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About doc25

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  • Birthday February 19

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    Camp Lejeune; Naval Hospital Pensacola
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    Helping fellow vets help themselves.
    70% PTSD

    50% Sleep Apnea


    10% PFS

    0% Bilateral Hearing Loss

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  1. There is some good news, but please start your own topic so we can point you in the right direction. I'll initiate some of that good news on here. #1. Don't beat yourself up over something that you did or didn't do. #2. All the other issues you are having can be secondary connected to Psoriatic Arthritis, once you get it service-connected. #3. Since the pain is severe enough that it is causing you to not get sleep that is called Insomnia; you can claim that secondary as well. Is this condition also causing you to have Depression? This can also be claimed, as secondary. The Insomnia and Depression will be combined because both are mental health disorders. I'll explain further once you create your own topic.
  2. Glad you are seeking help for PTSD. Are you currently diagnosed with PTSD? If not, at least you're getting the paper trail or medical evidence by seeking help. If you are diagnosed with PTSD this is how it is granted. #1. Current Diagnosis #2. In-service event/stressor #3. Nexus of opinion stating https://www.hillandponton.com/3-steps-to-presenting-a-strong-va-ptsd-claim/ Let's say you do get PTSD granted. It will be combined with the service-connected to Sleep Disorder/Anxiety. The PTSD being combined has to be considered for a possible increase in rating. If there is no change in your rating once combined, there are still secondary conditions to your mh disorders that get rated seperately; providing you an increase. For example: Obstructive Sleep Apnea secondary to Mental Health disorders is prevalent among the veteran community. It's been well-known for awhile, but the VA denies, denies, denies.
  3. The sleep disorder that is combined with anxiety should have said Insomnia/Anxiety. The VA rates Insomnia as a mental health disorder. Therefore, the sleep disorder is combined with Anxiety. https://www.hillandponton.com/va-disability-benefits-insomnia/
  4. My claim was denied also. That was my third time getting denied, so I got with a lawyer. I went with Chisholm & Chisholm Kilpatrick. Hill & Ponton is reputable also. CCK is doing it pro bono. If I get denied again, I don't owe them anything. But, if I get it granted they're asking for 30% from the retropay. I don't mind it because I'll see that money anyway after a few months.
  5. Do you have an unprotected disability, such as a mental health disorder? You will want to continue going to therapy at least every six months to establish that your disability has gotten worse or is unchanged from your current symptoms.
  6. We have a rigorous QA process when we clean and sterilize medical instruments at the VA Clinic I work at. We triple clean and triple check everything before we give it a green light. If it's not cleaned or sterilized properly, or there's any doubt, we send it back to be reprocessed all over again. It's people's lives we're dealing with. This is the standard VA-wide. Same should go with the VBA. The benefits are people's lives they're dealing with and it's imperative they get it right.
  7. I've had a theory for a few years now. And I could be wrong, but it occurred to me that there could be a possibility that once a certain number of claims get granted every FY. That quota initiates denials. It's just a hunch. Honestly, it would just be better off to tell us there's only a limited amount of $$$ for compensation & pension. Rather than string veterans along for months, years, and decades with daggum denials.
  8. It comes out to 92% actually. The additional 10% you mentioned would only get you to 93%. What are your SC conditions? and I'll research what secondary conditions that could be caused by your SC disabilities.
  9. Bone spurs in your lower back or another part of your body? If you are meaning bone spurs in your lower back the answer is yes. https://www.cedars-sinai.org/health-library/diseases-and-conditions/b/bone-spurs.html
  10. Be sure the nexus of opinion states: The veteran's condition is "at least as likely as not" (equal to or greater than 50% probability) due to or the direct result of the veteran's service-connected MDD. Then a rationale must be provided. The rationale can be any medical literature that would make the link. It's already well-established that certain conditions can cause Sleep Apnea; particularly psychological disorders. MDD is one of them.
  11. You're lucky you had Headaches separately rated. Usually, they're just combined with TBI. You can request an increase if they've gotten worse.
  12. I just use this disability calculator: https://www.hillandponton.com/va-disability-calculator/
  13. This is gross incompetence by the PA. An orthopedic dr. is an expert in Orthopedics. PA's and Nurse Practitioner's do not have the same level of expertise as a specialist like an Orthopedic Dr. As far as the headaches go, heat stroke can have short-term AND long-term effects.
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