Hello! I've been silent in the background for awhile now sifting through all the information while I put together my Fully Developed Claim. This site is absolutely amazing and I'm extremely grateful for everyone's wealth of knowledge they have shared to help veterans.
I've recently run into a problem hopefully someone can give me advice on. I started my FDC Oct 9th 2016 and it was set to expire 2017. About a week before the expiration I had a doctor give me new medical information to add to my claim. He told me to send a fax requesting a 90 day extension for the new medical information. However, I am a single father with a 1yr old, bouncing around to houses who will let us stay with them. It just so happened this week I was to send the fax my car was in the shop from a wreck, in addition I had no access to a fax machine, it was also Columbus day, the weekend etc.... anyways, I was able to send a fax on the 9th but my claim is no longer showing on ebenifits.
Guys I'm really stressing about this. Just like everyone else this is super important and I was very much depending on having that date for the back pay.
How can I get the original date of my claim back? What should I do???
An advice anyone can give would be appreciated. I go in for my first C&P exam for my knee issues. I submitted a FDC with my military medical records showing foot issues, shin splints, and issues with bunions. They wanted to operate on the one bunion but I would have had to reenlist. I also submitted my personal medical records that include my recent MRI reports that show various knee issues. (arthritis, patellar maltracking, meniscus tears...) I received a call to set up my C&P exam about a week after submitted my FDC online.
I have been looking online, and found out that if I submit any new paperwork my claim will no longer be a FDC. I wanted to submit the medical report they do when you first enlist that shows everything they document you have wrong with you, and on you. (tattoos, scars, appearance). On this form it shows that I didn't have any bunions when I went in. Then while I was in they got bad enough to see the podiatrist while I was in. I am afraid that connection with my knees will not be there, and cause a denial.
Do I bring this medical record with me to the C&P exam in case the doctor ask anything, or even bother showing it to him? Do I wait for the possible denial, and then submit this when I appeal? Should I go ahead and submit this form online, and risk my claim to no longer be a FDC? After submitting my claim, and doing more research online I learned that I shouldn't assume that the reviewers will be able to recognize any secondary conditions. Thanks in advance for any help or advice.
Hey all. My claim seems to be going oddly and I was hoping to get some advice.
I put together a fully developed claim for my conditions. I had tons of medical records, nexus letters, DBQs, buddy statements, and more. I decided to file the claim on the eBenefits website. When I went to upload the evidence, I uploaded my entire claim as a single PDF file (about 70 pages). When you upload evidence, they make you choose a category. I choose "correspondence" as the most general category for this file. In retrospect, I think this may have really screwed things up (more on this later).
So two days (!!) after I submit the claim, I got a call from the VA medical center to schedule my C&P exams. I was disappointed because I hoped they would decide without needing the exams. In the back of my mind though, I'm thinking, how in the world could they have already reviewed all those records in that time and decided that I need exams.
I went to the C&P exams and it was immediately apparent that the examiners did not have access to the records that I submitted. Fortunately, I brought all the records with me and tried to show the examiners as many as possible.
At this point, I'm really concerned that the VA is not using the documents I uploaded in consideration of my claim. I went on the website and verified that I can actually see the file I uploaded. I found the document to be there and I can download it fine. I called the 1-800 number and asked about the document. After some looking around, the guy said "well I can see the document, but I don't know if the rater will use it". Not very encouraging.
It's now just two days after my C&P exams, and eBenefits says my claim is preparing for decision with an estimated completion date of this week! If that's true, that means the claim would have been decided in less than 3 weeks. I'm really thinking that the rater somehow can't see or missed my records and thinks I submitted a FDC with no evidence. Probably really quick to process those...as an automatic denial.
Not sure what I should do here. Maybe Fax them the records? Any suggestions are welcome and appreciated.
I have asked a lot of questions and i continue to ask alot of questions to learn even more. I think this may be my final question before i file.
So i am currently service connected at 80%
30% allergic rhinitus
10% carpal tunnel
10% cystic acne (due to jet fumes)
Now here's my question.
Back in 2009 i began seeing a shrink for depression. ive been on pills and have gone to a counselor very often ever since.
It is believed that my depression came from the 3 plane crashes that i witnessed. And another 1 that i didnt witness, but i was apart of the HR (human remains) team that shipped the 6 recovered bodies home.
It is also believed that my depression has come as a result of the severe asthma and allergy pains.
Recent my therapist marked me down as bipolar I, fyi.
My question is, do you think i would have a better chance claiming bipolar/depression as secondary to the asthma and allergies.
Or should i just say that ive been depressed from the plane crashes and hr missions.
Or should i just claim depression as its own issue.
please help. Thanks.
Im in the middle of the NOD process with an older claim, about to submit an FDC for a new disease not addressed before. Do I need to resend my MSR's with the FDC. The VA already has everything from my old claim. Ive been retired for over a year now so nothing has changed in my MSR's.
So I received the DAV "official" letter last night in the mail ATTACHED. I am curious as to why the 100% temporary evaluation is June 3rd, 2015 to October 1, 2015????
Look at numbers 2 & 3. I also got SMC housebound for the same dates. What is puzzling me is I had my surgery to my right foot January 6th, 2016. I know my right foot is not yet S/C as it is under appeal but I was granted the 100% temporary evaluation for my left ankle b/c it caused my fracture to my right foot. Any idea why they went back to 2015???? The dates they awarded me the 100% temporary evaluation, does that mean I am getting 4 months at 100%?
#7 and you will see the wording "not shown" for right foot. I am very happy they gave me the 100% temporary evaluation but puzzled about the dates.
#5 - My left ankle stayed at 10% but they added additional contentions to it. Will I also get a re-evaluation for my left ankle you think?
Will I get the back for the increase from 60% to 70% with my temporary 100% for the four months?
I am still waiting for the BBE to come in the mail.
I wanted to pass this on and share with all fellow Veteran's. The CFR for Convalescence is not just for S/C contention as the CFR indicates http://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/claims-special-convalescence.asp
I applied for 100% Temporary Convalescence for my right foot (which is NOT s/c) due to my left ankle (is S/C). I was told it would be tough so I got all my ducks in a row. I had my podiatrist write a very good IMO to support my claim. That the left ankle was the cause of my right foot fracture. The letter is what I truly believed help this claim.
I wanted to share this so all Veteran's know that you can submit a claim of this nature even on a non-service connected contention.
So my DAV rep just called. I am so happy!!! I not only got an increase to 70%, I got 100% temporary convalescence for my broken right foot due to my left ankle! I am so amazed! I was told so many times that there was no way I would get the 100% because the right foot was not S/C, well I did! They not only gave me the 100% for 3 months because my left ankle caused the right foot injury, I got 3 months of SMC-House Bound for three months as well!
My NOD is still pending for my right foot s/c, right ankle, and left toe condition.
My effective date is January 4th, 2016 for my new 70% rating.
My three months of 100% temporary convalescence and SMC House Bound is effective July to September 2015.
I truly believe the IMO from my VA Podiatrist sealed my fate for the 100% temporary convalescence.
Keep fighting Vet's!!!
So most know on here my situation. I filed an FDC back in January for several issues to include 100% temporary convalescence for right foot due to left ankle. Right foot is NOT S/C so since my left ankle caused the fracture I put in the FDC. After filing the FDC, my NOD finally processed and I had my DRO review hearing last month. I noticed after receiving my C-file my FDC was "RTR" ready to rate but I assumed that it was going to wait until AFTER my DRO hearing and all those issues were resolved. My NOD included all my feet issues. Ebennies showed Preparation for Decision back in February and so it sat. Well today I checked Ebennies regarding my FDC claim and I notice that the date has now changed to 4/4/16-4/9/16 from an out date of August 2016. I am wondering if this means they are working on both my FDC and my NOD? Wouldn't that be nice????
I know I know I know that Ebennies timeline is UNRELIABLE but I find it interesting it bumped up to next week. Wish me good luck please!!!!
Okay I know that you CAN get the 100% temp conv. for a s/c disability if you have surgery BUT can you get 100% temporary convalescence for a surgery to a condition that is NOT S/C ? My surgery was on my right foot fracture AND the fracture was due to my left ankle giving out and that left ankle is S/C. I have a good letter from my VA doctor stating the left ankle is the reason why I had the injury to my right foot and the reason why I had surgery.
I have been NWB going on two months now and still have another month of NWB to go.....
Has anyone ever heard of this before??????
So I filed my FDC claim on 1/12/16 - had C&P exams on 2/4/16 and today I am in Preparation for Decision. I went from GOE to PFD in a matter of a week. My timeline changed too.
Status of Your Claim
Submitted: 01/12/2016 (Compensation) Estimated Completion: 03/24/2016 - 04/30/2016 I am a bit worried but will be optimistic....
I'm helping my dad through this claims process. I requested his C-File via FIOIA on Nov 19, 2015. I submitted his FDC on Dec 16, 2015 and per E-Ben, the date of completion for claim is 5/15-9/15. However, the CFile's completion date is 12/16-7/17! Wow! If I send another request to expedite c-file request, could it delay the comp decision? Anyone have experience with this?
First off...THANK YOU!!!! I love you guys and I appreciate all the knowledge I have gained. Second....I look forward to helping to helping those in need as the way I have been helped!
This is my story:
Claim Submission: 11/19/2015
Prep for Decision: 12/14/15
Prep for Notification:12/15/15
Award Letter on E Benefits 12/17/15
Your most recent, verified periods of service (up to three) include:
Recent periods of military service Branch of Service Character of Service Entered Active Duty Released/Discharged Army Honorable May 29, 2003 December 01, 2004 (There may be additional periods of service not listed above.)
VA Benefit Information
Summary of benefit information You have one or more service-connected disabilities: Yes Your combined service-connected evaluation is: 90% Your current monthly award amount is: $XXXX.XX The effective date of the last change to your current award was: October 01, 2015 You are considered to be totally and permanently disabled due solely to your service-connected disabilities: Yes :
Thanks again for everyone that helped me with my recent FDC Claim. Frankly, without many of your advice, I would not have had such a solid outcome of 80%. Currently, I've read everything very carefully in the claim decision letter and I'm moving towards the second stage now of my claim and am working on the NOD for areas that I disagreed with. I appreciate the fact that the decision letter spells out exactly what a Vet needs to have to go to the next level with almost any given contention? Anyway, I know that I have to spell out the disagreements in writing, support with facts or new evidence, use the regulations and then ask/specify for what I should get in terms of a percentage for any given contention? I had a few contentions were sc and I was rated 0% and figure that those areas give me the best shot at success. It also looks as if they missed a lot of my evidence in these contentions and I feel that I can provide a good arguments for increases. I also, know that I should get this NOD completed in a timely manner and many vets miss the window....
Anyway, are there any very other basic, NOD facts, procedures, tips and/or tidbits that I should know about how to write the NOD before I start the process? Are there any good examples or templates to use...? Thanks in advance...rootbeer22...
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68mustang posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forum,I was rated at 10% for tinnitus last year by the VA. I went to my private doctor yesterday and I described to him the problems that I have been having with my sense of balance. Any sudden movement of my head or movement while sitting in my desk chair causes me to lose my balance and become nauseous. Also when seeing TV if there are certain scenes,such as movement across or up and down the screen my balance is affected. The doctor said that what is causing the problem is Meniere's Disease. Does any know if this could be secondary to tinnitus and if it would be rated separately from the tinnitus? If I am already rated at 10% for tinnitus and I could filed for Meniere's does any one know what it might be rated at? Thanks for your help. 68mustang
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