Schizophrenia is common among veterans. Veterans disability benefits for schizophrenia are available to those that qualify. This article covers most things you’ll need to know for a schizophrenia VA disability claim. We’ll cover applying for schizophrenia benefits, denials, appeals, and give a few pieces of information we have learned over the years of representing disabled veterans. If you have more questions after reading the article below, feel free to reach out to our lawyers for help. There is never a cost for legal consultation.
Can you receive veterans disability benefits for schizophrenia?
Yes. Veterans who can prove their schizophrenia was caused or worsened by their active-duty service may be eligible. Schizophrenia can be a life-changing illness and may render many veterans disabled. The good news is that the Veterans Administration pays veterans disability benefits for schizophrenia to lots of veterans. You are not alone in this battle.
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How much do veterans disability benefits for schizophrenia pay monthly?
Some disabled veterans with schizophrenia are receiving over $3,400 a month. The amount of monthly compensation you receive from the Veterans Administration depends on the severity of your mental and physical conditions. If you are applying for schizophrenia, you will also want to apply for all your other mental and physical conditions. The Veterans Administration will consider all the impairments that you apply for and give you a disability rating. All of your service-connected disabilities will be added up and you will receive a combined disability rating. But beware, Veterans Administration math is complicated. If you have two disabilities of 10% it does not necessarily equal a 20% VA rating.
What if I was denied veterans disability benefits for schizophrenia?
The Veterans Administration denies schizophrenia VA disability claims for many reasons. The most common reason is because the VA made a mistake when adjudicating the schizophrenia VA disability claim. This will probably surprise you, but the VA makes a lot of mistakes. They deny claims that are clearly legitimate all the time. If you were denied veterans disability benefits for schizophrenia, don’t be discouraged. But do be ready to go through the lengthy appeal process. Many schizophrenia VA disability appeals will take four to five years to complete. The VA is painfully slow.
The second most common reason the VA will deny veterans disability benefits for schizophrenia is because the veteran simply didn’t submit enough evidence. You can’t assume the VA is going to comb through your Claims File (C-File) and request your medical records. One of the reasons our lawyers have been so successful at schizophrenia VA disability claims is because we submit strong, indisputable evidence. We work with doctors, psychologists, and vocational experts to obtain reports that are submitted with appeals. If you wish to obtain veterans disability benefits for schizophrenia, make sure you are presenting the strongest evidence you can to the VA.
The third most common reason we see the VA deny veterans disability benefits for schizophrenia is a lack of service-connection. You must show how your military service caused or aggravated your schizophrenia. Many veterans are denied veterans disability benefits for schizophrenia because they failed to tell the VA how their condition is service-connected when they applied. Our veterans disability benefits lawyers often use reports from psychologists to detail how schizophrenia is related to our clients military service.
If you were denied veterans disability benefits for schizophrenia within the last one year, you can appeal. Appealing can be difficult to do on your own and we highly suggest to speak with our VA benefits appeals lawyers before you submit anything to the Veterans Administration. If your appeal period is over you can reapply.
Can I get Individual Unemployability benefits for schizophrenia?
Total Disability Individual Unemployability benefits are available to veterans with schizophrenia. If you are unable to work because of your service-connected mental and physical impairments you may be eligible for TDIU benefits. Schizophrenia could render a veteran unemployable and they could be eligible for TDIU benefits.
Who qualifies to receive Veterans Disability Benefits for schizophrenia?
The Veterans Administration has a very strict guidelines for who is and who is not eligible for Veterans Disability Benefits. You are going to need medical documentation of your mental and physical impairments. It can help your claim if you are still treating with a doctor for the mental and physical impairments. The Veterans Administration is going to want evidence to back up your claims. Besides providing sufficient medical documentation, you are going to have to meet many other eligibility criteria. If you aren’t sure about your eligibility, give Woods & Woods a call. There is no cost to learn about your eligibility.
Is schizophrenia common amongst veterans?
Some of the evidence is conflicting. According to CNN “almost 25% of nearly 5,500 active-duty, non-deployed Army soldiers surveyed tested positive for a mental disorder of some kind, and 11% within that subgroup also tested positive for more than one illness.” Veterans Affairs claims that schizophrenia “is a fairly common disorder – about one in every hundred people (1%) develop schizophrenia.” But US Medicine found that “within the VA, 4% of veterans in care have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, but they occupy more hospital beds than veterans with any other illness. Among active duty personnel, the incidence rate is 0.14 per 1,000 person-years.” The exact numbers on veterans with schizophrenia is unclear. What we do know is schizophrenia in veterans is common.
About Veterans Disability Benefits for Schizophrenia
Veterans with schizophrenia may be entitled to VA disability benefits from the Veterans Administration. If your schizophrenia was caused by military service, you may be eligible. If a veteran entered the military with schizophrenia and their active-duty service made it worse, they may be eligible.
Schizophrenia is a life-changing illness that often renders many veterans unable to work. Many veterans with schizophrenia are entitled to Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits. This monthly compensation is available to veterans whose service-connected disabilities prevent them from keeping or obtaining employment.
Schizophrenia’s Link to Other Health Problems
Schizophrenia has been linked to depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, alcoholism, bipolar disorder, and many other health problems. The illnesses related to a veterans schizophrenia may also be considered service-connected. That means that veterans may also be able to receive veterans disability benefits for their secondary service-connected impairments. Many veterans do not even realize that schizophrenia is related to their other service-connected impairments. Because they don’t realize the connection, they never apply for veterans benefits with all their medical conditions.
Early Warning Signs of Schizophrenia
- Social withdrawal
- Inability to cry or express joy
- Odd or irrational statements
- Hostility or suspiciousness
- Inappropriate laughter or crying
- Forgetful; unable to concentrate
- Deterioration of personal hygiene
- Extreme reaction to criticism
- Flat, expressionless gaze
- Oversleeping or insomnia
- Strange use of words or way of speaking
Monthly Veterans Disability Benefits for Schizophrenia
The amount you will receive monthly from the Veterans Administration depends upon how many impairments you have. The Veterans Administration will also consider the severity of those impairments. You will be assigned a VA disability rating, which will determine how much you are paid monthly.
Many veterans are receiving over $3,400 a month from the Veterans Administration in veterans disability benefits. Some veterans are even owed a lump sum check from the Veterans Administration when they are approved for their VA benefits. That payment is called back pay and it can amount to a substantial sum of money.
Applying for Veterans Disability Benefits for Schizophrenia
If you need assistance applying for veterans disability benefits for schizophrenia, give our law firm a call. We never charge for help with the application process. You can ask us all the questions you like about trying to obtain veterans benefits for schizophrenia. We will help you understand your legal options. Many veterans don’t apply for VA disability benefits because the task looks too daunting.
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Hiring a Lawyer to Obtain Veterans Disability Benefits for Schizophrenia
Woods & Woods veterans disability benefits lawyers have served thousands of disabled veterans. Our lawyers have fought for injured and disabled people since 1985. We know veterans benefits law. Our VA disability compensation lawyers are highly-skilled and even teach VA law at national conferences. We fight the Veterans Administration to get veterans the money and help they deserve.
When you hire Woods & Woods, you’ll get a VA-certified disability attorney. You will only pay our lawyers if your claim is successful. If you have more questions about veterans disability benefits for schizophrenia, reach out to us. Our veterans benefits lawyers never charge for a legal consultation. We can evaluate your schizophrenia VA disability benefits claim and discuss your legal options. Veterans disability benefits for schizophrenia can be difficult to obtain, but we can help you through the legal process.