About Individual Unemployability Benefits
Veterans who can’t work because of service-connected impairments may be eligible to receive Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits. These benefits are for veterans that have trouble keeping a job because of service-connected impairments. Veterans who have trouble getting jobs because of service-connected impairments are also eligible.
Filing a Individual Unemployability Benefits Appeal
If you were denied Individual Unemployability benefits, don’t think that is the end of your claim. If you received your denial within the last one year, you can appeal the VA’s decision. If you disagree with the VA’s decision and you have evidence to back up your claim, you should appeal. Many veterans are denied on their first attempt at obtaining Individual Unemployability benefits.
The Veterans Administration denies lots of legitimate claims for one reason or another. Sometimes the veteran does not present their claim to the VA as they should have. Other times the Veterans Administration just didn’t examine all the evidence correctly and wrongly denied a perfectly fine claim. Every veteran’s Individual Unemployability benefits appeal happens for different reasons.
Evidence Needed to Win an Individual Unemployability Benefits Appeal
You are going to need lots of evidence to prove that you are entitled to a successful Individual Unemployability benefits appeal. As with any area of law, evidence is key. Without the proper evidence for you Individual Unemployability benefits appeal, you are likely to be denied again. We cannot stress enough how important the evidence you send to the Veterans Administration is when trying to appeal a Individual Unemployability denial. Some of the evidence you are going to need is:
Medical Records: You should submit all medical records proving that you have these conditions. Your medical records should also show how these impairments are related to your time in the service. Do not expect the Veterans Administration to comb through your Claims File for you. The Veterans Administration is known for sloppy work and many claims processors just simply don’t have the time to work through a Claims File.
Work History: Because you are trying to prove that you are unemployable, it can help to show that you cannot keep or obtain meaningful employment. Your work timeline should tell the story of how your impairments are preventing your from making a living. Sometimes even getting statements from former employers can help.
Vocational Statement: Many disability clients do not even know that vocational experts exist. These trained professionals can write reports detailing why you should be considered unemployable. Vocational experts are going to examine your mental and physical impairments and help tell the story of why you can’t work.
How an Individual Unemployability Benefit Denial Lawyer Helps
If you decide to hire an Individual Unemployability benefit denial lawyer at Woods & Woods, we often work with experts to help prove your VA claim. If Woods & Woods decides to hire these experts, we front the expenses for these reports. That is one of the major advantages of hiring our law firm. We get the evidence needed to help you win your TDIU benefits appeal. Some of the experts we work with are:
Doctors Outside the VA: Many times Woods & Woods has a doctor outside the Veterans Administration examine your medical records. These doctors will write reports showing how all your mental and physical impairments are related to your time in the service. These reports are given much weight when the VA is trying to balance all the evidence in your Individual Unemployability benefits appeal.
Vocational Experts: As stated before, these experts help prove why you can’t work. Woods & Woods regularly hires vocational experts for a Individual Unemployability benefits appeal. This is a service you may not get at the VFW or from a free VSO. Law firms can have deep pockets and those resources can help clients win their Individual Unemployability benefits appeal.
Psychologists Outside the VA: If you are a veteran with mental conditions, you may be eligible for Individual Unemployability benefits if those impairments prevent you from working. Your Individual Unemployability benefit denial lawyer at Woods & Woods knows that evidence is how you win your claim. So regularly we hire outside psychologists to help prove you cannot work from mental conditions related to your time in the military.
Other Experts: Each case is different and each disabled veteran is going to need different reports and evidence. An Individual Unemployability benefit denial lawyer at Woods & Woods is going to work with whatever specialists and experts we need to win.
Monthly Compensation for Individual Unemployability Benefits
Individual Unemployability benefits pay veterans the same as a 100% VA disability rating. But Individual Unemployability benefits are for veterans that can’t necessarily reach a 100% disability rating through the combined rating table. That means that many veterans that receive Individual Unemployability benefits get over $3,400 a month from the Veterans Administration.
Many veterans also receive years of back pay when their Individual Unemployability benefits appeal is won. The Veterans Administration will compensate you for all the time you should have been receiving Individual Unemployability benefits. Some veterans find that they should have been receiving years of payments. The amount of back pay many veterans are owed ends up being a very large amount of money.
You Only Pay Your Individual Unemployability Benefit Denial Lawyer If You Win
If you hire an Individual Unemployability benefit denial lawyer at Woods & Woods you only pay if you obtain VA disability benefits. If we are not successful in getting your VA disability benefits, you owe us nothing. Woods & Woods will never ask for money upfront. Your Individual Unemployability benefit denial lawyer at Woods & Woods will never bill by the hour or charge for a phone call. Our fee is a percentage of back pay and case expenses. We do not touch your future benefits; those are yours to keep.
Hiring an Individual Unemployability Benefit Denial Lawyer
Woods & Woods veterans disability lawyers have filed appeals for thousands of veterans. Our lawyers are skilled at VA law and even teach VA law at national conferences. Over the years, several other law firms have come to Woods & Woods to learn how to help veterans. Our mission is to get disabled veterans the benefits they deserve.
Need help? Give us a call. We never charge for an Individual Unemployability benefits appeal claim evaluation.
What to do after an Individual Unemployability benefit denial.
The first thing you should know after your Individual Unemployability benefits denial is that many veterans are denied. Lots of those veterans go on to have successful claims and do obtain Individual Unemployability benefits. Getting an Individual Unemployability benefits denial from the Veterans Administration is not the end of your claim.
How to appeal an Individual Unemployability benefit denial.
Veterans who received their denials within the last one year can appeal. Those veterans that have waited longer can reapply. TDIU benefits appeals are not easy to do on your own. Veterans disability law is very complicated. The Veterans Administration has thousands of regulations. The Code of Federal Rules 38, which governs Veterans disability law, is massive. We highly suggest you talk to an experienced veterans unemployability lawyer before you file your appeal. Remember, you don’t have to pay for your Individual Unemployability benefit claim evaluation.
What you should know about Individual Unemployability benefits.
Individual Unemployability benefits are through the Veterans Administration. Individual Unemployability benefits are for veterans who have trouble keeping or obtaining employment. In other words, these are benefits for veterans that can’t work. These benefits are paid to veterans for their service-connected mental and physical impairments that prevent them from working.
Some veterans receive over $3,400 a month in Individual Unemployability benefits. You will be paid the same as a person receiving a 100% VA Disability rating. However, know that you do not have to obtain a 100% VA Disability rating to get Individual Unemployability benefits.
Many veterans are unemployed because of their disabilities. While the unemployment rate among veterans is improving, NBC reports there are still significant numbers of unemployed veterans. The Department of Defense credits the improvements to many outreach programs. But, disabled veterans are still hurting. Many veterans are left unemployable because of service-connected mental and physical conditions.
You don’t have to appeal your denial alone.
Woods and Woods Individual Unemployability lawyers have helped thousands of veterans appeal bad VA decisions. We understand that between your disabilities and being denied, this is probably a tough time in your life. You focus on your health and let us handle the Veterans Administration. When you hire an Individual Unemployability benefit denial lawyer at Woods & Woods, we take over all communication with the VA. Instead of calling through the hectic VA phone system, you call your case manager directly at Woods & Woods.