About Individual Unemployability Benefits
Individual Unemployability benefits are for veterans who can no longer work due to service-connected impairments. There is no time limit after you left the service to file for individual unemployability benefits. To receive individual unemployability benefits, you must have been considered active-duty during your military service.
National Guard and Reservists can receive individual unemployability benefits if they were activated by the federal government. However, National Guard and Reservists who were activated by a state are not generally eligible for individual unemployability benefits.
Attorney Zack Evans explains what it takes to get Individual Unemployability:
How Our Individual Unemployability Lawyers Help
- We handle all communication with the VA. When you hire the individual unemployability lawyers at Woods & Woods, we handle all the communication with the Veterans Administration. You won’t have to talk to their call centers or their agents again.
- We file all the paperwork. After you hire our veterans disability benefits lawyers, we will take care of all the paperwork with the Veterans Administration. Because the Veterans Administration is a large government bureaucracy, the paperwork seems never ending and is very confusing. Many veterans lose their individual unemployability claims because they don’t submit all their paperwork correctly.
- We gather all the evidence needed to prove your claim. The individual unemployability lawyers at Woods & Woods will gather all the evidence needed to prove you deserve VA benefits. Sometimes it can be a hassle just to get records from the Veterans Administration. If you hire us, we will take all the necessary steps to ensure you get the medical documentation you need to prove you deserve individual unemployability benefits.
- We work with doctors. If you don’t have medical evidence needed, Woods & Woods may hire doctors to review your files. Sometimes we even use vocational experts to prove you can’t work anymore. Our lawyers often work with psychologists to help prove that mental impairments exist and are due to a veterans time in the service.
Hiring Our Individual Unemployability Lawyers
The Individual Unemployability lawyers at Woods & Woods are proud to serve veterans. This is a tough time in any veterans life and we are here to help. That’s why Woods & Woods Individual Unemployability lawyers never ask for money upfront. We never bill by the hour. There is never a charge for phone call. Ask us all the individual unemployability benefits questions you have; we will answer them for free.
What exactly are Individual Unemployability benefits?
Individual Unemployability benefits are for veterans with service-connected disabilities that prevent them from keeping or obtaining meaningful employment. In other words, if your disabilities prevent you from working you may be eligible to receive Individual Unemployability benefits.
Individual Unemployability benefits are a safety net for veterans with service-connected disabilities. Individual Unemployability benefits are not handouts, you earned these benefits by serving our country.
VA unemployability benefits from the VA are for veterans who are considered unemployable due to service connected disabilities. VA unemployability is often called total disability for individual unemployability or TDIU. Individual unemployability benefits can be difficult to obtain. The VA denies individual unemployability claims everyday and many veterans forced to appeal their decision. Don’t let a denial of VA unemployability benefits deter you. This can be a difficult time in your life and we suggest you contact a VA unemployability disability attorney to handle your claim. Remember, the VA will have an attorney fighting against your appeal, shouldn’t you have an attorney fighting for you?
For a free Individual Unemployability benefits claim evaluation, please fill out the online contact form or call toll-free (866) 232-5777.
I receive Social Security Disability, can I also get Individual Unemployability benefits?
Yes! Social Security Disability and Individual Unemployability benefits are two separate benefits. You can receive both benefits at the same time. Our VA Disability attorneys can help you with both your Social Security Disability and Individual Unemployability benefits. You can have a claim filed with each government bureaucracy at the same time. They will be decided separately of each other. One claim may be awarded before the other – that means veterans can get one form sooner than the other.
Don’t be confused on how to apply for Individual Unemployability benefits.
Many veterans never apply for Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits because the entire process looks too confusing. While the application for Individual Unemployability benefits is confusing and requires lots of work, you don’t have to go through the application process alone.
Woods & Woods veterans disability lawyers never charge for help with the Individual Unemployability application process. Our Individual Unemployability lawyers only charge veterans if they win their appeal. Help with the Individual Unemployability application process is completely free. You may get Individual Unemployability benefits from your initial application and not need a lawyer to appeal. Hopefully you don’t, but if you do, we are here to help.
Some veterans receive over $3,400 a month in Individual Unemployability benefits.
Veterans who obtain Individual Unemployability benefits will receive the same amount of money as someone with a 100 percent VA disability rating. Veterans who are eligible for Individual Unemployability benefits may also be able to receive extra monthly compensation if they have dependent children or parents.
Lots of veterans receive back pay when their Individual Unemployability benefits claim is approved. This lump sum check can amount to a lot of money. Many veterans find out the Veterans Administration should have been paying them for years. If so, the Veterans Administration will give you that money when approved. You should receive payments dating back to your effective date, which is determined by VA guidelines. However, the VA is often wrong when they assign a veteran an effective date and many veterans don’t even know it. That could mean you are potentially out thousands of dollars.
Medical evidence can help prove you are entitled to Individual Unemployability benefits.
You are going to have to prove to the Veterans Administration that you are disabled and cannot work. Many veterans lose their Individual Unemployability claims because they do not submit enough evidence. The Veterans Administration is going to want medical evidence to show how you are unemployable. As with any area of law, VA disability law requires lots of evidence.
If your medical records were lost by the Veterans Administration, you can still receive Individual Unemployability benefits. How you apply for Total Disability Individual Unemployability benefits can get more complicated if you don’t have service records, but it can be done.
You may also submit medical evidence from doctors and medical experts outside the Veterans Administration system. Many veterans wrongly believe all the medical evidence must be from the VA itself. Your medical evidence can come from any relevant medical provider who has treated your impairments.
What makes a veteran eligible for Individual Unemployability benefits?
First a veteran must have a discharge other than dishonorable to obtain VA unemployability benefits. Second, the veteran must have impairments that would keep them from working. If you have been denied social security disability before you should still apply for VA unemployability benefits. The two disability benefit programs are separate bureaucracies that have different guidelines for what is considered disabled.
What medical conditions are eligible for Individual Unemployability benefits?
Any service-connected mental or physical condition will be considered from Individual Unemployability benefits. Your service-connected mental and physical impairments must be related to your active-duty service.
If you have secondary service-connected mental and physical impairments, those will be considered on your Individual Unemployability application as well. Any condition caused by your initial service-connected condition may also be considered service-connected. We highly suggest when you apply for Individual Unemployability benefits that you list all your mental and physical impairments. You may not even realize some of your conditions are compensable by the VA.
These mental and physical impairments did not have to happen while serving abroad. Many veterans sustain lifelong injuries while serving right here in the US. Many veterans receive Individual Unemployability for things like falling off a tank in basic training or a car wreck while active-duty.
If I am eligible for IndividualUnemployability are there benefits for my care-takers?
Yes. There are Aid and Attendance benefits available for care takes of veterans who are applying for Individual Unemployability. VA Aid and Attendance veterans disability benefits claims can be filed alongside your Individual Unemployability claim. Our Individual Unemployability lawyers can also file Aid and Attendance benefits separately from your Individual Unemployability claim if need be.
What should I put on my Individual Unemployability benefits application?
► List all your service-connected mental and physical impairments.
► Tell the VA why those impairments are related to your service.
► Attach relevant medical documentation.
► Make sure all your forms are filled out correctly.
► Submit everything by the deadlines.
► Follow all the VA rules.
► Before you submit your application, call our law firm. We can help you better understand the entire application process.
I was denied Individual Unemployability benefits, can I still apply?
You can still apply for Individual Unemployability benefits even if you were denied years ago. There is no limit to how many times you can apply for Individual Unemployability benefits. Many VA disability laws have changed and your outcome could now be different.
If you received your denial within the last one year you may want to consider filing a Individual Unemployability benefits appeal. Veterans who were denied within the last one year have the option to appeal bad VA decisions. Woods & Woods VA benefits appeals lawyers have appealed thousands of denials; it can be done.
Some veterans may have applied years ago and never got a decision. That could mean you still have an open claim and don’t know it. Sometimes veteran’s Individual Unemployability benefits claims just sit and are forgotten about. If this has happened to you, call our Individual Unemployability lawyers. You may have an open claim and don’t even know about it.
Call us and learn how to apply for Individual Unemployability benefits.
Want to learn how to apply for Individual Unemployability benefits? Woods & Woods Individual Unemployability lawyers can help. We offer free Individual Unemployability claim evaluations to anyone who has questions. Ask us how to apply for Individual Unemployability benefits and we’ll help you get the application process started. Remember, our Individual Unemployability lawyers are here to help disabled veterans that can’t work.