We received a July 2014 rating decision, effective January 2014, of a 10% disability for coronary artery disease/IHD presumptive to AO exposure filed in January 2014. We did not appeal it. Looking in E-benefits today, I noticed that the claim is under Administrative Review, is in the Gathering Evidence phase, and that a development letter has been mailed, which we have not yet received. It specifically references the IHD claim. The VA has also apparently mailed my husband's cardiologist (non-VA) a request for the records that we had already provided prior to the rating decision that was based upon those records.
I've seen all this occur prior to a rating decision, but not afterwards. Does anyone have any idea of what gives here?
By Sergeant G
I filed two substantive appeals regarding entitlement to earlier effective dates for separate claims. One appeal was filed in February 2011 and the other in December 2011. I requested a BVA hearing by videoconference for both. I rarely go on eBenefits, but yesterday, on a whim, I decided to check the status of the appeals. To my surprise, both appeals were listed as "closed" as of yesterday, which I found to be highly coincidental. Instead of being listed under the "appeals" section, they were listed under the "C&P claims" section. Does this matter?
My main question is how can VA make a decision and close my appeals without me having had my hearings? I haven't received notice of any upcoming hearings either. I believe the evidence I submitted for each appeal is pretty solid. (Of course I am biased. ) Could someone have read the evidence and decided to award the earlier effective dates thereby eliminating the need for the BVA hearings? Maybe I'm being overly optimistic.
My next question pertains to how each appeal was categorized. Under "type," one was listed as an "administrative review" and the other as an "authorization review." Does anyone know about these types of reviews and what they entail? I didn't see either type on the claim status diagram, nor could I find any definitions. I don't know if this matters, but if earlier effective dates are granted, the retroactive payment would exceed $25K.
I'd appreciate any input. Thanks.
68mustang posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forum,
GlennieHB posted an answer to a question,I have a 30% hearing loss and 10% Tinnitus rating since 5/17. I have Meniere's Syndrome which was diagnosed by a VA facility in 2010 yet I never thought to include this in my quest for a rating. Meniere's is very debilitating for me, but I have not made any noise about it because I could lose my license to drive. I am thinking of applying for additional compensation as I am unable to work at any meaningful employment as I cannot communicate effectively because of my hearing and comprehension difficulties. I don't know whether to file for a TDUI, or just ask for additional compensation. My county Veterans service contact who helped me get my current rating has been totally useless on this when I asked her for help. Does anyone know which forms I should use? There are so many different directions to proceed on this that I am confused. Any help would be appreciated. Vietnam Vet 64-67.
If you are new to hadit and have DIC questions it would help us tremendously if you can answer the following questions right away in your first post.
What was the Primary Cause of Death (# 1) as listed on your spouse’s death certificate?
What,if anything, was listed as a contributing cause under # 2?
Was an autopsy done and if so do you have a complete copy of it?
It can be obtained through the Medical Examiner’s office in your locale.
What was the deceased veteran service connected for in his/her lifetime?
Did they have a claim pending at death and if so what for?
If they died from anything on the Agent Orange Presumptive list ( available here under a search) when did they serve and where? If outside of Vietnam, what was their MOS and also if they served onboard a ship in the South Pacific what ship were they on and when? Also did they have any major physical contact with C 123s during the Vietnam War?
And how soon after their death was the DIC form filed…if filed within one year of death, the date of death will be the EED for DIC and also satisfy the accrued regulation criteria.
VA C and P Exam – Do’s and Don’ts – VA Compensation Pension Exam
The following is written from a VA Compensation and Pension Examiners perspective relating to psychiatric exams. It is a good guideline for all exams but I only did psych exams. I’ve been examined by the VA for multiple problems and this is my format when I go to be examined. A little common sense and clarity ...