April 2019 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics Report Update

April 2019 veterans disability benefits statistics report

Let’s look over the April 2019 veterans disability benefits statistics report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. See how VA disability pension and compensation claims numbers changed in the last 30 days below.



April 2019 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Inventory Status

The April 2019 veterans disability benefits statistics report lists all unrated applications pending the VA’s decision. On April 6, the inventory held 360,992 unrated VA disability compensation and pension claims. As we predicted, half of last month’s huge jump in unrated claims already reversed itself. While the inventory’s still bigger than we saw at the start of 2019, the VA’s getting these numbers back down.

  • As of April 6, 2019: 360,992
  • As of March 2, 2019: 367,708
  • Difference: -6,716
  • Daily churn: -336 claims

Much like March, only 34% of unrated VA claims above are from first-time filers. The rest are supplemental claims for veterans already getting paid some monthly benefits.

April 2019 Veterans Disability Benefits Statistics: Claims Backlog Status

After 125 days, the VA automatically moves all unrated inventory claims to the backlog category. The claims inventory shrank from March to April, but the backlog rose very slightly month-over-month. It’s such a small shift upward that the April 2019 veterans disability benefits statistics report’s backlog basically stayed flat.

  • As of April 6, 2019: 80,501
  • As of March 2, 2019: 80,450
  • Difference: +51
  • Daily churn: +2.6 claims added to the backlog

Backlogged claims only affect 46% of first-time filers; the rest are all supplemental. About 1 in 4 backlogged applications list seven or fewer unrated disabilities from first-time compensation claimants. Another 15% are first-time filers with eight or more conditions that need VA disability ratings. These are better backlog numbers than we’ve seen in months, but if you’re worried, talk to a lawyer. With the right legal assistance, you’re much more likely to get maximum VA benefits you’re owed paid faster.

You May Qualify for Free Legal Assistance

A VA-accredited lawyer can help you file your benefits application or appeal a denied claim. All attorneys in our network offer free consultations and give confidential answers to your claim questions. In recent years, 9 out of 10 cases with attorney representation prevailed against the VA in court. Since these lawyers offer contingency-based help, you’ll pay nothing for professional help now. In fact, they won’t take on your case unless they believe that you’ll win. And if you do win, you’ll only pay a small, one-time fee.

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