Learn how Woods & Woods Individual Unemployability lawyers have won thousands of IU claims and appeals:
Do you feel like the VA is dragging their feet on your Individual Unemployability claim? Were you denied? Have you tried VSOs and veterans service organizations only to be on a merry-go-round of denials and low-ratings? Have you reached a maximum level of frustration trying to obtain the benefits you deserve? That’s how our clients felt before they contacted us for help with their Individual Unemployability claims.
Why Call Woods & Woods Individual Unemployability Lawyers?
Decades of Experience
Since 1985, Woods & Woods has successfully represented thousands of disabled veterans against the VA. Nationally we are one of the leading VA disability law firms.
Focused on IU Claims
Our law firm has teams of lawyers, doctors, case managers, case analysts, and more that focus solely on Individual Unemployability benefits.
You Only Pay If We Win
Clients only pay if their appeals are successful. Woods & Woods will never ask for money upfront. If you do not obtain a higher rating, you pay us nothing – not one penny.
Family-Owned Law Firm
Woods & Woods is owned and operated by the Woods family. We have built a law firm that treats clients with respect and gets them results.
Learn more about the Woods family in this video:
How Our Individual Unemployability Lawyers Help Disabled Veterans
We Talk To The VA For You
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 call centers or their agents again. You call your law firm and we handle it all.
We Gather & Create Evidence
Evidence is how disabled veterans win Individual Unemployability claims. Our legal team will gather all of your medical evidence. If you are missing critical pieces of evidence, we are likely to use experts to win your claim – read more about this below.
We Hire Experts For VA Claims
If you just submit your current medical records, you are likely to get another denial. At Woods & Woods, we use experts to win claims. We have a network of medical doctors, oncologists, psychologists, vocational experts, and more to create new evidence showing your conditions are service-connected.
We File All The Paperwork
The VA loves paperwork and deadlines. When you hire an Individual Unemployability lawyer you don’t have to worry about paperwork and deadlines. All paperwork and deadlines will be handled by your Individual Unemployability legal team.
We File Everything For Appeals
The amount of work that goes into a properly filed appeal is astounding. Brief writing for the Board of Veterans Appeals is an art. But you won’t have to worry if you hire Woods & Woods because we will take care of everything you need to successfully appeal.
Our Whole Team Fights Together
When you hire Woods & Woods you don’t just get an experienced Individual Unemployability lawyer, you get a whole legal team. We have doctors, case managers, case analysts, medical record coordinators, paralegals, and VA fee coordinators. Each person on our VA disability team has their tasks down to a science.
Former client Ed Rexing first called Woods & Woods because of a hearing problem. After a quick chat, we found many of his medical conditions to be service-connected. Ed told us, “I can’t believe it. Years ago my VSO told me none of these issues could be service-connected.”
Meet The Woods & Woods IU Disability Compensation Legal Team
IU Benefits Lawyers
Our Individual Unemployability benefits lawyers are unbelievably experienced when it comes to IU claims. Roughly 95% of their cases consist of nothing but IU claims. When you work on IU claims every day, you know what it takes to win an IU claim.
Before you are a client you will be assigned to an intake manager. They will first take some basic information and file any initial applications needed. Essentially, the intake team is developing your case. If you win during the application phase, you don’t owe Woods & Woods a penny.
Your case manager will be your point of contact as a client. They help your Individual Unemployability lawyer manage your case. These IU legal team members will carry out your requests and answer any questions you have throughout the process.
The Woods Family
For two generations the Woods family has owned and operated Woods & Woods. Our family is actively involved in day-to-day operations. We take pride in representing veterans and making sure they receive great customer service and top legal help from our law firm.
Most veterans need medical reports to link their conditions to their active duty service. Woods & Woods has trained doctors in VA law so they can write reports for IU claims. These reports will detail why a veteran can’t work from service-connected disabilities.
The case analysts will comb through all of your medical records and help your Individual Unemployability attorney build a case for IU benefits. They will draw up a case plan for the entire IU legal team to follow. Once we have a case plan, we know exactly how to attack your specific legal issue.
Medical Record Coordinators
The medical record team is responsible for scheduling doctor’s appointments and expert interviews with clients. They will also gather your medical records and obtain your C-File. Your attorney will send this team requests throughout your claim.
When veterans are missing critical pieces of evidence needed to win an IU claim, our experts get to work. We use medical doctors, psychologists, oncologists, vocational experts, and more to prove your service-connected disabilities prevent you from working.
Attorney Mike Woods explains why we use so many legal experts:
Frequently Asked Questions About Hiring an Individual Unemployability Lawyer
At Woods & Woods, the fee is 20% of back pay and case expenses only if you win. Many Individual Unemployability lawyers charge up to 33% and case expenses.
At Woods & Woods, your fee will come directly from the VA. Clients are responsible for case expenses, but only if the case is successful.
At Woods & Woods, you only pay your VA disability lawyer when you win. If you do not win your VA disability claim, you pay nothing.
If you are just filing a simple claim for something like tinnitus, you probably don’t need a VA disability compensation lawyer. However, Individual Unemployability claims are much more complicated and we highly suggest hiring an Individual Unemployability lawyer.
Attorney Neil Woods answers common questions about IU benefits:
Introduction to VA IU 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:
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 every day 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?
Attorney Zack Evans explains how veterans get IU benefits for PTSD:
I receive Social Security Disability, can I also get IU 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 from each other. One claim may be awarded before the other – that means veterans can get one form sooner than the other.
Attorney Neil Woods explains how veterans get IU and SSDI benefits:
Don’t be confused about 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.
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.
Attorney Lori Underwood explains how to apply for VA Disability Benefits:
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.
If I am eligible for Individual Unemployability 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.
VA attorney Krystal Lechner discusses how veterans with IU ratings can receive special monthly compensation benefits on top of IU benefits:
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.
Former client, Marke Parsons explains how Woods & Woods helped him:
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.
Attorney Lori Underwood explains different types of VA disability benefits:
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 an 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 a veteran’s Individual Unemployability benefits claim will just sit and is never processed. If this has happened to you, call our Individual Unemployability lawyers. You may have an open claim and don’t even know about it.
Hiring Our IU Disability Attorneys
The Individual Unemployability lawyers at Woods & Woods are proud to serve veterans. This is a tough time in any veteran’s 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 a phone call. Ask us all the individual unemployability benefits questions you have; we will answer them for free.
Call us and learn how to apply for VA IU 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.