Social Security Disability Benefits for Veterans
Tulsa SSDI Attorneys Explain What to Know about Veterans Social Security Disability Benefits
Disabled veterans may receive Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) in addition to veteran disability benefits. At Troutman & Troutman, P.C., we commit to helping the brave men and women who served this country get the veterans Social Security disability benefits they need and deserve.
The disability attorneys at our firm can determine your Social Security eligibility for benefits. We can also provide assistance to former military members throughout the entire disability claims process. Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. Consequently, there is no financial risk for you to hire an experienced disability attorney. You only pay an attorney fee if we are successful. This fee is typically 25 percent of your past due disability benefits. All benefits you receive after we win your Social Security disability veterans claim are yours to keep.
What is the Difference Between VA Disability and Social Security Disability Benefits?
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) determines the amount of benefits a veteran can receive. It bases the amount on the veteran’s percentage of disability. The VA will issue a disability rating, which can range from 10 to 100 percent. It then pays benefits based on that rating and number of dependents. You may be entitled to VA benefits if your disability resulted from an injury or illness incurred or aggravated during active military service.
Social Security disability benefits for veterans are only available to those who fit the definition of total disability from the SSA. The SSA does not use a range or percentage to determine Social Security for disabled veterans. It is a question of whether you are disabled or not, with no percentages of disability in between. This is one major difference between SSA benefits and VA disability benefits.
Can I Get VA Benefits and Social Security Benefits for Disabled Veterans?
Receiving VA benefits does not compromise the eligibility of veterans to receive Social Security benefits as well. Many claimants can receive both VA and Social Security disability payments, called concurrent benefits.
If you receive VA benefits and have a high VA disability rating of 70 percent or higher, then you have a good chance of receiving SSDI benefits. This is because another federal agency already determined they are incapable of finding alternative means of employment due to your residual functional capacity (RFC). Due to this, there is judicial precedent that makes VA disability ratings an influential factor during the SSA determination process.
Consulting a Tulsa disability attorney is the best way to understand your eligibility for veterans Social Security disability benefits. Veterans already receiving VA benefits should ask a Social Security attorney about eligibility for additional benefits through the SSA.
SSDI Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities
SSDI benefits are available to veterans who have worked and paid Social Security taxes long enough to accumulate the Social Security work credits necessary for benefits. This includes work experience at military and non-military jobs. The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines the amount of SSDI benefits based on your prior work history. To qualify for SSDI benefits, the SSA will consider you disabled if:
- You cannot do the work you did before or adjust to other types of work because of a disability (Click here for more information about SSDI benefits and working)
- Your medical condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or expected to result in death
Ask Veterans Social Security Disability Lawyers Your Questions
If a service related injury or illness left you disabled, then you may be entitled to SSDI, SSI and/or VA benefits. Veterans in the Tulsa area can benefit from gaining the support of the family-run Social Security disability law firm of Troutman & Troutman, P.C. Please contact our disability law office today to find what Social Security benefits are available to you.