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VA Title 38 U.S.C. 1151 claims

If you suffered an added disability, or your existing disability got worse, while you were getting VA medical care or taking part in a VA employment program, you may be able to get compensation. Keep reading to find out if you may be eligible.

Am I eligible for compensation from VA?

You may be eligible if you suffered an added disability, or your existing disability got worse, as the direct result of any of the reasons listed here. The added disability (or disability that got worse) must not have been a reasonably expected result or complication of treatment. 

At least one of these must have led directly to an added disability or to your disability getting worse:

  • 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)

If I’m eligible for added compensation, will my disability rating change?

No. If you’re eligible for added compensation under Title 38 U.S.C. 1151, the amount of your monthly compensation payment will change, but your disability rating will stay the same.

How do I get these benefits?

You can file a claim online now. You can also file by mail, in person, or with the help of a trained professional. 

Note: When you file, 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. 

File for disability compensation online

Learn about other ways to file a disability compensation claim

What if I have questions about these benefits?

You can call us at 800-827-1000. We’re here Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.