Can You Work and Collect VA Disability?

Generally, VA disability benefits are awarded to veterans who have an illness or injury that was caused by or worsened during active military service.

For many veterans who receive disability compensation, their benefits replace the income they’d be receiving from employment.

But is it possible to work and collect VA disability?

The short answer: in some cases. In this post, Tennessee veterans disability attorney Michael Hartup explains when you can work while receiving VA disability benefits and when you can’t. 

If you need further help understanding your disability benefits, applying for VA disability, or appealing a claim, call The Law Offices of Michael Hartup at 731-424-5559. You may also contact us by filling out an online form.

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Can I Receive VA Disability for Hearing Loss or Tinnitus?

More than 28 million Americans are affected by hearing loss; more than half of those over age 75.

Hearing problems, including the ringing or buzzing sensation known as tinnitus, are the most common service-connected disability among veterans.

If you are a veteran, you may be able to receive VA disability benefits for hearing loss or tinnitus. The team at The Law Offices of Michael Hartup explains what the VA can do for you and your service-associated hearing conditions below. 

If you need further assistance applying for disability benefits, our attorneys at Michael Hartup are ready to help. Call our Jackson, Tennessee office at (731) 424-5559 or fill out a contact form online. 

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How is Social Security Disability Funded?

Social Security is the major source of income for most of the elderly, but it provides more than just retirement benefits.

Disabled workers and their dependents account for 14.5 percent of total benefits paid. One out of every 6 U.S. residents collected Social Security benefits in June 2020.

While both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are popular benefits programs, do you know how both are funded? Where does the money come from that is paid out to beneficiaries?

Below, disability attorney Michael Hartup explains how both programs are funded and who is eligible to receive those benefits.

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How Does the SSA Determine Disabilities and Qualifications for Benefits?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides benefits to help replace lost income for disabled individuals who can no longer work. In December 2016, more than 260,000 disabled Tennesseeans met the SSA’s strict definition of a disability and received Social Security benefits.

To receive benefits, the SSA must first determine you are disabled and whether you qualify for benefits. Below, our social security disability attorney explains how the SSA determines disabilities and qualifications for benefits.

If you live in Tennessee and need help applying for benefits or appealing your SSDI ruling, call our disability attorney at (731) 513-5279.

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Veterans Disability and Individual Unemployability

“Individual Unemployability,” also called Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU), is part of the VA’s disability compensation program. If you’re unable to work because of a service-connected disability, you may qualify to receive IU benefits.

The Law Offices of Michael Hartup explains how Individual Unemployability works below. If you need assistance applying for Individual Unemployability in Tennessee or want help appealing a denied Veteran Disability claim, call Michael Hartup at (731) 424-5559.

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How Long Will SSD Benefits Last?

When you’re receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) payments, you may think your benefits last forever without any further communication with the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, that’s not the case.

The experienced disability lawyer at The Law Offices of Michael Hartup has put together this guide to help you see how long Social Security Disability benefits last.

If you have further questions on the benefits program or you need help applying for social security disability, contact The Law Offices of Michael Hartup by calling (731) 424-5559.

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How the VA Rates Veterans’ Disabilities

If you got sick or injured while serving in the military, or your service made an existing condition worse, you may qualify for Veterans Association disability compensation.

To determine how much disability compensation to pay you, the VA assigns a disability rating based on the severity of your condition.

This raises one important question, though: How is your VA disability rating calculated?

Below, the experienced veterans’ disability lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael Hartup explains how the VA’s rating system works, how they determine combined ratings and more.

If you need additional help with filing a veterans’ disability claim in Tennessee, call Michael Hartup at 731-424-5559.

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Frequently Asked Questions About SSA and VA Claims Amid COVID-19

With both the Social Security Administration and Veterans Affairs offices closed to the public, you may find that filing a claim is more challenging throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

We know this is a difficult time for you and your family. Below, we answer frequently asked questions about new and ongoing claims in an effort to provide some relief.

If your question is not answered below, please call 731-424-5559 for immediate assistance or contact us online.

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Veterans Disability: What Happens If My Disability Worsens Over Time?

Once the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) determines that you have a service-connected disability, you’re assigned a disability rating that determines the amount of compensation you receive.

But what happens if your condition worsened and your health has deteriorated?

Below, the veterans disability lawyer at The Law Offices of Michael Hartup discusses how your disability rating works and what options you may have for increasing your rating and compensation.

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How Child Support Affects SSD Benefits

Are you unable to work due to a medical condition or injury, but currently pay child support? If so, you likely have questions.

Will I be required to continue paying child support? How can I afford it when my wages have been cut so drastically? Is it possible for my wages or disability benefits to be garnished?

These questions are incredibly important, which is why the Law Offices of Michael Hartup are sharing information you need to know about SSD and child support.

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