Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) gives Veterans with a service-connected condition a rating of 100% due to their inability to work and be gainfully employed. This rating is not a permanent rating and can be changed due to specific circumstances. TDIU benefits may be reduced or even terminated by the VA if there is just cause.
Factors That Can Change TDIU Benefits
If your TDIU benefits are not permanent, they can be reduced or changed in certain circumstances. Some reasons that TDIU benefits may be reduced are:
- Form 20-4140. Form 20-4140 is used to verify employment and must be completed and submitted each year. If the Veteran fails to complete this form and report their work history for the previous 12 months, their benefits may be terminated or reduced.
- Working for a period of 12 consecutive months or longer. If you have been able to work for a period of at least 12 consecutive months in a non-protected work environment, your rating may be reduced.
- Condition improvement. If your service-connected condition has improved, your rating may be reduced to a lower rating to reflect the improvement.
- TDIU re-examination. In some cases, the VA may require a re-examination in order to keep your TDIU benefits. If you fail to show up to the re-examination, it can result in having your benefits automatically reduced or terminated.
Evidence to Reduce TDIU Benefits
Reducing TDIU benefits means that the VA has sufficient evidence to prove that you are employable. If you do not agree with the reduction in benefits, you may need to provide proof from doctors or other medical professionals to confirm that your disability prevents you from gaining employment.
We Can Help With Your Claim
If you have been denied disability benefits or have had your TDIU benefits reduced, contact the office of Sean Kendall, Attorney-at-Law for a free, no-obligation consultation. We may be able to help you with the appeal process for any disputes you have with a claim determination and protect your legal rights so you can get the benefits you deserve. Call us today at 877-629-1712 or use our contact form to find out more.