary, if you disagree with your disability determination or you feel like things might have changed, don’t hesitate to request a reexamination. If you have any difficulty with the process, seek help from a professional disability attorney. You served your country, and deserve to be properly taken care of for whatever injuries you sustained while doing so. 

Andre Matthew
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