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What should I know about SSD claims for disabled veterans?

Alabama residents who have served in the Armed Forces deserve a debt of gratitude. For some, their service led to injuries and disabilities. When this is the case, it is important for them to understand how veterans' injuries can warrant an approval for Social Security disability benefits. If the veteran has been categorized as 100% disabled, they are eligible to have their case expedited.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Compensation rating of 100% Permanent and Total will allow the applicant to have their case heard faster than it otherwise would be. The Social Security Administration and Veterans Affairs will compensate those who are qualified. However, there is a difference between a VA determination of 100% disability and the SSA's decision. For SSD benefits, the person must also show that they are severely impaired, and that the impairment will last a minimum of 12 months or lead to the person's death. It must also be determined that the applicant is so severely disabled that performing substantial work is impossible.

When the veteran is classified as 100% P&T, they must inform the SSA of the rating. Once the applicant has been identified as 100% P&T, the claim will be classified as high priority and will be rushed through. This applies to all aspects of the case, including an appeal, if needed. The amount of time the person must wait will vary. It depends on the disability, how long it takes to get evidence from medical sources and treating physicians, and whether a medical examination is needed to bolster the claim.

If a claim is denied, the appeal can be expedited for a disabled veteran. For this or any other issue related to Social Security disability, a law firm experienced in SSD and veterans' issues may be able to help.

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