Are you a veteran who has a U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Compensation
rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T)? If so, then you are in
luck. The Social Security Administration (SSA) expedites the processing
of disability claims that are filed by veterans such as yourself.
As you probably know, there is the
Social Security Disability program and the Veterans Affairs program, both of which pay disability
benefits to those who qualify, however, the programs are different. The
processes and eligibility requirements for both programs are different as well.
If you have been given a Veterans Affairs compensation rating of 100% P
& T, unfortunately that rating does not automatically guarantee that
you’ll be eligible for disability benefits under the SSDI program.
In order for you to be eligible under Social Security’s program,
your impairment must be expected to last at least one full year, or result in death.
To qualify for SSDI, your medical condition must be so severe that you
cannot perform any type of meaningful work.
For example, if you lost your legs in combat and you’re confined
to a wheelchair, but your arms and hands are fully functional, you can
still handle data entry type work, and you can still answer phones or
work in customer service. In that case, you probably wouldn’t qualify
Note: If you receive Veterans Affair compensation, we have good news for you:
it will not affect your Social Security benefits.
How do I receive expedited processing?
Assuming you are a veteran rated 100% P&T, you can move forward and
apply for Social Security Disability benefits.
When you apply for disability benefits, you will need to inform the SSA
that you are a veteran rated 100% P&T. You will also need to submit
your Veterans Affairs notification letter to the SSA, verifying your rating.
Once Social Security verifies that you are in fact a veteran rated 100%
P&T, the SSA will classify your claim as a high priority and it will
put a rush on your application. How quickly will the SSA made a decision
about your claim? It depends on several factors, including:
- The type of disability that you have,
- How quickly the SSA receives medical evidence from your treating healthcare
- Whether the SSA needs you to have a special medical exam to support your claim.
You can help speed up the process by having all of the required information
available when you first submit your application.
If you are a veteran who wishes to apply for disability benefits under
the Social Security program,
contact our Dallas SSDI attorneys for assistance!