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How VA Assigns Disability Ratings

For each disability claim, we assign a severity rating from 0% to 100% in 10% increments (for example, 10%, 20%, 30%). We base this rating on the evidence—supporting documents like a doctor’s report or medical test results—you give us as well as other information we may get from other sources like federal agencies. File a claim now.

See the Combined Ratings page to learn how we calculate disability percentage for more than 1 disability. See Combined Ratings.

You may be paid added amounts in certain instances if:

  • You have a very severe disability or loss of limb
  • You have a spouse, child, or dependent parent
  • You have a seriously disabled spouse