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I’m currently waiting on 5 deferred claims all of which are now on Preparation for decision. If anyone of them are rated 10% but they don’t raise my overall rating. Do I still get backpay for that claim ? Or only if the overall rating is increase ? Thanks

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TominTucson Getting service connected for individual disabilities is of course important. The rating you receive for each individual disability is based on the symptoms that they find, and as we get older, sometimes the symptoms can get worse. If we put in for an increase, hopefully the VA finds in our favor and increase  that disability's rating. We all pretty much know that. Monthly disability compensation, however, is based on your combined disability rating, not the individual ratings for a disability. It is called VA Math; just another way the VA winds by their own rules. No, unfortunately, if your combined rating doesn't bump up after a favorable evaluation, your monthly disability check will not be any bigger. But even if your combined rating doesn't move, getting approved for a new s-c disability can  be important for you if they get worse. Even a 0% is therefore better than a denial. It could change in the future.

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They may, if you are awarded an effective date previous to what you have already received.  Otherwise, no back pay if it does not increase you overall combined percent.  

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