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Title 38 U.S.C. 1151 Claims

If you suffered an added disability while getting VA medical care or taking part in a VA program designed to help you find, get, or keep a job, you may be able to get compensation.

Can I get compensation from VA?

You can get compensation from VA if you have an added disability or an injury or disease got worse as a direct result of:

  • VA carelessness or negligence, or
  • VA medical or surgical treatment, or
  • A VA health exam, or
  • A VA vocational rehabilitation course (under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 31), or
  • VA compensated work therapy (CWT)(under 38 U.S.C. 1718)

And the added disability wasn’t a reasonably expected result or complication of treatment.

Who’s covered?


What kind of benefits can I get?


How do I get these benefits?

You’ll need to apply for benefits. When you apply, you’ll have to show that the added disability happened because of VA medical care or a VA program designed to help you find, get, or keep a job. Apply for benefits.

We’ll award any compensation payments in the same way we would if your disability was related to your military service (a service-connected disability).