Veterans disability benefits play a vital role in providing a sense of financial stability if you are unable to work due to a service-connected condition. One way to ensure you are receiving the maximum possible compensation is to hire an experienced attorney to help you apply for Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU).
TDIU Can Increase Your Veterans Benefits
The VA assigns disabilities a rating between 10% and 100% based on how severe the conditions are. These ratings are used to determine monthly compensation, but ratings of 100% are extremely difficult to maintain.
Applying for TDIU can help a Veteran receive a higher monthly benefit if they are unable to work due to a service-connected disability. This could be a physical or mental disability, as long as it affects job performance. A Veteran will receive the maximum payment associated with a 100% rating if they have a single service-service connected disability with a rating of 60% or higher or two or more service-connected disabilities with a rating of 70% or higher.
For the purpose of TDIU, substantial gainful employment is defined as a position paying more than poverty-level wages. However, individuals who are working in protected employment with accommodations for their disability or who are self-employed will have their applications reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
How TDIU Affects Other Benefits You May Receive
If you are eligible for TDIU, you may be able to receive other important government benefits. This includes Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income. However, since the Social Security Administration defines disability differently, there is a separate application process for this additional assistance.
How We Can Help
Applying for TDIU can be a time-consuming and complex process, especially if you also have disabling conditions that are not related to your military service. The office of Sean Kendall, Attorney-at-Law, can help you prepare an application that best supports your claim for benefits or navigate the appeals process on your behalf. Contact us today to learn more.