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      I got the call from the lawyer's office today. They said they think I have a good case and they officially offered me representation. His fee is 33% if I win the appeal. Is 33% about what every lawyer charges? I also received all of my husband's medical records from Ft. Jackson where he was found non deployable. I also Dr. Valette an email as well.
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      rvance313: The best advice I was given is to learn as much about the VA disability process as possible so you can go thru this and other Veteran Forums for the similar contentions that you may have? Learn about Range of Motion (ROM) and how pain factors into your CP Exams and what you should do during those exams. I also learned to ensure that you are very clear at what you are claiming from the start and this may eliminate a lot of heartburn down stream in the process. For instance, as I was inexperienced, a VSO helped me with listing my initial contentions which was a mistake for me. For instance, I have bad "prostatitis" for many years and it was clearly within my service medical records. However, she listed it as "groin pain" as a contention that was later denied. Mainly, because it was not listed very specific and a specific diagnosis code, it was denied -I believe for that reason? When I said to her, "I read that contentions need to be very specific" and she said, "Don't worry, the VBA Rater will figure this all out for you anyway"--infamous last words?  As a result, I learned not to rely so much on a VSO who may or may not know their jobs well? Also, you have to make it as easy as possible for the VBA  rater to rate your claims by providing the best evidence and injury linkage to your service  that you can in the form of medical records, & showing a continuing chronic condition. Also, if your medical records are incomplete, then you should get buddy statements from  those that were there when you were injured. Also, try to review the VA DBQ Questionnaires, that correspond to your Contentions - &  CP Exams that they are going review for your case and claim. That way you get a sense of the questions that the CP doctor is going to ask so you have an idea beforehand of how to respond. Many Vets get nervous the first time they have a CP exam and don't always respond with the information that is in their heads? Most of the information can be found in the hadit.com & ASKNOD forums and from people like Berta & Asknod (among many others) (whom are all amazing for advice). Granted, the VA Disability process is very complex and many Vets have negative experience along the way. But if you can read, the average person can figure a lot of it themselves. But even with negatively, you can't let it sour you or put you into a defensive position to just give up? Many do and blame others for their misfortune with their claims outcomes? But I feel you (Vets) only lose when you (they) give up and I'm glad you came back. I honesty get the complaints because I've had CP exams that I felt betrayed by the doctor and staff leaving things off of the final exam that hurt my ratings and resulted in a lower rating. For instance, I have heart issues and was granted  only 10% for Hypertensive Heart Disease after a long battle. But, it would have been rated 20% if they had listed my complaints about my chest pains and the use of nitro for my angina? Those issues are listed all over my service medical records and I put it on the pre-exam forms that I was sent. But it was ignored? Anyway, I tell Vets that in many cases it's just the "Luck of the Draw" whom does your CP exams but it has a big impact of what they list. Also, you are very right about honesty because it's the best policy for everything in life -not just VA claims. But, just like going into battle, the better trained and prepared that you are, the better the outcome of your claims will be. Also, if you hit an obstacle, have a plan B & C, but learn, learn and learn all you can about the VA Disability process from forums like Hadit.com so that when they throw you a curve ball on a claim, you'll know how to react. As a matter of fact, I'm working on my first Notice of Disagreement or NOD and I'm applying everything that I just spoke about in this post. Anyway, I wish you Good Luck and Godspeed- Rootbeer22 
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    • Guidance request on C&P exam - PTSD, hearing loss, and tinnitus
      OIF vet here.  Like many, I currently struggle with the daily affects of past war zone experiences.  I initially submitted a claim back in 2010 but was denied.  Frustrated, I gave up on it and chose to deal with my struggles on my own.  Following advice I was given, last year (March 2015), I submitted an intent to file a new claim.  I have been following ebenefits to make sure if the ball is dropped, it is not on my end.  Recently, my claim was moved from the "gathering of evidence" phase to the "preparation for decision" phase and about a week later was changed back to "gathering of evidence".  None of this concerns me, as I know the process takes some time but from what I understand, I should be expecting something in the mail soon informing me of dates for my C&P exam(s).  This leads to my purpose for writing this; I have heard/read horror stories about how vets seemingly have been totally screwed out of the compensation and help they deserve due to the ridiculous results from their C&P exam.  I am simply trying to have my proverbial "T's" crossed and "I's" dotted when my exam date comes and also help all other vets that may be worrying about this same issue.  What I mean by this is, I would like to know if there are things that I should avoid saying/doing or is there anything that anyone has thought hindered their ability to get the desired results from their exam, etc.  Under no circumstances will I lie about my experiences or my conditions but I would like to ensure I do not screw myself using improper wording or something of that sort (as I have seen the VA has done to many vets).  

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Does Va Recognize Hypertension Progression

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Question for anybody. Thanks.

I had 10% SC hypertension 2 years ago on retirement. The hypertension has progressed to hypertensive heart disease (left enlarged ventiicular with ejection fraction of 47%).

Is it possible that the origional award of 10% could be upgraded since this is a progression of the origional hypertension? Have all the reports to support the latest findings are hypertension related.

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Question for anybody. Thanks.

I had 10% SC hypertension 2 years ago on retirement. The hypertension has progressed to hypertensive heart disease (left enlarged ventiicular with ejection fraction of 47%).

Is it possible that the origional award of 10% could be upgraded since this is a progression of the origional hypertension? Have all the reports to support the latest findings are hypertension related.

Yes hypertension heart disease is rated at 30% put your claim in as soon as possible

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Heart disease is accociated with HTN. 47 percent EF is a 60 percent rating with the current HTN rating still at a separate 10 percent, ( Not Pyramiding)

This claim should be a slam dunk.

What diagnosed the Heart disease, Echo or Cath?

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George, I hope your claim moves quicker than mine. In Aug 09 I filed a claim for heart disease secondary to my sc hypertension (0%). My left anterior descending coronary artery is 99% blocked; I had to have emergency heart bypass surgery, and I thought that this would be a no-brainer. For some reason, the VA has stalled on my claim. They scheduled my C&P exams pretty quickly (Echo, EKG, X-rays, Stress test, etc), but once QTC sent their findings to the VA on 14 Dec 09, things came to a screeching halt. I don't even receive those obligatory "we're still working on your claim" letters anymore. Nothing, nada.

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[Jbasser it was done by cath.

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