Comerford Law Office provides legal services for veterans seeking veterans’ disability benefits. James R. Comerford has fulfilled the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs accreditation process and is authorized to represent Veterans seeking disability benefits. Many young military members go overseas just starting their adult lives and with many plans for their future careers. However, too many return to the United States with those plans vastly changed. Many serious injuries sustained at war can prevent a veteran from pursuing their intended career path or even from working at all. If you were injured and are unable to earn a living, you may qualify for Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) Veterans’ Compensation.
Generally speaking, the amount of veterans benefits you will receive for your injuries depends on your disability rating as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). However, if you have an injury or condition that is not 100 percent disabling but still prevents you from getting a job and/or keeping gainful employment, you may qualify for a TDIU rating, which can increase the number of benefits you receive to 100 percent despite having a lower disability rating.
Generally speaking, to qualify for individual unemployability, you must meet the following criteria:
In some rare circumstances, veterans with ratings lower than the above minimums may still be approved for TDIU benefits if their disabilities have specific effects that make it impossible to hold down a job.
Many people who do have less than 100 percent disability ratings are not aware that they may be eligible for more benefits if they cannot work. They may struggle to try to survive on their partial benefits and odd jobs since they are unable to hold a job for an extended period of time. Some conditions that may keep you from working include:
These are only a few of many conditions for which we may be able to get you qualified for TDIU.
What Exactly is a VA Unemployability Claim?
A TDIU claim is quite difficult to prove, but you do not have to prove that you are “100% disabled.” The VA will, however, expect you to prove that your disability is real, it meets specific criteria from the VA, your disability was acquired in the line of duty, and it prevents you from sustaining gainful employment.
What are the VA’s Criteria for Total Disability or Individual Unemployability?
Even if the disability rating assigned to you by the VA is less than 100%, you can still have your rating adjusted to 100% based on individual unemployability. To claim TDIU benefits, you must prove the following:
What is the TDIU Effective Date?
The effective date is the date from which you are assigned benefits. This date is not the date that the VA accepts your claim. Instead, it is the date on which you filed the claim (or the date on which the VA received your claim). You will be entitled to back pay from the date your filing was accepted to the date your filing was granted. Additionally, veterans who apply for disability rating changes have effective dates as well. These are calculated from the date the VA receives the claim.
Am I Entitled to Back Pay from the VA?
Yes. Applications can take years to sort out. Once your application has been granted, the VA will pay your claim from the date it received your application. You are entitled to recover payments from the date your application was received to the date your claim is granted.
How Long Does VA Unemployability Last?
Depending on your medical progress, VA unemployability can either be permanent or temporary. In cases in which unemployability is deemed permanent, you will see the P&T (permanent and total) box checked. This means that there will be no future medical exams scheduled to determine your status. In some cases, veterans are re-rated as having higher disabilities, while in other cases, they are re-rated lower.
Many different service-related conditions and disabilities can make it impossible for you to keep a job that is sufficient to support yourself. At the Comerford Law Office in Chicago, we understand the many different ways that disabilities can prevent you from earning an adequate living. You do not have to continue struggling to make ends meet with partial veterans disability payments. Instead, you should not hesitate to call dedicated veterans disability attorney James R. Comerford to discuss your options for Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) Veterans’ Compensation. Call us today.
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Military Sexual Trauma case
Disability associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Retroactive pay regarding a PTSD misdiagnosis.
PTSD resulting in Unemployability
Traumatic brain injury case
Wrongfully denied SSA claim
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Non-presumptive cardiac impairment linked to Agent Orange
Agent Orange exposure case that led to Parkison’s disease.
ERISA long term disability benefits.
James Comerford demonstrates he is a lawyer that will help veterans seek the compensation they deserve. He does not give up too easily. His track record proved to me, I needed his support and assistance. He was the hope I was looking for to put hope and life back into my claim and give it some respect, so those on the Board of Appeals would take my case a little more seriously. He provided me with hope and supported me…
Comerford Law did an outstanding job helping with my VA claim. Jim was very responsive to emails and phone calls. I highly recommend this law firm. Very professional. Mr. Comerford has done an excellent job working through my appeals and my unemployability approval. Hands down the best VA attorney in the Chicago area!
I want to thank James for a job well done. He was able to get all my back pay and my disability rating from 50% to 70%. I can't say enough on a job well done. And very accessible when you have a question. I highly recommend him on your VA cases. In fact, I've given the local VSO his Office Website for problems they have encountered with the VA process. Thank you, James.
What I liked about Jim Comerford from the start was that his Dad was a Vietnam veteran. He understood more than the average person. Jim took over my case well before bladder cancer was on the presumptive list. He stayed with me the entire time via two claim rejections, my final hearing, a VES interview, and whatever else the VA threw our way. He handled all the details. Telephones were always answered by a real person (Jim) and answers didn’t…
Comerford law puts 110% into getting what his VA clients sacrificed so much for and gets results. I give Comerford law a 5 star review.
From the start, Mr Comerford was prompt, matter of fact and yet empathetic. WHen we first spoke on the phone, Mr Comerford took the time to listen to my military history and then to help formulate a plan based on my circumstances. I had access to Mr Comerford by both email and phone. I was never denied time or a call. I am convinced that by using Mr Comerford's services, I received the best rating based on my circumstances. As…
Jim is very thorough. I have been getting the run around by the VA since I initially filed in 2014 and just had my BVA hearing so I have not yet received a decision from the judge. I previously had the American Legion and then the DAV as representatives and they truly dropped the ball. Jim was able to show and explain to me where mistakes had been made and he also helped me to retrieve documents I thought had…
My lawyer James Comerford did an awesome job for me and my wife for my disability case. And we did win my disability case after fighting the system. I would want him on my side. I would like to thank him he is a great guy.
My husband a Vietnam Vet filed a claim for an increased rating due to his PTSD, depression and other issues. in 2011. If the Veteran approved a claim it was one that stated we agree the claim condition exists but it is non-compensable. For many years we had someone else working with us and was disappointed with their ability to help us. Many times I filed the paperwork myself. It reached the point where I almost gave up hope. Then…
Mr. Comerford is a brilliant lawyer who assisted me with my VA disability case. I had been denied in the past, and he knew exactly what to do. Thankfully, he resolved my issue with the VA, getting me the rating I deserved. I am very happy and pleased with his service. I highly recommend Mr. Comerford for your disability needs if you are having problems. He is professional and responds very quickly whenever you may have questions or concerns.
Jim has been unbelievable in my VA disability case. He is down to earth, compassionate, realistic, and knowledgeable. Jim explains everything so you can understand and treats you with the utmost respect. I greatly appreciate is his rapid response to calls and emails. If he is unable to take your call he gets back to you very fast. Jim helped me get the rating I deserved and kept me informed along the way. He even found increased ratings where I…
I emailed Mr. Comerford concerning my son, a Gulf War era vet with a disability incurred during a deployment. My son was later denied VA disability benefits and I was inquiring with Mr. Comerford about an appeal. My son was and is currently treated by the VA’s medical professionals monthly. I have great respect and sincere appreciation for all that these folks have done, and will do, in order to help my boy live as normal of a life as…
More than a decade of fighting the VA for benefits and traveling through the delays and denials. I concluded that I was in need of someone who really who really cares in helping a veteran. After having various service officers I was still feeling left behind. I made the decision in retaining someone who new how to drive through the roads of delay and denials and that someone you should know is James Comerford.
I approached The Comerford Law Office because I had been working on my VA claim for over 5 years with little progress. Jim Comerford helped me by compiling the necessary documents and professional opinions needed for my claim. The result was that I finally received the hearing I had been waiting years for. Not only did I get my hearing, but Jim was there to represent me and give the correct, relevant information that was vital to my claim being…
He assisted me with my case and did an outstanding job. I am very thankful!
I was on full disability in 2005 i gave it up because i thout i could wor 3 yrs later i was back where i started, I found Mr. Comerford by accident, let me tell you he went to bat for me, he worked for a large law firm where everyone was just a file/number, he opened his own practice, small but knows everyone personally and by name, when I was down he didn't quit, when the judge denied me…
I contacted Jim after my first denial for SS Disability. He was referred to me by a good friend who had retained him for her Disability odyssey as well. My Disability case was somewhat difficult because I didn’t have a nice, large cache of medical documentation to back up my claim. Despite this and other complications Jim helped me get through my hearing and I received a fully favorable decision from the Judge and now I am just waiting to…
James is an absolutely great lawyer. He fully understands his area of expertise, he’s quick to answer any questions with clear, concise directions on how to proceed. His insight into understanding how to navigate with many case laws and government agencies helped me as his client better understand the case law and it’s ways. James is quick to answer emails and phone calls, and made me feel very comfortable. I highly, highly recommended James for his case law specialties. A…
Jim is absolutely one of the nicest, most compassionate, and intelligent lawyers out there. He is fast to answer any question with clear, concise direction. His insight into understanding how to navigate with many government agencies helps his clients in many ways. Jim is quick to answer emails and calls, and makes his clients feel very comfortable. Highly, highly recommended.
Jim is a good lawyer that helped us through a difficult purchase of our home(he also was the lawyer for the sale of our previous home). We had quite a few issues with the details of the purchase with both the bank and the seller that James made sure were resolved as quickly as possible. When the selling lawyer would not respond to phone calls/emails Jim physically went to the lawyer’s office and made sure that the final details were…
I had gone on disability before and got better so I went back to work again. When I got bad again and applied for disability, it was unbelievable. IT was hell. I got hooked up with Jim, and he was an incredible human being as well as a wonderful lawyer. I definitely recommend anyone who needs a disability lawyer to use Jim.
Jim has been representing me through my Social Security Disability adventure for 6 years. I knew my case would not be easy because of my disabilities. I contacted Jim after I initially applied for SSDI. My SSDI case was denied the first time through. Unfortunately, the Rheumatologist I had been seeing for 17 years kept horrible records, barely recording any medical history. After reviewing them, Jim knew this was going to be an uphill battle, but battle on he did.…
I was referred to Jim after my SSDI Request for Redetermination was denied. My original disability claim had been filed by a company claiming to specialize in disability---yet I was never allowed to speak with an actual attorney and I did everything except the original electronic submission of the claim---which was compiled by a low-level intake person. I dismissed them after my original claim was denied. I was immediately delighted to have found Jim. My first call was with Jim…