Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU)
The satisfaction that comes with finishing a hard day’s work is priceless. It’s also the embodiment of the American dream. It’s the opportunity to do just this that so many of our servicemen and women are fighting for overseas. When an injury or psychiatric disorder threatens a veteran’s ability to perform their duties at work, though, a safety net is in place. Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability, or TDIU, exists to provide disabled veterans a way to support themselves when they are unable to work.
In order to qualify for TDIU, a veteran must have their disability rated by the VA. These disability ratings are indicative of how well a person can function in their daily life. Ranging from zero to 100 percent, these ratings are used to determine how much, if any, disability benefits the veteran should receive.
TDIU requires a sevice-related disability have a VA rating of at least 60 percent. Or, if the veteran has more than one form of disability, one should be at least 40 percent with a total combined rating of 70 percent or higher. The serviceman or woman must also be unable to maintain substantial employment because of their service connected disabilities. Odd jobs or other forms of marginal employment do not count, so long as income is not substantial.
Filing a Claim
Filing a TDIU claim with the VA requires evidence of the disability. TDIU requirements include evidence of one or more disabilities stemming from military service. Evidence is also needed to prove that the veteran in question can no longer perform the mental or physical tasks at work. The disability needs to be rated by the VA and be 60 percent or higher. If there are two injuries or disorders that threaten a veteran’s ability to work, they must have a combined rating of 70 percent or higher.
In rare situations, those with lower rated disabilities have been granted TDIU simply because their condition requires frequent hospitalizations that interfere with their ability to hold down a position. An attorney can help you determine if you might qualify for TDIU considering your circumstances.
If a person is unable to work because of disabilities stemming from their time in the service, they may qualify for TDIU. TDIU benefits are monthly payments administered by the VA. Disability payments start at $2,906.83. Extra compensation is available to servicemen and women with spouses and children.
If you have previously applied for TDIU and been denied, you can appeal or re-apply. There is no limit on how many times a person can apply for TDIU benefits. While the VA does not require applicants to hire a TDIU benefits lawyer, having qualified representation can ensure your rights are protected.
How The Veterans Law Group Can Help
The Veterans Law Group has helped many veterans through the VA TDIU process and sought the maximum benefits possible. Though the TDIU requirements and application process may seem daunting, a lawyer can help take some of the pressure off. By working with psychologists, doctors and vocational experts, lawyers can prove a client cannot work because of their disability.
The VA system can be confusing, but a knowledgeable TDIU lawyer can offer unique insight into the application process. Call today to set up a confidential consultation and get the assistance and compensation you deserve.