Knowledgeable VA Individual Unemployability Lawyer

If you are a veteran who is unable to work or you have difficulty working but do not already have a 100% on the VA rating schedule, you have an opportunity to apply for total disability based on individual unemployability. 

At Bassett Murray Law Group, PLLC our Individual Unemployability VA lawyers can help you determine if you qualify for total disability benefits, submit your application, and file a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

What Is Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU)?

Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability is a disability benefit where veterans can qualify for benefits if they cannot work due to a service-related condition. 

The program awards benefits based on your specific condition and how it prevents you from gainful employment. There are several strictly defined requirements to qualify for TDIU benefits, including service-connected disability rating and your employment status. 

Our disability attorneys can help you understand the following requirements as they apply to you:

  • You applied for or already qualify for general disability benefits from the VA. 
  • Your disability is completely service connected. 
  • You have a single service-connected disability rated at 60% or higher, or two or more disability rates totaling 70% or higher (one of which must be 40% or higher). 
  • You are unable to hold a job because of your disability, or
  • You can only hold jobs that offer income below the poverty threshold for one person, or
  • You can only work because you work in a protected work environment, such as a family business or a job designed for disabled veterans. 

How to Apply for Individual Unemployability Worldwide

The application process for TDIU benefits begins by submitting VA Form 21-8940. This form asks questions regarding your medical information, work history, and other personal information. 

Some applications take a few months to process, while others take up to a year. Strict guidelines outline the disabilities that qualify for TDIU, and it is often more difficult to qualify for than social security disability benefits.

The Department of Veterans Affairs will inform you of the decision via mail. Approvals contain further information on your benefits and when they begin. 

Our VA Lawyers Can Help You Appeal a Denied TDIU Claim 

If your application was denied, our legal team can help you appeal in a timely manner. Individual Unemployability VA claims are commonly denied if your application does not prove your inability to work. The good news is that the VA does not limit applications, so we can file an appeal with additional evidence that supports your claim.

Bassett Murray Law Group, PLLC is experienced at gathering and presenting exhaustive evidence including medical records, doctors’ recommendations, letters from former or current employers, and more. The more information you can provide, the better. 

Contact an Experienced Individual Unemployability VA Lawyer

Applying for disability benefits or fighting a denied claim can be challenging if you don’t have an experienced lawyer on your side to handle the paperwork. At The Bassett Murray Law Group, PLLC  we proudly provide legal support and guidance for veterans seeking VA disability benefits worldwide. 

Call 734-930-9200 to speak to schedule a telephone, video or in-person consultation with an Individual Unemployability VA lawyer serving US Veterans worldwide.


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Bassett Murray Law Group, PLLC
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Bassett Murray Law Group, PLLC
2045 Hogback Road
​Ann Arbor, MI ​48105
Phone: 734-930-9200
Fax: 734-930-9942