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Total Disability for Individual Unemployability (TDIU) VA Disability Compensation

Many Veterans rated at less than 100 percent disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) cannot work due to their service-connected disabilities.

This can be frustrating because, while the Veteran believes they should be assigned a total disability rating, VA does not always believe that their symptoms qualify for a 100 percent rating.

If you received an unfavorable rating decision from VA, Bergmann & Moore could help. 

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    Individual Unemployability IU or TDIU

    Individual Unemployability is Based on the Veteran’s Specific Circumstances

    In short, VA grants the TDIU benefit to the Veteran once VA has determined the Veteran can’t work due to service-connected disabilities. The criteria for qualifying for TDIU is supposed to be based on the Veteran’s individual circumstances, including their work history, skills, training, and education. Keep in mind that TDIU is not a benefit for Veterans who are temporarily out of work.

    TDIU Eligibility

    According to VA regulations, to qualify for TDIU, a Veteran must be unable to maintain substantially gainful employment and have one of the following VA ratings:

    • One service-connected condition rated at least 60 percent, or
    • Two or more service-connected conditions, with at least one rated at 40 percent or more, and a combined rating of 70 percent or more.

    IU Benefits Can be Difficult to Obtain

    Even if a Veteran qualifies under one of the two above criteria, TDIU can still be difficult to obtain, especially if a VA doctor fails to fully describe the Veteran’s level of disability. Understanding VA’s complex rules for TDIU and then submitting all of the paperwork can be a challenge for Veterans. At Bergmann & Moore, we work to win our Veteran client’s service connection, and we also ensure the proper ratings are established, including entitlement to TDIU.

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