I am a 100% TDIU veteran. I had a botched root canal through the VA sending me to a university dental school almost 5 years ago and, after a visit to an endodontist through the choice program, have been advised I should get extraction, a bone graft and two dental implants in the area where the molar is. My VA dental clinic has scheduled an appointment for next week to "review my options". I want the bone graft and dental implants. The endodontist said I would have a pretty wide area for a partial and they would have to crown the last molar for an anchor.
Has anyone had this experience and was it approved? It looks like the big issue is few dental outlets accept the VA pay schedule and the VA must approve a variance to cover the cost difference.
Thank you Berta and Mike.
I paid for an initial consult. So no, I didn't pay for an IME/IMO.
My brother is indeed receiving compensation for scars and limited range of motion due to his grenade injuries. He is also receiving comp for Diabetes II and Coronary Artery disease from Agent Orange.
The VA diagnosed schizophrenia in 1983, but denied it being service connected and denied PTSD altogether. Now, again in 2016, they denied service connection for schizophrenia - stating there was no injury in service (!) and denied PTSD altogether because there is "no current diagnosis" of PTSD.
Anyone who is following my brother's saga would certainly agree that by today's standards, he had PTSD when he came back from Vietnam, with additional psychosis (suicide, hallucinations) presenting in 1978. However, you had to "get" PTSD within a year of discharge by the old VA rules at that time.
So I've pretty much forgotten about trying to Disagree formally on the PTSD denial. He does not exhibit PTSD symptoms (nightmares and such) currently although medical research now says there are overlapping symptoms with schizophrenia. I'm no doctor so this argument won't stand up. Also new evidence that the blast wave from explosive devices gets into the brain and scars it - causing symptoms that are mistakenly diagnosed as PTSD when it is actually a TBI. Again, no help to me. My dilemma is I need a nexus letter from a psychologist connecting the schizophrenia to service. The deadline for NOD is fast approaching and I need to get my brother in front of a doctor and have him fill out a DBQ. I'm going to try for Dr. Bash who is relatively close to me in the DC area. If anyone out there can help with this, please please contact me. email is firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks much.
Can anyone help me to understand my C&P exam results? I am trying to figure out what it all means and what kind of rating, if any I can expect.
My original disability claims were worded as shown below
1. Neck condition
2. Pinched nerves in neck
3. Pinched nerves in back
Yes I know, my claimed disabilities should have been much more descriptive. I was in the last few months of active duty prior to retiring and I was working with the local VA representative. He told me I did not need to describe my claimed disabilities in any more detail. I am becoming more and more educated in this process as time goes by.
C AND P BACK T-SPINE .pdf
C AND P NECK CERVICAL SPINE .pdf