November 13, 2010

I am Receiving VA Disability Compensation, Can I Also Receive Social Security Disability?

Many Indiana disabled veterans talk to Indianapolis Social Security Disability Attorney Scott Lewis about receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits when they are receiving disability compensation from the Veterans Administration (VA). At the present, there are many Indiana disabled veterans coming home from active duty with various disabling conditions; one prominent condition is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). There are several factors to take into consideration when talking about these two very separate programs.

1.  If I qualify for Veterans benefits, do I automatically qualify for Social Security benefits? No. These are two different government programs. An Indiana Social Security disability claimant with a VA rating of 70 percent or more may have a better chance that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will take into consideration the Veterans Administration has found you disabled at such a high rating, but there is no guarantee.

2.  Does the Social Security Administration (SSA) work on percentages like the Veterans Administration?  No, with the Social Security Administration it is all or nothing. They either find you 100% disabled or they don’t.

3.  When should I apply? As soon as you are unable to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA). If you are unable to work because of your disabling condition, you should apply for Indiana Social Security disability benefits immediately. One of the problems Indianapolis Social Security disability lawyer Scott Lewis runs into is that his disabled veteran clients wait too long to apply. Many Indiana veterans leave active duty in a disabled condition and start receiving VA compensation not knowing they are eligible for Indiana Social Security disability benefits. The problem here is that the clock starts ticking and these Indiana veterans don’t know they have a limited time to prove they are disabled before their date last insured runs out.

4.  Will the Social Security Administration consider my VA medical records? Hopefully. In Indiana Social Security disability lawyer Scott Lewis’ experience, the Veterans Administration physicians seem to be wary of giving information that will substantially improve your chances of winning. While Veterans Administration medical records may not be difficult to obtain, a good written report of your disabling condition seems to be elusive. Indianapolis Social Security attorney Scott Lewis can only believe this is due to the large number of veterans seeking treatment and the small amount of time Veterans Administration physicians have to see these patients.

The above is a summary of experiences Indianapolis Social Security disability lawyer Scott Lewis has had and in no way should be taken as legal advice. Indianapolis disability attorney Scott D. Lewis is a 100% service connected disabled veteran and has had experience with the Veterans Administration as a patient and has great respect for the Veterans Administration and all of our armed forces service members.

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