Total Disability Individual Unemployability benefits are for veterans that can no longer work from their service-connected disabilities. This article covers just about everything you need to know to obtain Total Disability Individual Unemployability benefits. If you have more questions after reading the article below, we offer free TDIU benefits claim evaluations to anyone. Woods & Woods has successfully represented thousands of veterans against the VA for TDIU claims. Click here to get help.
In This Article on TDIU Benefits:
- What Are Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) Benefits?
- How Our VA Unemployability Process Works For Veterans
- FAQ: VA Individual Unemployability Benefits
- Eligibility and VA Unemployability Benefits
- Applying for Total Disability Individual Unemployability Benefits
- Appeal TDIU Claim Denials From The VA
- VA Individual Unemployability Benefits Monthly Compensation
- Social Security Disability & TDIU Benefits
- How Individual Unemployability Benefits Lawyers Help
- We Have Legal Teams Dedicated To Only TDIU Benefits Claims
- Hiring a Total Disability Individual Unemployability Benefits Lawyer
What Are Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) Benefits?
Total disability based on individual unemployability (TDIU) benefits are for veterans that cannot keep or obtain gainful employment. You must not be able to work because of mental and physical impairments. Those disabilities must be related to your time in the service and be considered service-connected to receive benefits.
Secondary service-connected benefits do count towards your individual unemployability benefits claim. For example, if a veteran was exposed to Agent Orange and developed diabetes, all conditions from diabetes are also considered service-connected. TDIU benefits pay the same as a 100% VA Disability rating. Veterans who are eligible for TDIU benefits might receive more than $3,332.06 a month. There is extra compensation for veterans who have dependent children and parents.
Four things you should know about TDIU benefits:
TDIU benefits are monthly payments.
TDIU benefits are administered by the Veterans Administration. Some veterans are earning more than $3,332.06 a month in TDIU and VA benefits.
TDIU benefits are for veterans that have employment problems.
If you have trouble keeping or obtaining gainful employment, you might be eligible. Odd jobs do not necessarily count as employment to the Veterans Administration.
TDIU benefits are for disabled veterans.
TDIU benefits are for veterans with service-connected mental and physical impairments. Not sure if you can service-connect your disabilities? For free, we can figure out if your disabilities are service-connected.
Previous TDIU benefits denials don’t matter.
If you were previously denied TDIU benefits you can appeal or re-apply. There is no limit to how many times you can apply for TDIU benefits.
TDIU attorney Neil Woods answers veterans’ common questions about TDIU benefits:
How Our VA Unemployability Process Works For Veterans
Step One: Talk To Us For Free
We will give you a free Individual Unemployability benefits claim evaluation. You can ask all the questions you like and we’ll answer them. We will discuss what legal options are available to you as a veteran that can’t work.
Step Two: File TDIU Application
We will assist you in filing your TDIU benefits application for free. Our Veterans Disability law firm will answer your questions about applying and get you through the process.
Step Three: VA Decision on Application
If you are awarded TDIU benefits, congratulations! You don’t owe our Veterans Disability lawyers anything! But if you are denied, you now have the option to hire us for an appeal.
Step Four: Gather Evidence
Our Individual Unemployability benefits lawyers work with doctors outside the VA, psychologists, and vocational experts to prove our clients are disabled. Woods & Woods will also comb through all your medical records.
Step Five: File TDIU Appeal
The TDIU appeal process is a long, complicated legal process that we have been through thousands of times. We know case law, legal codes, and VA regulations that work! We handle everything for your appeal.
Step Six: VA Decision on Appeal
The final phase is where the VA makes a decision on your appeal. Our TDIU benefits lawyers’ goal is to get you the Veterans Disability benefits you deserve. We are here to help veterans that can’t work.
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FAQ: VA Individual Unemployability Benefits
Total disability based on individual unemployability benefits are for veterans that can no longer work from mental or physical service-connected impairments.
Veterans who can prove their mental and physical impairments are service-connected are generally eligible. However, you cannot have a dishonorable discharge. There is a section later in this article dedicated to eligibility.
If you were denied TDIU benefits, you may be able to appeal. Remember, you only have one year from the date of the denial to appeal. Being denied TDIU benefits is common. Our VA benefit appeals lawyers can help.
If you were denied TDIU benefits years ago, you can re-apply. There is no limit to how many times you can apply for TDIU benefits.
Individual unemployability benefits pay the same as a 100% VA Disability rating. Veterans who are eligible for TDIU benefits can receive more than $3,332.06 a month. There is extra compensation for veterans who have dependent children and parents.
If you did not appeal your TDIU benefits decision within one year, you can always re-apply. Veterans with service-connected mental and physical disabilities can apply as many times as they like.
The VA does not require you to hire a lawyer, but we highly suggest you do. Our TDIU benefits lawyers will protect your rights. The VA will have a lawyer, shouldn’t you?
Any mental or physical impairment that is from your time in service should count towards your TDIU benefits claim.
If you are eligible for VA disability benefits, you may be eligible for TDIU benefits. Veterans that served active-duty and left without a dishonorable discharge are usually eligible for VA disability benefits.
There is no set amount of time the Veterans Administration must make a decision by. Some veterans get TDIU benefits relatively quick while other veterans’ cases take longer. We warn you, TDIU appeals can sometimes take four to five years to complete.
There is no upfront fee to hire a TDIU benefits lawyer. Woods & Woods only charges if you obtain VA disability benefits. If you do not obtain VA disability benefits, you owe us nothing. Our fee is 20% of back pay and case expenses. Please note that many law firms charge up to 33% of back pay.
VA disability attorney discusses what it takes to receive TDIU benefits:
Eligibility and VA Unemployability Benefits
Veterans who wish to receive individual unemployability benefits must be eligible by the VA’s guidelines on VA unemployability requirements and income limits. First, veterans must have a service-connected mental or physical impairment. This disability must have been caused or aggravated by your time in the service. Second, veterans wishing to obtain TDIU benefits must have been considered active-duty during their military career. Third, you must not have a dishonorable discharge. This is an overgeneralization of eligibility and we encourage you to contact us for eligibility questions.
TDIU benefits are for veterans who can no longer work due to service-connected disabilities. If you are not yet service-connected, Woods & Woods can help. Below are the general requirements for obtaining TDIU benefits. If you are not sure you are eligible for VA unemployability, give us a call.
- You must be a veteran
- You must have service-connected disabilities
- You must not have been discharged dishonorably
- You must have at least one service-connected disability rated at least at 60%, OR two or more service-connected disabilities at least one disability ratable at 40 percent or more with a combined rating of 70 percent or more.
- You must be unable to maintain substantially gainful employment as a result of service-connected disabilities (marginal employment, such as odd jobs, is not considered substantial gainful employment for VA purposes).
VA disability attorney discusses how to get VA ratings that add up to TDIU:
Applying for Total Disability Individual Unemployability Benefits
We highly suggest you check out the individual unemployability fact sheet before you apply. Veterans who wish to apply for TDIU benefits must submit an initial application to the Veterans Administration. You should list all your mental and physical impairments you believe are from or aggravated by your time in the service. Veterans should not forget to list all secondary service-connected impairments. For example, if you were exposed to Agent Orange and have diabetes, your high blood pressure may now also be considered service-connected.
If you have any questions regarding applying for TDIU benefits, you can always call our law firm. We can give you free advice on applying for TDIU benefits. There is never a charge for help with the initial application process.
In this video, a VA disability lawyer explains the veterans compensation application process:
Appeal TDIU Claim Denials From The VA
Unfortunately, too many veterans are denied their TDIU benefits. Each year, tens of thousands of veterans reach out to our individual unemployability benefit denial lawyers because the VA system wrongly denied their claims. First, know this, a large number of veterans win their TDIU benefits appeals with the right evidence and the right lawyer helping them through the complicated VA appeal process.
If you were recently denied TDIU benefits, you may have the option to appeal the Veteran Administration’s initial decision. Veterans wishing to obtain TDIU benefits must appeal within one year of the date the decision was made. Veterans that have let their TDIU appeal period collapse do have the option to re-apply for VA benefits. That means that you will have to re-submit your initial application and start the process over from the beginning.
Our VA benefits appeals lawyers have helped thousands of veterans obtain the benefits they deserve. Don’t be discouraged by a denial of your TDIU benefits. The VA regularly denies legitimate claims and many of those vets win their appeals.
In this video, veterans disability attorney Sarah Woods discusses the steps we take to appeal bad VA decisions:
VA Individual Unemployability Benefits Monthly Compensation
Veterans who are eligible for TDIU benefits can receive more than $3,332.06 a month from the VA. There is also extra monthly compensation for disabled veterans with dependent children and parents. Many veterans will be entitled to back pay when their VA appeal is finished. That means you could be owed TDIU benefits dating back years. If it is determined you are eligible for back pay, you may receive that money in a lump sum check from the Veterans Administration.
Individual unemployability benefits pay the same as a 100 percent rating, but you are not required to obtain a 100 percent rating. There are differences between a 100 percent rating and individual unemployability benefits. For example, a 100 percent rating is based solely upon the number and severity of your conditions. While TDIU benefits are based upon your impairments, ratings, and your ability to work. If you are strictly trying to obtain a 100 percent rating, the VA is not going to consider your ability to work or not work.
Service-connected and you can’t work? A VA disability lawyer explains how to get the highest rating you can for TDIU benefits:
Social Security Disability & TDIU Benefits
Veterans can receive both individual unemployability and Social Security Disability at the same time. However, being eligible for one disability benefit does not mean you are automatically entitled to the other disability benefits. The Social Security Administration and the Veterans Administration have very different guidelines on eligibility. Veterans wishing to receive Social Security Disability and TDIU benefits must submit separate applications to each bureaucracy.
In 2016, 621,000 veterans were receiving Social Security Disability benefits. Currently, 29.6% of veterans report having a disability. As you can see, veterans have disabilities at a higher rate than the civilian population. The Social Security Administration offers expedited claims to veterans with particular ratings. But remember, both bureaucracies have their own guidelines on eligibility. That means some veterans will be approved one benefit and denied the other. Woods & Woods can help you obtain both TDIU benefits and Social Security Disability benefits.
Attorney Neil Woods explains how veterans get TDIU and SSDI benefits:
How Individual Unemployability Benefits Lawyers Help
If you hire Woods & Woods individual unemployability lawyers, you get our decades of experience and knowledge working for you. Our VA-certified disability attorneys work with doctors, psychologists, and vocational experts to prove you can’t work because of your disabilities. We know the VA system. If you have questions, give us a call. There is never a charge to call and ask questions. Woods & Woods is here to help.
Woods & Woods veterans disability lawyers help veterans with their VA unemployability claims. If you can’t work and you’re a veteran, you might be entitled to TDIU benefits. Our law firm has been dedicated to helping injured and disabled people since 1985. Our TDIU benefits disability lawyers only charge if we win your benefits. The skilled and knowledgeable veterans disability benefits lawyers at Woods & Woods, know TDIU benefits law well. We fight to get clients the compensation they deserve from the Veterans Administration.
Not sure what to do to get your TDIU benefits? Talk to our veterans unemployability lawyers. For free, we will give you a VA claim evaluation. We want you to understand your rights as a veteran. If you can’t work from service-connected mental and physical disabilities, you deserve TDIU benefits. This isn’t a government handout, you earned these benefits when you honorably served our country.
We Have Legal Teams Dedicated To Only TDIU Benefits Claims
TDIU Benefit Lawyer
Your TDIU benefits lawyer is responsible for your claim. At Woods & Woods, you get a VA disability benefits lawyer that fights for you.
VA Case Manager
This will be your main point of contact with our law firm. Your case manager is always available to take your call and answer your questions. They coordinate the communication and logistics for your lawyer.
Our VA disability benefits lawyers often work with doctors outside the VA. These doctors may examine your medical records and perform a phone interview with you to write a report detailing how you are unable to work because of a service connected disability.
Veterans who have mental disabilities may also need reports from a competent psychologist outside the VA. Our VA disability benefits lawyers often rely on evidence from psychologists to help prove mental conditions.
Vocational Experts help our VA disability benefits lawyers prove that your disabilities render you unemployable. The evidence in a Vocational Experts report can be critical to your claim – evidence is crucial to winning a TDIU claim.
Woods & Woods has support staff that helps with requesting medical records, legal research, and compiling information for appeals. Our support staff helps our VA disability benefits lawyersbenefits lawyers fight for disabled veterans.
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Hiring a Total Disability Individual Unemployability Benefits Lawyer
We highly suggest you contact a veterans benefits lawyer to assist you with obtaining your TDIU VA compensation benefits. The Veterans Administration is a maze of thousands of federal regulations and deadlines that could seriously affect your chances of obtaining TDIU benefits. When you hire Woods & Woods, our team of TDIU VA disability lawyers, doctors, case managers, psychologists, and vocational experts go to work for you. We never charge a penny unless you win your TDIU benefits. If you need TDIU benefits help, our VA disability compensation lawyers are here to help.
We have helped thousands of vets.
Woods & Woods is proud to help disabled veterans and their families nationwide. Our law firm is dedicated to protecting the brave men and women who served this country.
You only pay if you win.
Woods & Woods only accepts a fee when you win your VA Disability claim. If you do not obtain VA Disability benefits, you don’t owe us a penny. We never ask for money upfront.
Our lawyers are trusted nationally.
We have earned the trust of law firms around the country who send their disabled veterans clients to Woods & Woods. Our lawyers even teach VA law at national conferences.
We have successfully filed thousands of appeals.
Our VA disability benefits lawyers have filed thousands of appeals against the Veterans Administration. We know how to help disabled veterans.