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Schedular Disability vs Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU)
Obtaining VA Disability Benefits: 100% Schedular? TDIU? What's The Difference?
A Key Factor of Education and Ancillary Health Benefits is a Permanent Disability Rating.
To receive the maximum benefits, it’s important to make sure that your disability rating both depicts and mirrors the boundaries of your physical abilities.
The Veterans Benefits Administration uses two different methods when deciding on disability for which a Veteran can be rated 100% disabled.
Many believe that a total disability rating will always provide a Veteran’s family with full benefits, but sadly, that is not the case.
Ancillary benefits (healthcare) and educational benefits are available for dependents of permanently disabled Veterans.
The attorneys at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer, and Balaban focus on ensuring a Veteran or their family can secure the full number of benefits available. In the past, we have helped many Veterans:
• Qualify for the full compensation that they deserve under the VA guidelines.
• State their case for Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU).
• Appeal the Schedular Rating(s) they receive.
• Compile key evidence of any permanent disability/disabilities.
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Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) Against “The Schedule”: How to Make Sense of It
Although both processes will eventually reach the same result, the schedule and TDIU are different.
There are two ways for disability to be calculated, however the payments will remain equal.
If the schedular route is taken, the doctors at the VA will use a list of injuries and requirements to reach a determination of total disability, if all areas are met.
Thankfully, the VA realized that this method cannot cover all injuries and that if you or a loved one is a Veteran who unfortunately has two or more partially disabling conditions, are able to be disabled via an aggregate, instead of from any single causation.
Additionally, TDIU can give doctors the chance to look at the totality of any Veterans’ physical boundaries, and whether they prevent him or her from finding, gaining, and keeping economically beneficial employment.
It’s important to remember that added compensation is available only when a rating is decided to be permanent, even though a 100 percent schedule disability rating or an unemployability rating can yield significant benefits on their own.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does It Cost To Hire You?
It does not cost you anything to hire our Veterans Benefits Law Firm as your attorneys. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not owe us anything unless we win you an award. Our firm charges 20%, which is deducted by the VA from your lump sum payment for retroactive benefits.
How Long Will It Take To Appeal My Benefits Denial?
While it can take six months or more for a Veteran to receive a decision on his or her initial benefits claim from the Department of Veterans Affairs, appeals could take 2 years of more. The Department of Veterans Affairs lacks the funding to properly staff and process benefits applications. The number of applications from recently returning Veterans must be dealt with while the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to actively work towards providing services to prior generations of Veterans.
How Do I Increase My Disability Rating?
Great question! If the condition that you are actively receiving disability benefits for has now ultimately worsened over time, you can file an increased rating claim. It’s fairly simple, and it involves filing out an online claim form or mailing a letter to your regional office documenting the change in your condition.
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All communication with the Department of Veterans Affairs can be conducted remotely; personal appearances are not required.
Our law firm is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist Veterans anywhere across the United States.
Furthermore, our clients do not need to go to a physical location or visit an office to receive our help. If there are any medical visits that are applicable to your claim, you can be seen at a facility that is close to your home. So, no matter where you are, if you need help, we’re here to fight for you the same way that you bravely fought to protect us.
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