As of March 17, 2014, veterans with a 100% permanent and total (P&T) disability rating by the VA may be eligible for an expedited disability review. It is important to note that a rating of 100% P&T does not necessary mean that you will qualify for Social Security disability benefits. According to the SSA, an individual is classified as disabled under Social Security rules if:
- They cannot do the work that they once did.
- They cannot adjust to work because of a medical condition.
- Their disability has lasted or is expected to last at least one year or result in death.
Veterans’ Claim Eligibility Requirements for Faster Disability Review Process
To get an expedited disability review, you must identify yourself as “veteran rated 100% P&T” on your application. If you apply in person at the SSA office or through an attorney, tell them you’re a “veteran rated 100% P&T.” That way, they can put your application though all the necessary procedures. If applying online, make sure you identify yourself as “veteran rated 100% P&T” in your application’s remarks section. Regardless of how you decide to apply for disability benefits, you must provide a letter to the SSA from the VA that verifies your 100% P&T rating.
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
Even though your benefits application may go through this faster disability review process, determination times may vary. Factors that may cause delays include the severity of your disability and further medical evidence needed to support your claim. For more information on veterans benefits eligibility, contact a VA-accredited attorney before filing your claim.
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