The Ratings Decision

The initial determination from the Regional Office is called the Ratings Determination. If the local VA office either denies your claim or assigns a low or zero percentage of disability to the condition(s), the claim can be appealed to a Decision Review Officer at the Regional Office. At Quatrini Rafferty, our attorneys can assist you in filing an appeal, which must be filed within one year of the Ratings Decision. Unfortunately, the average wait time for a hearing on an appeal is 971 days. Prior to the hearing, an attorney from our office will meet with you to collect updated medical evidence and prepare you for the hearing.

Each condition has a specific code and rating percentage, which can be found here:

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&rgn=div5&view=text&node=38:1.0.1.1.5&idno=38

Each percentage has a specific payment rate, which can be found here:

http://benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/resources_comp01.asp

Contact us online or call 888-534-6016 for assistance in obtaining advice on applying for veterans disability compensation benefits or appealing an unfavorable decision.