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5 Common Reasons Why The VA Denies TDIU Claims

Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) gives veterans with disabilities the financial help they need to survive. However, going through the process is challenging and takes time. If you’re in this situation, understanding common mistakes in the claims process will help you secure the benefits you need.

How Do TDIU Claims Work?

Successful TDIU claims give benefits to veterans who have a 100% disability rate or can’t work due to their illness. To qualify, the VA evaluates your ability to find work based on your medical condition, employment history, educational background, and how your disability affects employment opportunities. Evidence of how your service-connected condition impacts your employability will significantly boost your chances of approval.

5 Reasons Why Your TDIU Claim Might Be Rejected

The VA is strict with who gets approved for TDIU benefits, and only a third of applicants qualify for the first time. Here are a few main reasons why so many applicants get rejected:

Insufficient Medical Evidence

Detailed medical evidence is the core of any disability claim. You’ll need documentation of your service-connected disabilities, including clinical history, treatment records, and statements from healthcare providers. Submitting incomplete medical records or not having them could undermine your claim. Ensure your medical documents can show how your conditions limit or prevent work-related activities to avoid suspicion.

Misunderstanding The TDIU Eligibility Criteria

Some veterans apply without meeting the minimum disability rating threshold or fully understanding the requirement that disabilities must directly impact one’s ability to work. Always review the eligibility criteria closely or consult a disability lawyer to see if your claim aligns with the VA’s requirements.

Missing Your VA Examination

The VA uses C&P exams to confirm the presence and severity of your conditions, so they’re an essential part of the disability evaluation process. That said, missing one can result in an automatic denial. If you can’t attend your scheduled exam, contact the VA as soon as possible to reschedule.

Filling Out The Application Incorrectly

Even the most minor mistake when filling out your TDIU application can lead to delays or outright denial. Common errors include incomplete forms, inaccurate information, or failure to submit your evidence. Before finalizing your claim, take some time to review and complete your application to ensure you’re not missing anything.

Not Meeting The Service Connection Requirement

You need to directly link your disability and your military service to qualify for TDIU. Denials often happen when your evidence isn’t strong enough to show the service connection. Strengthen your claim by giving them detailed medical evidence, personal statements, and buddy statements that corroborate your disability’s service connection.

How Our Disability Lawyers Can Help You

Our New York veterans’ disability lawyers specialize in guiding veterans through the intricacies of the TDIU claims process. From gathering evidence to preparing your application and navigating appeals, we’re here to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you’re having difficulties filing your TDIU claim or have any questions, please contact us online or at 855-599-2141 for a free consultation with our team today.

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