How to Apply for TDIU

In our last two blog posts, we have discussed the requirements for Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU), as well as some of the evidence that can help establish your claim. In this article, we will establish how to apply for TDIU benefits. First and foremost, you will need to fill out VA Form 21-8940. Even if you have all the evidence needed to prove TDIU, without this form, the VA will deny your claim for TDIU.

In order to fill out Form 21-8940, you will need the following information:

  • A list of your service-connected disabilities that prevent you from working, as well as the dates of any treatment you received for those disabilities, the name and address of your treating physicians, and any records of hospitalizations.
  • The date you last worked full-time, and the date you became too disabled to work. (Keep in mind that TDIU is based only on service-connected disabilities.)
  • The name and addresses of all employers for the last five years you worked, including self-employment. You will need to know the type of work, hours worked per week, dates of employment, time lost from illness, and highest gross earnings per month.
  • Names and addresses of any employers where you attempted to gain work since becoming too disabled to work.
  • Any schooling or training that you’ve received.

Obviously, for some people, this information will not be difficult to obtain, but if you have been out of work for a long time, or if you have had many employers and can’t remember all of them, you can request that information from the Social Security Administration at no cost.

Again, if you don’t understand how to apply for TDIU benefits, need help filing your VA claim, or have claims that have been denied, call Berry Law Firm’s team of experienced attorneys today at (888) 883-2483 for a free consultation.

For more information on applying for TDIU, follow the link provided: How To Apply For TDIU