What is a GAF Score in VA disability cases for PTSD
Our firm handles many VA disability cases, but the most common case we handle are those associated with PTSD claims. As mentioned before, many PTSD cases fail because they don’t have adequate medical evidence to support their claim. One of the things I have found that the VA focuses on is the GAF score. What is the GAF score? It is the Global Assessment of Functioning Score. Let me explain briefly why this is important.
The GAF score is used by a clinician to assess a person’s ability to function. For VA cases that involve PTSD it is important to understand that the GAF score is vital to the success of a claim. Thus, the higher the GAF score the better the person is functioning. The lower the score the worse a person is functioning.
The GAF scale is a 100 point scale that measures the person’s overall psychological, emotional and social functioning.
The score is usually gathered in less than 5 minutes and allows for a methodical approach to the patients mental health issues and limitations. Why this score is so important to PTSD cases is because the VA has their guidelines of what should be considered for purposes of rating a veteran at a certain level. For example, there are guidelines to rate a veteran at 30% or 50% or 100% disabled for PTSD. The GAF score helps show the VA how the veteran is functioning in society, which is vital to the consideration of what level of disability one could obtain.
As with any legal issue or case, it is important to prepare adequately for the PTSD including preparing for the administering of the GAF test. Our firm is experienced in helping Veterans get the disability they deserve and we are very familiar with the ways that the VA gets around helping veterans. That is why we are here to operate as your advocate. If you know somebody who is fighting to get their VA disability have them contact us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us at 505-880-8737
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