What Benefits Will I Receive with a TDIU Rating?
If you meet the criteria set out by the VA for TDIU rating, you may wonder what difference it will make in your benefits. Is it worth going through VA’s process of applying, waiting, and possibly appealing?
Often, the answer is yes. Read on and you will find out that a TDIU rating generally makes a very significant difference in the disability compensation benefits you receive from the VA.
When the VA grants a TDIU rating, the veteran’s service connected disability rating is automatically paid at 100%. This payment occurs regardless of VA’s math for the combined ratings for a veteran’s individual disabilities.
For example, a veteran’s hearing loss, back pain, and PTSD may come to a combined rating of 70%. If VA awards a TDIU rating, the veteran will be paid as though his or her rating is 100%.
So, what difference does this make? A full table of disability benefit amounts for different combined ratings can be found at VA’s website. As you will notice from that table, an increase from a 70% rating to 100% generally doubles the monthly benefit amount. This additional income often makes a very significant difference for veterans who are having difficulty finding or maintaining employment as a result of their service connected disabilities.
TDIU benefits are a supplement to benefits you may already be receiving. They may be paid alongside Special Monthly Compensations and other benefits for which you may qualify. Depending on how quickly you apply, benefits may be awarded back to the date at which you first became incapable of maintaining employment.
How Do I Prove TDIU to VA?
As you can see from the information above, TDIU often provides a very significant benefit to veterans who are unable to work. In order to qualify for TDIU, you basically need to show VA that you are incapable of maintaining substantial gainful employment.
This requires you to provide VA with medical evidence showing that your service-connected disabilities make it very difficult for you to find or keep a job. You may also need to provide VA with vocational evidence from an expert that has knowledge about whether the limitations from your service-connected disabilities would prevent you from maintaining employment.
VA may deny your TDIU claim because they determine that you have not provided the right evidence to prove your claim. Even if they grant TDIU, VA may not grant TDIU benefits for the whole time that you have been unable to work.
If VA denies all or part of your TDIU claim, you may find it helpful to talk with on of our firm’s VA disability attorneys to see if we can help. An attorney can help determine what evidence is needed to prove your claim to VA.
What if I have more questions about my VA claim?
I understand you want your VA claim to be done as quickly as possible. But remember the ultimate goal – to win your VA disability compensation claim.
You may eventually get there on your own, but it may be after a series of decisions by the Regional Office and Board of Veterans Appeals. Sometimes claims are appealed and remanded several times, which can cause a claim to drag on for years. If you are interested in avoiding unnecessary delay in your claim and want to do everything you can to maximize your chances of success, it is probably a good ida for you to consult with an accredited veterans disability attorney.
We would be happy to talk to you. If you would like a free consultation with one of Perkins Law Firm’s veterans disability attorneys just click here or give us a call to set one up.
Travis Studdard is an attorney who focuses on representing veterans in VA disability compensation claims. He regularly writes about issues that are important to veterans and their families.
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