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TDIU strategy: getting approved for SSDI first


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I know that SSDI for SC disabilities means near automatic approval of TDIU but not the other way around. Does that mean that I should try to get SSDI first? If so, do you know of any good SSDI resources and forums? Thanks.

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My suggestion is to go ahead and file for SSDI. SSDI goes by disability onset date and work credit hours. You may need a VOC REHAB SPECIALIST opinion that you cannot perform any type of employment. Keep in mind that a lot of initial claims are denied and have to get an attorney.  This is normal for SSA but once/if you get denied get an attorney and file an appeal. You just hurt your own claim by not filing sooner.

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Apply for both at your earliest convienience.  Waiting will adversely affect your retro for both.  

Filing sooner means larger retro, filing later means less retro.  

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