Understanding Your Schizophrenia VA Rating
Service-related schizophrenia can have a profound impact on your ability to live your day-to-day life, and is also often poorly understood by physicians and by the VA’s administrative apparatus. Although the symptoms can be serious, veterans are sometimes still denied the help they need and deserve. If you find that your disability is preventing you from working, you should absolutely make sure you are maximizing your benefits. This is where the disability attorneys of Veterans Law Group can step in.
As a veteran, you served your country, and may have experienced things most civilians cannot even imagine. The benefits you need aren’t some kind of charity — they’re a debt your country owes you. Yet, at the end of the day, the VA is a government bureaucracy. It employs more people than live in the city of Cleveland, and has a budget of $240 billion. You can find yourself up against a large and complex system all alone. But an experienced VA disability attorney can help. If your disability has been underrated or benefits were denied, our lawyers can provide the support, knowledge and aggressive representation you’ve earned. You completed your mission. This one’s ours.
The schizophrenia VA rating range is from 10% to 100%, depending on the severity of symptoms. Lay testimony, organized evidence and representation by a lawyer can help increase your VA disability rating and thus, your compensation. Your friends and coworkers can effectively describe how your symptoms affect your daily life, and an experienced VA disability lawyer can assemble a case, get that testimony heard and help you get the proper compensation.
The VA rates disability from service-related schizophrenia according to the following symptoms. Please note that these are general descriptions — your Veterans Law Group attorney can provide you with much more specific information.
Understanding The VA Disability Rating Levels
For a 10% rating, symptoms are transient or sporadic. Or, if your symptoms are more severe, medication can control or eliminate them.
This disability rating is perhaps the most common. It is appropriate if the aforementioned symptoms are worse than 10% but still manageable. Your symptoms might interfere with social interaction and job performance, even though you are “generally” able to function “satisfactorily.”
A 50% rating is appropriate if symptoms include lethargy, speech impairment, memory and/or thought impairment, weekly panic attacks, difficulty in understanding complex instructions, or trouble maintaining healthy social relationships.
At this level, you are likely finding it difficult to keep a job. Specific symptoms include suicidal thoughts, near-continuous panic attacks or depression, inability to manage stressful situations, and neglect of personal hygiene.
Generally, at this disability rating you either are unable to leave your house or need constant supervision. Some total disability symptoms include gross thought impairment, hallucinations and/or delusions, disorientation as to place, time, and situation, and possibly being a danger to yourself or others.
Schizophrenia VA Rating: Reach Out to a Dedicated Attorney
Making sure you get the benefits you deserve is what our firm is all about — all day, every day. Because of our deep, hands-on knowledge of how the VA operates, and which factors will move the needle, we can help you put together the strongest possible case for increasing your disability rating. And we can present it in a way the VA will respect, understand and take very seriously.
For a free consultation with an experienced VA disability lawyer, contact the Veterans Law Group. We represent veterans anywhere in the United States.