As a veteran, you put your life on the line to protect your country. It’s not too much to provide you with the financial assistance you need after you’ve served your country. Unfortunately, many veterans discover that asking for their deserved benefits is too much.
It is common for veterans to have their disability claims denied for ridiculous reasons. To give yourself a greater chance of receiving the benefits that you deserve, reach out to a Nashville VA lawyer at the Comerford Law Office.
During your service, you may have suffered from a catastrophic injury. This injury can prevent you from continuing to work after you have been honorably discharged. Many veterans don’t know that there are benefits that can provide financial compensation for this situation. One of those benefits includes the Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits.
TDIU is a rating for veterans who cannot work due to their service-related disability.
Veterans with this rating can receive the same compensation as veterans with a 100% disability rating. To receive this rating, veterans must have one disability with a rating of 60% or greater. If there are two disabilities, at least one has 40% or greater with a combined rating of 70% or greater.
The veteran must also have an issue working steadily because of their disability.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will use a standard called substantially gainful employment (SGA) for eligibility. If you are earning more money than the SGA amount with your service-related disability, you will not receive a TDIU rating.
TDIU benefits are not always permanent, even though they can be. For you to receive a permanent TDIU rating, you must meet the following criteria:
If you are receiving temporary TDIU benefits, those benefits can become permanent. For this to happen, you must have received TDIU benefits for 20 years or more or are 70 years or older.
If your disability has little chance of improving, there are two ways that the VA will define your disability:
You can have a total disability that is not permanent, and a permanent disability that is not total, or with a rating of 100%.
When you have suffered a disability that prevents you from working, you should not worry about making ends meet. At the Comerford Law Office, our Nashville VA lawyers want to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
As a member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA), James R. Comerford is dedicated to fighting for the men and women who have fought for our country. Contact us online for a free case evaluation.