Getting a Higher Schedular Rating for Your VA Benefits

In a recent decision, King v. Shulkin, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) ruled that the Board of Veterans Claims (Board) cannot deny a veteran an extraschedular rating simply because there are higher schedular ratings available for more severe symptoms. The CAVC decision involved a Vietnam War Veteran who was granted a noncompensable rating for hearing loss in 2009. The VA examiner found “significant effects” on the Veteran’s occupation and noted poor social interactions and hearing difficulty. The veteran