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How to Get a 100% Disability Rating From the VA for PTSD

Tucker Law Group
August 15, 2021

It is difficult to get a 100% disability rating from the VA for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, it is not impossible. If you are a veteran that has received a VA disability claim denial, you can speak with an attorney to learn more about your appeal options. An experienced VA disability lawyer will review your claim, evaluate your condition, and help determine the best course of legal action.

A 100% PTSD rating means that your injury is so severe that you are unable to function in a job or everyday life. It must impact your ability to communicate, perform daily living activities, maintain hygiene, and hold down a job. This is such a significant impairment that the majority of veterans who suffer PTSD will not qualify for a 100% VA rating.

Understand Eligibility and How to Build Your Case

To qualify for disability benefits from the VA for your PTSD, you must show the VA that you experience significant impairment and symptoms, such as:

  • Obvious impairment in thought and communication
  • Ongoing delusions or hallucinations
  • Inappropriate behavior
  • The danger of hurting self or others
  • Intermittent ability to perform daily care
  • Disorientation to time and place
  • Memory loss
  • Inability to work

Taking a VA claim exam, or C&P exam, is one of the ways you can show the severity of your symptoms. It is an important part of the claim and compensation process and a necessary step if you want to receive a 100% disability rating from the VA for PTSD.

However, a C&P exam alone is rarely enough. You must prepare to submit further evidence. This can include statements from peers, professionals, relatives, and coworkers. These statements can show the VA the ways your life has suffered because of your PTSD. It provides valuable insight into how your specific disability has affected your life.

It is also helpful to submit medical opinions and examinations from qualified professionals. This may include psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, therapists, and medical staff. The more evidence you can provide – the better.

What Is the Average VA Disability Rating for PTSD?

Getting a 100% VA disability rating for PTSD is difficult and rare. The majority of veterans will suffer significant impairment due to their PTSD, but not to the degree the VA considers it to be a 100% disability. The average PTSD rating for veterans is currently 70%.

Do You Have Questions? Speak to a VA Disability Lawyer at Our Law Firm Today!

At the Tucker Law Group, we can answer your questions regarding appealing a VA disability claim denial. If you need help to appeal for your disability benefits, we want to help you. A VA appeal lawyer with our firm can work quickly and efficiently to help you through the appeals process so you can secure the benefits you deserve.

Contact our office by calling (866) 233-5044 or fill out our confidential contact form. Our law firm can provide legal counsel in all 50 states, as our attorneys are licensed in Florida and many federal courts around the country. We are here to help, so call us today.