Monday, June 22, 2015

Veterans IU and SSDI

I speak to veterans all the time who are not able to work and are trying to get VA IU (Individual Unemployability) and who are not also applying for SSDI.  In most cases, If you have a claim for IU you should also have a claim for SSDI.  The reverse is true as well if you are applying for SSDI then in many cases you should also have a claim in for VA IU.  Yes, in most cases you can get both.  If you win one of these claims it can help you win the other as well.  The main difference is that if you are trying to get SSDI the decision maker at Social Security will look at all your medical conditions to determine if you are disabled.  In a VA IU claim the Veterans Administration will only look at your service connected disabilities to determine if you are unable to work.  They each have their own rules to determine if you are disabled so you will still have to prove your case to both agencies but for most veterans unable to work you should have both claims.  If you have any questions and would like to speak to a lawyer that handles both VA IU and SSDI cases feel free to call me at 1-877-527-5529.