If you have a VA rating of 100% P&T, you may qualify for disability benefits, but you are not guaranteed benefits. VA benefits and Social Security disability benefits are both federal government programs, but both have very different requirements. Here is a closer look at qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits after having a 100% VA disability rating.
How Do 100% P&T Veterans Qualify For Social Security Disability
You can qualify for Social Security Disability benefits if the disabling condition that you are experiencing meets the criteria of a Blue Book listing.
The Blue Book is a medical guide used by the Social Security Administration (SSA). While VA benefits is only paid for medical issues that relate directly to your military service, the SSA considers all medical conditions.
Your condition does not have to be from your military service, but instead, can be something you developed or experienced after your time in the military. The SSA will consider other medical issues, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes, along with your service-connected disabilities.
Can I Get An Expedited Claim As A Veteran With 100% P&T?
When you file for disability benefits, you should indicate on your claim that you have a 100% P & T rating. When that is noted, the SSA will be aware of it and then will expedite your claim.
However, an expedited claim does not mean that you are automatically approved for disability benefits from the SSA. However, it does mean that you will have a faster decision regarding your SSA disability claim than those claimants who are not 100% P & T. You will need to provide all your supporting documentation and medical evidence to back up your claim.
Can I Get SSDI If I Receive VA Disability?
Yes, you can receive both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and VA disability. However, you must meet the requirements of both programs to receive benefits from both programs.
The VA will only consider conditions to your military service. These could be injuries or other service-related conditions, such as pulmonary disorders or heart conditions caused by your service.
All your medical conditions, both those related to your military service and those not related to your military service are considered during your SSDI claim.
Get Help With Your SSD Claim
Get a free case evaluation today. If you are unable to work because of medical issues, and you are a veteran receiving VA disability benefits, enlist the help of a disability lawyer to help you with your SSDI claim.
An attorney who handles disability claims can review the details of your medical issues and ensure you have the proper supporting medical evidence as well as any other supporting documentation that your claim needs.
Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form to get your claim on the right track, so you can access the monthly benefits that you need to cover living expenses and medical care.