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Special Monthly Compensation
Is It Possible for Veterans to Receive More Than a 100% Disability Rating?
SMC, or Special Monthly Compensation are funds that are allocated to help disabled Veterans lead normal lives. The money can be and is often used for in-home assistance that is not a medical professional but is classified under “Aid and Attendance.”
This can be inclusive of things like paying for a care provider or family member to come and do laundry and cleaning your house, help bathing and using the restroom, and helping to feed the Veteran in question.
The various SMC ratings range from a Veteran being able to independently dress themselves, due to an amputation, all the way to a Veteran being completely bedridden.
These funds are not based on any income lost due to a disability/disabilities, but it is more based on the ability to provide Veterans with a higher quality of life.
Often, funds may not be used to pay for in-home aid, but they may go towards helping fund the equipment needed to bring new, assistive technology to a Veterans home.
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What Types of Disabilities Qualify for Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)?
The more common types of disabilities that qualify for SMC are as follows:
• Loss of hand, or foot.
• Loss of the use of a hand or foot (no function).
• Blindness in one, or both eyes.
• Deafness in one, or both ears.
• Being permanently unable to leave your bed.
• Loss of ability to speak.
• Loss of use of a reproductive/creative organ.
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So, Veterans Can Receive More Than a 100% Rating?
Yes, when your disability rating is calculated, it is separate from whether you qualify for SMC.
Often, we speak to Veterans who have assumed they will receive SMC automatically because they applied for VA Disability, and their rating states that they’ve lost the ability to use their arm or leg.
Said another way, SMC claims are additional benefits to whatever a Veteran is already receiving for through their standard VA Disability compensation.
They won’t receive retroactive back pay for this segment but will start receiving it monthly when approved by the VA.
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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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Furthermore, our clients do not need to go to a physical location or visit an office to receive our help. If there are any medical visits that are applicable to your claim, you can be seen at a facility that is close to your home. So, no matter where you are, if you need help, we’re here to fight for you the same way that you bravely fought to protect us.
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