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VA Disability Compensation and Parkinson's Disease
A Key Factor of Education and Ancillary Health Benefits is a Permanent Disability Rating.
Parkinson’s Disease is a disease of the central nervous system, characterized by the death of dopamine-producing cells in the brain.
With less dopamine, a person has less ability to control their movements, body, and their emotions.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease are known to be inclusive of the following:
• Motor Symptoms
• Delayed Movement.
• Poor Balance.
• Non-Motor Symptoms:
• Sleep Disturbance.
• Urinary Dysfunction.
• Swallowing Problems.
• Mood Disorders.
• Cognitive Deficits.
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VA Disability Ratings and Parkinson's Disease
The Department of Veterans Affairs rates Parkinson’s Disease under 38 CFR § 4.124a Schedule of Ratings, Neurological Conditions, and Convulsive Disorders – Diagnostic Code 8004.
This diagnostic code provides an automatic minimum of 30% as a rating.
Therefore, after the 30% minimum rating is applied, the Department of Veterans Affairs should follow up by evaluating symptoms and residuals that are associated with Parkinson’s Disease.
From there, they’d calculate the combined disability rating for those symptoms and assign the higher evaluation, or a combination of both.
Some examples of residuals/symptoms that the Department of Veterans Affairs can evaluate when assigning a rating can include the following:
• Difficulty Swallowing – DC-7203.
• Speech Problems – DC-8210.
• Bladder Incontinence – DC-7542.
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Secondary Service Connection for Disabilities Caused by Parkinson's Disease
As a neurological disorder, Parkinson’s Disease can also affect other systems of the body, which will lead to other disabilities.
In the instance of Parkinson’s Disease, a secondary service-connected disability would be one in which was caused by Parkinson’s itself. Below, are some of the conditions which may be considered secondary to Parkinson’s Disease:
• Irregular Heartbeat.
• Ischemic Heart Disease.
• Heart Failure.
• Gastrointestinal Complications.
• Sleep Apnea.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does It Cost To Hire You?
It does not cost you anything to hire our Veterans Benefits Law Firm as your attorneys. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not owe us anything unless we win you an award. Our firm charges 20%, which is deducted by the VA from your lump sum payment for retroactive benefits.
How Long Will It Take To Appeal My Benefits Denial?
While it can take six months or more for a Veteran to receive a decision on his or her initial benefits claim from the Department of Veterans Affairs, appeals could take 2 years of more. The Department of Veterans Affairs lacks the funding to properly staff and process benefits applications. The number of applications from recently returning Veterans must be dealt with while the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to actively work towards providing services to prior generations of Veterans.
How Do I Increase My Disability Rating?
Great question! If the condition that you are actively receiving disability benefits for has now ultimately worsened over time, you can file an increased rating claim. It’s fairly simple, and it involves filing out an online claim form or mailing a letter to your regional office documenting the change in your condition.
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