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robert51

is asking for a bump from 70% PTSD IU and PT a risk

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Life is a risk I know but I am on the fence many tell me don't risk asking for higher you might get lower.. or try other issues and leave your core rating alone... After I was awarded my 70% PTSD IU and PT in 2004 of course I did not find out till 2005 and was at that time still seeing a doctor 2 times a month private pay because the va only allowed 30 min visit and I often would take up 2 hours.. At that time I filed for SSD and was giving a form that says MEDICAL opinion Re. Ability to do work related activities  MENTAL ... it has a 27 questions the SS ask the doctor to rate and write why they gave rating.. Out of the 27 questions they can be scored Very Good... Good  fair or POOR ... almost all my ratings are in the poor slot with a few in Fair and I have these reports for every year from 2005 to 2013 some are worst others better but NONE even have one good and most have over 70% poor with some 90% poor.. . my question can I use these reports as evidence and if they are marked poor would it not be hard for the VA to reduce my rating.. And this doctor works out patient for non other then the VA so its kind of like one of their doctors.. any seasoned vets think this is solid enough to send as evidence and have very little down side on them requesting a reduction ?

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Are you going for the 100%scheduler rating and make the IU P&T MOOT?

You can submit these 27 questions and answers as evidence  but its best to have a Specialist to opine  his assessment after examining you & read your medical records that pertain to this condition & that your mental condition has worsen in recent years.

I doubt filing for increase would lower your previous rating  they would have to Prove you have Improved.

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READ MORE; FEAR Less.  Knowledge is power.  They CANNOT lower your rating "just because" you asked for an increase, but they like this myth perpetuated as it keeps many Vets from asking for an increase and "settle" for much less than what they deserve.  Tbird posted an article about this.  

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Actually  if your condition has increased or anything that can be related to it file secondary conditions too

Just my opinion here but its better to have your rating  past the 100% although your just 100% as a final degree rating according to the VA,but if  they do ever decide to reduce your ratings it would be harder for them to get you below your 100% rating  when you have other combined ratings  they do ADD UP.

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7 hours ago, Buck52 said:

Actually  if your condition has increased or anything that can be related to it file secondary conditions too

Just my opinion here but its better to have your rating  past the 100% although your just 100% as a final degree rating according to the VA,but if  they do ever decide to reduce your ratings it would be harder for them to get you below your 100% rating  when you have other combined ratings  they do ADD UP.

maybe I should start with looking at what the va thinks is 70% and compare it to what they feel is 100% once I received the 70% the IU and PT was easy so where can I find that info on the site that shows  the  differences between 70 and 100 % and what is secondary to ...I am not that well versed in some things computer..  its like I hear you talking and nod my head yes but really don't understand . Like when you take a computer in to be fixed the guy is telling you lots of information on why its doing what its doing and the different ways to fix it and then says ... OK what do you want me to do.. and you get that blank look on your face and say the only thing you can... What ever you think

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 Source: CFR : 38  4.130

 General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders

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Total occupational and social impairment, due to such symptoms as: gross impairment in thought processes or communication; persistent delusions or hallucinations; grossly inappropriate behavior; persistent danger of hurting self or others; intermittent inability to perform activities of daily living (including maintenance of minimal personal hygiene); disorientation to time or place; memory loss for names of close relatives, own occupation, or own name. 100%

Occupational and social impairment, with deficiencies in most areas, such as work, school, family relations, judgment, thinking, or mood, due to such symptoms as: suicidal ideation; obsessional rituals which interfere with routine activities; speech intermittently illogical, obscure, or irrelevant; near-continuous panic or depression affecting the ability to function independently, appropriately and effectively; impaired impulse control (such as unprovoked irritability with periods of violence); spatial disorientation; neglect of personal appearance and hygiene; difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances (including work or a worklike setting); inability to establish and maintain effective relationships. 70%

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