09 Nov PTSD VA Disability Rating
According to an audit done by the Veterans Benefits Administration, 239,000 veterans received a 100 percent disability rating as of 2009. There are currently 3.9 million disability compensation recipients. That means that approximately six percent of disabled veterans currently receive enough benefits to live off of. Unfortunately, however, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is usually not enough to receive a 100 percent disability rating. At most, PTSD often gets an inflicted veteran a 50 percent disability rating. Disability ratings are determined based on the severity of the injury and how much the disability hinders one’s ability to work. PTSD is a highly debilitating condition, yet acquiring a 100 percent PTSD VA disability rating is difficult to achieve.
Obtaining a 100 percent PTSD VA Disability Rating
If you suffer from PTSD and it affects your ability to obtain and maintain gainful employment, you may still be entitled to a 100 percent disability rating. This PTSD disability rating would not be classified under the typical disability rating schedule. Instead, it would be considered a total disability rating based upon individual unemployability—or a TDIU rating. If you hope to receive a 100 percent PTSD VA disability rating, you must be able to articulate to the Veterans Benefits Association why you are unable to work to obtain a living wage. Common reasons that veterans are unable to work because of PTSD include:
- They do not feel safe outside of their home. A common side effect of PTSD is the inability to feel safe outside of one’s own home. If you are fearful whenever you leave the comfort of your home—whether because you fear that someone will harm you, or because you have anger-management issues and fear that you might lose your temper and harm others—you may find it difficult, if not impossible, hold down a typical full-time job.
- They feel like their job performance is a matter of life or death. Another common side effect of PTSD is that being at work—even if in an office environment—often feels like being back in combat. For some veterans, this could result in a refusal to follow the boss’s orders if they feel that the orders are “wrong,” getting angry when criticized, or doing and redoing an assignment from start to finish until it is done perfectly. This type of behavior can be unacceptable in the workplace and can make a person “unemployable” by some employers’ standards.
Get Help from a Mt Pleasant Veterans’ Disability Benefits Attorney
We understand that it can be difficult for a veteran to admit that they suffer from PTSD, much less admit that the condition severely affects their ability to maintain gainful employment. However, there is nothing to be ashamed of. If you suffer from PTSD, and if you have found it difficult to maintain employment for any extended length of time, you may qualify for a 100 percent disability rating. A 100 percent PTSD disability rating could help you get the compensation you need.
For help with filing a TDIU claim and proving to the VA that you need TDIU benefits to maintain a comfortable lifestyle, contact our Mount Pleasant veterans’ disability benefits attorneys today.