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What is Relevant Evidence in a TDIU Claim?

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | April 29, 2021 | Firm News

Assessing all relevant evidence of record is required to determine TDIU entitlement. Evidence that can be used to support entitlement to VA individual unemployability benefits can take many forms ranging from medical opinions to education and work history. How do Medical Opinions Impact TDIU Claims? The professional opinions of psychologists, doctors, nurses, etc. hold a… read more

Does A Serious Disability Entitle Me to Additional Compensation from the VA?

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | April 14, 2021 | Firm News

Veterans who lost or lose of the use of specific organs or body parts due to their military service might be entitled to Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) benefits. Furthermore, additional SMC benefits are permitted for veterans who are rated at the 100 percent rate and meet one of the following criteria: housebound, bedridden, or requires… read more

How Does Work and Education Factor Into a TDIU Claim

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | March 7, 2021 | Firm News

  Two major factors that VA is required to consider when determining whether the veteran’s service connected disabilities preclude them from securing substantially gainful employment are education and employment history. VA is not allowed to simply imply that work history or education are the reasons for a denied claim without attempting to relate these factors… read more

What Factors Can the VA Consider for TDIU?

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | March 2, 2021 | Firm News

Although many complicated factors form the overall picture of whether a veteran is able to secure and maintain substantially gainful employment, VA regulations prevent them from taking certain factors into account when making decisions on entitlement to individual unemployability (TDIU or IU). Even though many elements may unquestionably contribute to the overall picture of whether… read more

How a TDIU Rating Allows Veterans to Receive the 100 Percent Payment Rate

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | December 27, 2020 | Firm News

There are two ways to receive the 100 percent payment rate from VA. The first way is to have a service-connected disability or disabilities that combine to create a 100 percent schedular rating, but it can be challenging to receive a 100 percent combined rating – especially if you are combining multiple disabilities to receive… read more

VA Disability For Gulf War Syndrome

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | December 12, 2020 | Firm News

If you served in the military during the Gulf War and you have some disabling symptoms that cannot be explained by a specific medical condition, you may qualify for VA disability benefits. Some of those symptoms include: Migraines or severe headaches Sustained, debilitating fatigue Difficulty sleeping Memory problems Cognition issues Digestive ailments If you are… read more

Schedular versus Extraschedular TDIU

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | December 1, 2020 | Firm News

There are two paths to receiving a total disability rating based on individual unemployability (called, TDIU or IU) from the VA. The easier path is when a veteran meets the rating requirements for a ‘schedular’ TDIU, however, a veteran can still receive a TDIU rating even if they don’t meet the rating requirements for schedular… read more

VA Disability For Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | November 16, 2020 | Firm News

VA Disability For Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are life-altering injuries and are considered the ‘signature’ injury of the war on terror. If you suffered a head injury in the military and have residuals of TBI, you may qualify for VA disability benefits. What are Residuals of TBI? According to the Department… read more

VA Disability Benefits for Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | November 2, 2020 | Firm News

VA Disability Benefits for Military Sexual Trauma (MST) The VA Reports that 1 in 4 female veterans and 1 in 100 male veterans report experiencing MST in the military, however, the number is likely much higher due to fact that most MST victims do not report their trauma. Military sexual trauma, such as physical assaults,… read more

What is Individual Unemployability?

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | November 1, 2020 | Firm News

If you have a service-connected disability that keeps you from working, you may be eligible for Individual Unemployability, referred to as IU or TDIU. This means that you may qualify for benefits at the same payment rate as a disabled veteran who receives a disability rating of 100 percent. In order to receive IU, you… read more