Our Attorneys Explains the Agencies Who Oversee Disability Benefits
When it comes to veterans’ benefits, each veteran has had unique experiences and may be eligible for different programs. While some military benefits are constantly changing, others remain the same. Common veterans perks include medical care and disability assistance.
Have you ever wondered who governs disability benefits? In today’s blog, the attorneys at Davidson Law Group present a brief overview of the federal agencies that administer veterans and disability benefits.
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Social Security Administration
If you have a medical condition, you may wonder if you qualify for certain benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a manual that lists many kinds of impairments.
Blue Book Manual
Back injuries, cardiovascular conditions, vision and hearing loss, respiratory illnesses and other disorders are examples of afflictions found in the manual. However, an illness or disease does not need to be listed in this manual in order for you to qualify for disability benefits. The blue book is simply a guideline for military veterans to be more informed.
How They Decide if You Are Disabled
The SSA has a step-by-step process for determining if you are disabled. The five questions asked are:
- Are you working?
- Is your condition “severe”?
- Is your condition found in the list of disabling conditions?
- Can you do the work you did previously?
- Can you do any other type of work?
Your medical conditions, age, education, past work experience, and any transferable skills are all investigated by the SSA. If you can’t do other work, the SSA will decide you are disabled. If you can do other work, they’ll determine you don’t have a qualifying disability and your claim will be denied. As you learn more about the disabling determination process, our attorneys are available to answer any questions you might have. You can schedule a free consultation on our website.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) takes each individual injury or illness into consideration and gives it a numerical disability rating.
Each rating is represented by a percentage divisible by 10 (10%, 20%, 30%, etc.). The VA stacks these disabilities and uses math to identify your overall disability rate. The rating system is complex, as there are separate ratings for single disabilities as opposed to multiple disabilities. Reach out to our Davidson Law Group attorneys for further clarification on the rating system and the compensation rates that apply to you.
Consider how your disabilities affect your work performance and daily activities. The VA examines how efficient you are after the disability. Know that many disability ratings are temporary and the VA holds the right to reexamine the disability rating at any time.
Contact Davidson Law Group Today
Exploring the criteria and qualifications for each program on your own can be overwhelming. Consult with an attorney at the Davidson Law Group so we can aid you in receiving the benefits that you earned by serving our country. To learn more, contact us today in Fort Worth, Allen, or Tyler.