Veterans may find that disability payments processed through the Department of Veterans Affairs help them deal with financial obligations. Sometimes, a recipient may receive payments and later require an increase in the amount. Texas veterans who find themselves in this position could feel relieved to discover that a formal process exists to request an increase.
Filing for increased disability compensation
When seeking an increase in VA compensation benefits, the applicant must prove that their condition has worsened. Those applying for an increase in compensation already have a “rated service-connected disability,” so they would not submit an initial claim for benefits.
Those already receiving benefits might be familiar with the process. Applicants may discover that the Veteran Affairs department applies scrutiny on applications for increased compensation, so veterans should expect to provide the necessary evidence to support their claims. The evidence typically comes in the form of medical records from the VA and hospitals. Outdated records may not be sufficient to receive an approval from the department.
Approvals and denials from the VA
The application for increased benefits might require more evidence than the applicant realized. The VA even suggests providing statements from friends, family members and others noting how the condition worsened. Those unfamiliar with the process may receive requests for additional information or find that their application faces a denial.
A VA disability denial could greatly upset someone whose condition has worsened. However, an appeals process exists and involves sending a Notice of Disagreement letter. Addressing a denial does require following deliberate steps. Those struggling with the initial request or dealing with a denial may benefit from assistance.
An attorney may take steps to help a veteran seeking increased compensation. The attorney may also represent the client if he or she suffers an initial denial.