In this guide, we’ll discuss maximizing your VA benefits for migraines through Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU).
For veterans struggling to work due to debilitating migraines, these benefits can be a lifeline and a way to additional financial benefits they need.
Read on for valuable insights to help you secure the compensation you deserve.
VA Ratings for Migraines
Understanding how the VA rates migraines is crucial in order to receive benefits for them.
Under 38 CFR § 4.124a, Diagnostic Code 8100, migraines are evaluated on a scale from 0 to 50%.
To reach the maximum 50% rating, you must present evidence of frequent, prostrating migraines.
For an in-depth exploration of VA ratings for migraines and the evidence required, we recommend reading our dedicated post on the topic.
Eligibility for TDIU
Remember: a 50% disability rating for migraines doesn’t automatically grant TDIU benefits.
To qualify, you need a total disability rating of 70% or more, with your migraines rated at 40% or more.
For a better understanding of secondary conditions related to migraines, and how to increase your rating, see our guide below.
Proving TDIU for Migraines
Proving your TDIU claim for migraines can be approached in two ways: schedular and extra-schedular.
A combined disability rating of over 70% qualifies you for TDIU on a schedular basis.
However, even if your schedular rating falls below this threshold, you can still apply for TDIU if your migraines render you unable to work.
The strength of your TDIU claim relies on solid medical and work-related evidence.
Consider maintaining a headache log or documenting treatments to demonstrate the severity of your migraines.
Statements from former employers and a detailed work history record can further bolster your unemployability claim.
Learn more about gathering compelling evidence in our comprehensive guide about VA benefits claims evidence.
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