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Gross Impairment – What Is Gross Impairment?

Military service requires certain sacrifices, but few know the depth of those sacrifices like those suffering from psychiatric impairments stemming from their days in the service. Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are commonly associated with such impairments. In some cases, the psychological damage is severe enough to prevent a veteran from working full-time.

Gross impairment is a term that refers to a person’s inability to effectively communicate or think clearly. It is a symptom that often leads to a veteran being declared disabled and unable to work. In many cases, people suffering from gross impairment as a side effect of their psychiatric disorder receive a Total Disability rating based on Individual Unemployability, also known as, TDIU.

Assessment Process for Gross Impairment

To determine if a veteran’s mental health prevents them from working, a doctor will need to perform an evaluation. The evaluation includes testing the patient on things like memory loss, relationships, work under pressure and their ability to perform daily activities can inform a diagnosis. The VA uses a General Rating formula for all psychiatric impairments. This includes PTSD, anxiety disorders and depressive disorders, among other afflictions.

Disability Ratings for the Grossly Impaired

For a veteran to receive a 100 percent rating for their psychiatric impairment, they must be considered totally impaired, both socially and occupationally. Gross impairment of their thoughts or communication can indicate impairment, as can hallucinations, memory loss and disorientation of time and place. When tested, the veteran must show signs of severe memory, attention and concentration impairments.

The VA assigns graduated ratings based on a veteran’s abilities. If a person has some abilities and is not totally disabled, they may be rated at 70, 50, 30 or 10 percent. Veterans with no evidence of psychiatric impairments will be rated at zero percent.

Compassionate Legal Advice

One of the benefits that Veterans Law Group provides is an independent medical examination (IME). This can help make an appeal much stronger. Oftentimes, there isn’t money for an IME to be provided, or the veteran doesn’t know that this is available. VLG provides these. Veterans seeking an appeal can click here to learn more about IMEs.

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  • We represent cases at all levels on appeal
  • We’ll obtain additional medical opinion evidence, when needed
  • We’ll arrange for Vocational Rehab experts to assist, when needed
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Gross Impairment – What Is Gross Impairment?

Military service requires certain sacrifices, but few know the depth of those sacrifices like those suffering from psychiatric impairments stemming from their days in the service. Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are commonly associated with such impairments. In some cases, the psychological damage is severe enough to prevent a veteran from working full-time.

Gross impairment is a term that refers to a person’s inability to effectively communicate or think clearly. It is a symptom that often leads to a veteran being declared disabled and unable to work. In many cases, people suffering from gross impairment as a side effect of their psychiatric disorder receive a Total Disability rating based on Individual Unemployability, also known as, TDIU.

Assessment Process for Gross Impairment

To determine if a veteran’s mental health prevents them from working, a doctor will need to perform an evaluation. The evaluation includes testing the patient on things like memory loss, relationships, work under pressure and their ability to perform daily activities can inform a diagnosis. The VA uses a General Rating formula for all psychiatric impairments. This includes PTSD, anxiety disorders and depressive disorders, among other afflictions.

Disability Ratings for the Grossly Impaired

For a veteran to receive a 100 percent rating for their psychiatric impairment, they must be considered totally impaired, both socially and occupationally. Gross impairment of their thoughts or communication can indicate impairment, as can hallucinations, memory loss and disorientation of time and place. When tested, the veteran must show signs of severe memory, attention and concentration impairments.

The VA assigns graduated ratings based on a veteran’s abilities. If a person has some abilities and is not totally disabled, they may be rated at 70, 50, 30 or 10 percent. Veterans with no evidence of psychiatric impairments will be rated at zero percent.

Compassionate Legal Advice

One of the benefits that Veterans Law Group provides is an independent medical examination (IME). This can help make an appeal much stronger. Oftentimes, there isn’t money for an IME to be provided, or the veteran doesn’t know that this is available. VLG provides these. Veterans seeking an appeal can click here to learn more about IMEs.

Need Help with
Your Disability Appeal?

Get Free Consultation

  • We represent cases at all levels on appeal
  • We’ll obtain additional medical opinion evidence, when needed
  • We’ll arrange for Vocational Rehab experts to assist, when needed
  • Free Consultation

"After several years of struggling with the VA and not much to show for it but frustration, your law group was a sign of relief. You guys reduced the level of stress significantly, knowing that I finally had someone on my side who understood how to work/deal with the VA system."

  • James H.|El Cajon, CA

    $20,680

"Best decision I have ever made was calling VLG for help. Mark Lippman walked me through everything from start to finish and without his help I would still be waiting on my claim. So thankful more than words can explain. By far the best lawyers I ever talked to or used or even heard people talk about. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You helped me more than I ever dreamed of."

  • Brian H.|North Carolina

    Awarded $92,000

Need Help with
Your Disability Appeal?

Get Free Consultation

  • We represent cases at all levels on appeal
  • We’ll obtain additional medical opinion evidence, when needed
  • We’ll arrange for Vocational Rehab experts to assist, when needed
  • Free Consultation

"I would have been denied 6 times without your help. In addition to your approach to dealing with all my medical issues, my case resulted in compensation I had not even considered. I will be recommending Veterans Law Group to every veteran I encounter seeking help. Mr. Lippman, I thank you and your team very, very much. God bless."

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    Mt. Pleasant, MI

$55,726