P Diddy -
This question should be presented as a new topic....and not posted into someone else's thread...it will get more replies as a new topic or as posted in the 1151 forum. or DIC forum ,But maybe this helps:
1151 does not mean "death is coming"
An 1151 award can be for proven malpractice/ negligence they (VA)committed on a living vet,which caused the vet an additional ratable disability (or 2 or 3)
One of my DIC Awards is for DIC under Section 38 USC 1151, meaning death by VA.The other 2 DIC awards ( I only get one check) are for 2 separate Agent Orange conditions they malpracticed on that contributed to my husband's death.My DIC is now directly due to service connected death.
DIC is a survivor's benefit explained in our DIC forum.
1151 claims are explained in detail in our 1151 forum here.
1151 DIC is also explained in those forums.
If it has been quite some time since your last decision, they would probably need the SMRs again.
But you mentioned the 'call center" said that...I assume you mean 'Peggy' -(the 800-827-1000#)
and they are not very accurate at all.
This latest info as to the Phila Pension center makes no sense at all to me.
You could check with the DAV rep or maybe best to ask IRIS what is going on :
Tbird’s link to IRIS today.
Request an email reply from IRIS, because ,by phone, VA can make something up.
Radidiculopathy tends to be rated under nerves, but one nerve group may not be rated the same as another nerve group. You can search many of them here under the section "§4.124a Schedule of ratings—neurological conditions and convulsive disorders":
It is a miracle I won any claims back then. I put all my faith in a state/county VSO because they knew a lot more about it than I did, but they put forth minimal effort. My original claims consisted of one to two sentences. I asked about going into detail, but was told that was the job of people at the VARO. Even today, things have not changed a whole lot. We have a local state/county VSO who is lauded as being one of the best out there. However, with my claims I received about the exact same minimalist effort. If not for ignoring my local VSO, and for learning from Hadit, I'd still have my initial rating.