Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) Definition
Total disability based on individual unemployability (TDIU) is a disability benefit that allows for veterans to be compensated at VA’s 100 percent disability rate, even if their combined schedular disability rating does not equal 100 percent. TDIU is awarded in circumstances in which veterans are unable to secure or follow substantially gainful employment due to their service-connected condition(s). VA outlines TDIU regulations under 38 CFR § 4.16, which encompasses subsections (a) and (b). Each subsection describes a way by which veterans may meet the requirements for TDIU. In order to qualify for TDIU under 38 CFR § 4.16(a), a veteran must have:
- One service-connected condition rated at 60 percent or more; or
- Two or more service-connected conditions, one of which is rated at least 40 percent disabling, with a combined disability rating of at least 70 percent.
Veterans who do not meet the schedular requirements under 38 CFR § 4.16(a) may still be considered for TDIU under § 4.16(b). Under this subsection, VA must refer your entitlement to the Director of Compensation Service for extraschedular consideration.
- Board Did Not Consider Favorable Evidence, Relied on Inadequate Exam in PSTD and TDIU Denial
- BVA denial of increased rating for costochondritis and TDIU relied on inadequate reasons or bases
- Board Erred When It Denied an Increased Rating for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Found it Lacked Jurisdiction Over TDIU Claim
- BVA fails to consider TDIU despite being raised in an increased rating claim for Veteran’s lower back condition
- Is TDIU Permanent?
- What’s Required for Continued TDIU Eligibility?
- What Is the Difference Between TDIU and a 100 Percent Schedular Rating?
- I Am 100% Disabled by VA; Can I Get TDIU Too?
- Do I Qualify for TDIU if I Can’t Maintain Employment?
- I Don’t Meet VA’s TDIU Eligibility Requirements. Should I Give up on Qualifying for TDIU?
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