Increasing Your VA Disability Rating from 90% to 100%

Increasing Your VA Disability Rating from 90% to 100%

A 90% disability rating sounds good. In 2024, a 90% rating will get a veteran with no dependents $2,241.91/month in veterans disability benefits and access to medical care. However, the difference in benefits at a 90% disability rating and benefits at a 100% disability rating are significant.

It’s beneficial to push a 90% rating to a 100% rating if you’re able. But, how can you make that happen? 

How to Increase Your VA Disability Rating

The best approach for trying to increase your disability rating from 90% to 100% will depend on your circumstances.

Add a Service-Connected or Secondary-Connected Condition

If you have another chronic medical condition that you believe is service-connected, or your service-connected condition has caused another condition, you may be able to increase your VA disability rating by adding that claim. Know, though, that the way the VA calculates combined ratings isn’t as simple as adding the ratings together. The higher the disability rating for your existing condition is, the harder it is to move up by adding a condition.

Try for Total Disability Due to Individual Unemployability (TDIU)

A veteran who is classified as TDIU can receive benefits at the 100% level, even though their actual rating is lower. This rating is available only to veterans who are unable to work steadily due to a service-connected condition. In most cases, the veteran will need either a 60% disability rating for a single condition or a 70% combined rating with one condition rated at 40%. However, in limited circumstances an extra-schedular TDIU designation is possible. 

Try to Increase Your Existing Rating

If you think your initial rating was too low, your service-connected medical condition has gotten worse or the VA’s standards for your condition have changed, you may be able to increase your existing rating. Note, though, that when you open the door to reassessing your rating, the VA can adjust your rating in either direction. In other words, you could end up with a lower rating. So, it’s important to make sure the evidence is on your side. 

Choosing the Best Path to a 100% Disability Rating for You

The best way to determine whether and how you should pursue an increase in your veterans disability benefits is to get knowledgeable guidance from an experienced disability benefits advocate. At Veterans Help Group, we understand the process and what the VA will be looking for with each type of claim. To learn more about how we can help, call (855) 855-8992 or fill out our contact form here.

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