The VA Disability Rating is a percentage assigned to a service-dependent disability status. Depends on the severity of the medical condition. This rating ratio determines the amount of disability benefits veterans receive against the terms of their service. The rating ratio is intended to reflect the severity of a medical condition.
A 0% rating is assigned to a condition that doesn’t really affect the veteran negatively at all, while a 100% rating is given to a condition that renders the veteran unable to function or take care of themselves properly. Each rating percentage is rounded to the nearest 10 percent, such as 40%, 50%, 60%, etc.
Can I use my disability classification in order to get Social Security disability benefits?
If you receive VA benefits but are still able to work, you will likely not be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. If you are unable to work, you may be able to qualify for both VA and SSD. You can use your medical records to help prove that you qualify for SSD benefits.
What is the difference between the benefits of VA and SSD?
The money used to pay Social Security Disability (SSDI) claims comes from taxes paid by workers under the Self-Employment Contributions Act and the Federal Insurance Contributions Act. However, on the other hand, Victim Assistance Disability Benefit is not insurance but merely a compensation program that grants benefits to veterans who sustained an injury while performing military service.
VA Disability comes from a specific VA budget for the Veterans Administration and not the taxes paid by military personnel. This means that as long as you have paid federal taxes, you may still be eligible for an SSDI if you meet the disability requirements as stated by the SSA for SSDI eligibility.
How a 100% Rating Can Give You an Urgent Claim for an SSD
The SSA automatically identifies those veterans who meet the VA’s 100% permanent and total disability compensation rating. However, on occasion, veterans may have to identify themselves as meeting the classification and provide a VA notification letter as evidence. Therefore, a VA compensation rating of 100% permanent and total is not necessarily a guarantee that you will receive Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits.
In order to be approved for these benefits, you must meet the Social Security definition of a disability. This means that you must meet the following criteria:
- Your medical condition(s) must have already persisted, or is expected to last for at least 12 months or be fatal;
- You must not be able to engage in substantial work due to your medical condition(s).
Get help with your disability claim
The Social Security Agreement (SSA) never makes it easy to qualify for disability benefits, so you should consider seeking help from an attorney who may quickly decide whether you qualify for an SSDI. An attorney may assist you in completing the required forms as well as ensuring that all valid medical evidence is included in your application.
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