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Schedular Disability vs. TDIU

Securing VA Disability Benefits: 100 Percent Schedular Versus TDIU

A permanent disability rating is key to ancillary health and education benefits

To get the most from your veterans’ benefits, you must have an accurate disability rating that truly reflects your physical limitations. The Veterans Administration has two methods of measuring disability by which a vet can be rated 100 percent disabled. However, a total disability rating that is only temporary may not provide a veteran’s family with full benefits, since ancillary benefits for healthcare and education are only available to dependents of permanently disabled vets. At Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, we are dedicated to helping veterans obtain the maximum benefits available. We help veterans:

  • Qualify for disability under the VA schedule for the full compensation they deserve
  • Appeal schedule ratings and make a case for total disability individual unemployability (TDIU)
  • Present convincing evidence of permanent disability

Understanding “the schedule” versus total disability individual unemployability (TDIU)

The schedule and TDIU processes for rating total disability are different, but achieve the same end results. In other words, there are two ways to calculate disability, but the benefits payments are equal. With the schedule method, VA doctors have a list of injuries and requirements that must be met to reach a determination of total disability. However, the VA realizes that the schedule cannot cover all injuries, and that veterans with two or more partially disabling conditions can be disabled in the aggregate, rather than from a single cause. TDIU allows doctors to look at whether, given the totality of a veteran’s physical limitations, he or she can keep gainful employment. Although obtaining a 100 percent schedular disability rating or an individual unemployability rating secures significant veterans benefits, additional veterans compensation is available only when that rating is permanent.

Let us help you achieve permanent disability status

The complexities of the VA disability rating process can be difficult to manage without experienced counsel. Our skilled VA disability benefits attorneys guide you through every step of the process, ensuring that the evidence of your disability is complete, clear and concise. To schedule a free consultation, call us toll free at 866-866-VETS or contact Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban online.

  • Thank to Mr. Spencer I was able to get my VA disability claim re-reviewed and given another chance to receive disability. By far he is one of the most professional lawyers I have ever dealt with. So Veterans if you are looking for help with your VA disability claim I would suggest that you hire Macari, Russotto, Spencer, & Balaban. Thanks again for everything.

    — Alfred Daye

  • As a disabled veteran trying to navigate the complexities of the Veterans Administrations regulations, I turned to the law firm of Marcari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban. They helped me understand what I needed to do and prepared and presented to the VA an excellent presentation of my case. I recommend them for your legal needs.

    — Harry Johnson

  • I was very satisfied with the excellent and professional manner the law firm handled my claim. I highly recommend any veteran who needs help with his or her claim to use Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban P.C. Special thanks to Mr Spencer for being very professional and courteous during the appeal process. Again Thanks to the entire firm for a job well done!

    — Luther Henderson

  • My husband & I highly recommend this law form to any veteran trying to navigate the endless red tape of the VA. We turned to Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban to handle my husband's appeal and could not have been happier. We enjoyed open and consistent communication regarding our case. Any questions we had were answered immediately.

    — Michele DeZayas

  • Amanda Medina-Morales was our point of contact and she kept us up to date on the progress of our case. It was a pleasure and relief knowing that someone truly competent and professional was handling this and fighting for us.

    — Michele DeZayas

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