Here’s a little VA disability secret, many veterans are missing years of VA disability back pay and don’t even know it. This webpage goes over some of the most common VA disability back pay issues, explains VA disability back pay, and gives information about VA disability back pay appeals.
If you have more questions after reading through the article below, give us a call. There is never a cost to talk to our law firm about your VA disability back pay.
How to calculate your VA disability back pay.
When the VA determines your VA disability rating, you may receive some VA disability back pay. This will be a lump sum check for the benefits dating back to your effective date. In other words, you many receive money when your VA rating decision is made.
You may also receive VA disability back pay when your VA benefits appeal is decided. If the VA approves your earlier effective date claim, increased rating claim, or overturns your denial, VA disability back pay is generally awarded to the veteran. You want to double-check the VA’s decision. If you disagree with your VA disability back pay, you are going to want to file a VA disability rating appeal.
Here are the steps you need to take to calculate your veterans disability benefits back pay:
1. Figure out your correct VA disability rating: First, you are going to want to examine your VA rating decision letter. Did the VA correctly rate all your mental and physical impairments? What about your secondary service-connected disabilities? You want to make sure the VA gave the correct ratings first. Otherwise, your veterans disability benefits back pay calculations may be wrong.
2. Double-check the Combined Ratings Table: You need to do your own calculations to make sure your combined rating is correct. The VA makes a lot of mistakes. Remember, two 50% ratings do not equal a 100% VA disability rating. The VA has its own math.
3. Figure out your effective date: Many veterans’ effective dates are the date they filed the application. However, there are exceptions to this rule. Find out if you meet one of the exceptions. If you believe you fit into one of these categories, that is what you will want to argue on your VA disability appeal.
How much VA disability back pay could I be missing?
For example, suppose a veteran’s effective date is January 2015 and he is approved at a 100% veterans benefits rating in January 2017. That veteran should receive those two years of missing back pay.
Two years of missing back pay at a 100% VA disability rating is a whopping $69,763.92. Some veterans receive much less while others receive much more because different VA Regional Offices process applications at very different speeds.
Did the VA tell you that you are not missing VA disability benefits back pay? That decision is not final. Lots of veterans are forced to fight for the veterans benefits back pay they are owed. Do not give up! Many veterans are successful at getting their veterans benefits back pay.
What if my service-connected disabilities were denied?
If your service-connected disabilities were denied, you file a VA disability appeal, then are later successful, you should receive veterans benefits back pay. For some reason, a few veterans believe VA benefits back pay is only for low-ratings and initial applications – that is not true.
If you go through the VA disability benefits appeal process, it is likely your claim will not be decided overnight. The veterans disability benefits timeline show that some veterans will have to wait over three years.
Just remember, the entire time your VA disability appeal is going, you are accruing VA disability back pay.
Will I get back pay if I was denied Individual Unemployability?
Yes. Veterans that are given a correct rating, but denied Individual Unemployability, can recoup that lost money. Individual Unemployability back pay begins accruing at your effective date as well.
Suppose you were give a 90% VA disability rating, but denied Individual Unemployability. You probably already received your VA disability back pay owed on the 90% rating. But if the Individual Unemployability denial is overturned, you should receive a second round of veterans benefits back pay.
Remember, the difference between a 90% VA disability rating and Individual Unemployability benefits is over $1,000 a month. That means your VA disability back pay would be accruing at over $1,000 a month dating back to your effective date.
Do many veterans have missing VA disability back pay?
Yes! Your “effective date” will determine the day you should have started receiving VA disability payments. If you are approved years after the effective date you should receive VA disability back pay from the Veterans Administration. Often, the Veterans Administration gives the veteran or family an incorrect effective date; many veterans and their families don’t even realize it.
Some veterans may be able to go back to effective dates from old claims. In fact, we have seen some veterans be able to go back decades because an old claim was left open. That means VA disability back pay could have been accruing that whole time.
What kind of disabilities are eligible for VA disability benefits?
- You can receive VA disability benefits for any mental condition or physical condition that is service-connected.
- You can receive VA disability benefits for any mental or physical conditions that are secondary to your service-connected impairment.
- Low income veterans who are no longer able to work may be eligible for VA benefits as well.
- If a loved one passed away from a service-connected injury, your family could be entitled to monthly VA benefits.
Here are some of the most common conditions veterans are receiving VA disability benefits for:
- Anxiety Claims
- Bipolar Disorder
- Heart Disease
- Military Sexual Trauma
- Neck Pain
- Sleep Apnea
- Thyroid Disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Varicose Veins
Learn how to get your missing VA disability back pay.
To get your VA disability benefits retroactive payment you must first be eligible for veterans disability benefits. If you are not eligible for veterans disability benefits the Veterans Administration will owe you nothing. Veterans and family members eligible for veterans benefits may be rightfully owed VA disability back pay for VA Pension claims, VA disability claims, and widows DIC claims.
If you’re not sure where to start obtaining your VA disability back pay, give us a call. We are always happy to answer veteran’s questions. You can learn your rights a disabled veteran for free. Woods & Woods VA disability compensation lawyers can give you some advice and help you better understand your claim.
Can I afford an attorney to help with my VA disability back pay claim?
Yes! Woods and Woods never charges a penny unless we win your VA disability claim. We never bill by the hour or charge for a phone call. Woods and Woods will never ask for upfront fees. We only get paid when you get paid. Our fee is a percentage of your back pay and case expenses. Woods and Woods will never touch your future benefits.
Our veterans disability attorneys can always help with your eligibility and application questions at no cost.
Why call Woods & Woods about my VA disability back pay?
Woods and Woods was founded in 1985. We have one mission: to win your VA disability claim. Our VA disability lawyers have represented thousands of disabled veterans. Experience matters. When you call Woods & Woods, you can rest assured that you have a VA-certified disability attorney handling your claim.
Many veterans are missing years of VA disability back pay and don’t even know it. We never charge a penny unless we win your VA disability back pay claim. For your free VA disability back pay legal consultation, please fill out our online contact form or call toll-free (866) 232-5777.