Hi All! So i filed a claim for secondary condition of Arthritis of my hips beginning of June 2016 and just checked ebenefits and seen that it said not service connected. I must mention that Iam service connected for 8 of my major joints with arthritis for the exact same condition but denied for my hips. I didn't have a C&P exam for my hips but did for the other eight major joints that was done in 2014. When they didn't call me for a C&P for my hips I was thinking that they have all the information they needed other than the doctor notes from my x ray showing that I also have arthritis in my hips. They have all the other documents in from 2013/2014 claim so I didn't think they needed anything else. I was wrong! I'm still waiting to get the official notice in the mail. I need help in understanding what I need to do in this particular situation. I will be filing a NOD. Any advice is welcomed!! Thanks for reading! One other thing is I do have records showing I had arthritis of my hips back before I filed the claim for the other major joints but I just didn't file the claim at that time.
As Only a suggestion here
What you may want to do is take any evidence you have to your C&P and place it in a folder that is easy access to you in case you need to show the examiner,?
Usually the Examiner reads all your information off the computer but some times they don't read all or enough if the information of records and Dr's Opinions ect,,,ect,, so take this with you Just In Case you need it.
Be honest with your answers and look the examiner in the eye when he addresses you.