If a veteran\’s service-connected disabilities preclude him or her from securing a substantially gainful employment, the VA has the authority to pay the veteran at the 100% rate, even if the veteran\’s service-connected disabilities don\’t \”add up\” to 100%. This benefit is called a \”total disability rating based on individual unemployability,\” or a TDIU.
A lot of veterans who I talk to are aware that the VA will pay them a compensation rate equal to the 100% rating, even if their overall rating is less than 100%, if they can’t work due solely to service-connected disabilities. Of course, to be eligible for this special benefit, called total disability based […]
Many retirement age veterans who have answered yes to this question have sought increased ratings in an effort to attain that 100 percent rating. Even more so, these veterans have consulted with local VA personnel on a claim for Entitlement to Individual Unemployability (IU).
Veterans who are unemployable due to service-connected disabilities may be entitled to a total disability rating based on individual unemployability (TDIU). Essentially, a TDIU permits a veteran who is not rated at the 100% level to be paid at the 100% level, if he or she can’t work because of service-connected disabilities. In a December […]
Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision holding that VA is not per se required to provide a “combined effects” exam in TDIU (Total Disability Due to Individual Unemployment or, simply, “unemployability”) cases. This means that VA does not need to give veterans a single examination that considers how […]
When a veteran applies for a total disability rating based on individual unemployability (TDIU), he often has more than one service-connected disability that makes him unemployable. In fact, it is very common that all of the veteran\’s disabilities taken together are what prevents employability. This is commonly referred to as the comorbidity factor.