the PCP opinion could work, but at the same time, I see two many ways for a va rater to get around it. A Independent Medical Expert Opinion along with the PCP opinion, does not give a va rater any wiggle room. Sure they could still deny it, but as soon as it reaches BVA it would be approve, because of the IMO.
IMO probably could save you about 3-4 years (that's my opinion)
Yes, they most certainly do rate for secondary conditions and you usually have to claim them formally and then provide proof of the connection to some already accepted condition. If you can afford to wait this will eventually be good for your overall rating. If you get 100% for the MST the other conditions may set you up for SMC "S" housebound. I know it is hell to wait for deferred ratings. If it take too long maybe you can prod them. I filed an NOD when they kept deferring a certain rating for an SMC claim. I just got tired of waiting and filed a NOD on the basis of making me wait endlessly for my money. There was no question about the rating only about the money which the VA was holding onto as long as possible. Why they would defer your MST rating for a bladder rating is just for their purposes to make their jobs easier. How serious is your bladder trauma? Would it be as high as 60% perhaps?
Andyman73, yes in my opinion this would be helpful. I would grab ALL medical notes appointments pertaining to this issue. Submit docs with your new claim for secondary.. Keep getting treatment & records from that tx as you go and it will all fall into place. Just my opinion..
HELLO ALL! LITTLE UPDATE. JUST CHECKED EBENEFITS AND MY PTSD/MST IS DEFERRED BECAUSE THEY SCHEDULED A BLADDER TRAUMA C&P, THEY ALREADY HAVE ALL INFO FROM PRIVATE PHYSICIANS. DO THEY JUST WANT AN OPINION FROM A VA DOCTOR? THEY RATED ME 30% FOR BOTH ANKLES AND TINNITUS. THE BLADDER TRAUMA IS SECONDARY TO THE MST. WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH SECONDARY CONDITIONS? DO THEY RATE YOU FOR THAT? THIS IS ALL SO CONFUSING.