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  1. My outside DBQ and nexus (from a VES examiner) specifically recommended 70% PTSD and should be separated from TBI rated at 40% in his opinion. It'll be interesting how the VA rates it. I'm with you. If they try to lump them together than I will ask for a reconsideration. These are the last of my claims out of about 8 things. I'm at 100%, and most say 'let sleeping dogs lie', but that ain't me. They need to get it right. It could make a difference down the road.
  2. I'm going through the same thing. Provided an outside nexus and dbq from a Psyc PHD on Seperate claims for PTSD and TBI. Then the VA sends me to their contractors for the same stuff. Two weeks later, I have an additional C&P through QTC for headaches (never claimed headaches). It has been deferred for the time being. ETA on a decision is Oct 1, according to ebennefit.
  3. With a mountain of evidence in my STR's for skin conditions (painful scarring due to cystic acne), the VA did everything it could to deny me. One positive is, they sent me to QTC; that DR. disagreed with the VA C&P (less likely as not) I had. They gave me 10%. I got an outside MD nexus letter and filed an NOD. Had another VA C&P (wasn't expecting much), increased rating to 80%. From a potential denial, to 10%, then increased to 80%. Keep fighting. If you appeal it could take years to resolve.
  4. HD denied me vet discount. Said I needed some special ID. Poor cashier (not her fault), said see deals with pissed off vets all the time, leave without buying stuff. Never to return I'm sure. Lowes laughed when I told them this story. Said, accept VA cards everyday. Now I just give them my phone number for the discount.
  5. Good news Broncovet. I had a very reputable law firm take my case.
  6. Just an update. I got increased from 10% to 80%. Painful scarring on neck, face, back, and chest, with palpable tissue, underlying tissue damage, gross distortion. Fairly significant increase I would say.
  7. I've contacted a few attorneys. Including the one you hired. I've yet to get a reply back. So I'm guessing it's not a strong case. If it was, I would think a 6 figure favorable outcome would be enticing. Maybe it takes time for them to get back to me.
  8. I recently was awarded 80% for painful scarring with underlying tissue damage due to severe cystic acne. This was originally denied in 1993. Reason was, it existed prior to military and the VA could not locate military service records. They have since been located and used to prove the disability was aggravated in service. I originally was low balled at 10%. I got an outside IME that helped in getting the correct percentage (80% overall). The C&P in 1993 stated I still had cystic nodular's. Also, low grade photos show them as well. The scars were obvious and never went away (Thus, the 80%). Is there any way to get my claim retroactive to 1993? This article gave me a glimmer of hope. https://www.veteranslawblog.org/2-times-that-veterans-should-argue-for-an-earlier-effective-date/
  9. Well Ladies and Gents, I just got my overdue 100% thanks to Dr. Ellis IME. Also, there are about 8 more claims deferred. Most likely these will get approved as well. What blows me away, is the VA gave me 10% for scars. After Ellis IME, I got 80% for the same scars. They just low balled me. Keep up the good fight.
  10. Got a call from QTC stating residuals from TBI are present (just had psyc eval for TBI). Now need a C&P for headaches and alterations in smell/taste. You think they will rate all together or separately? I know, just wait, but was hoping someone has been down this road. The only issue about headaches, I never sought treatment for them. Just self medicated over the years. MJ, otc stuff like excederin, advil, etc. I am taking Lyrica for myalgia symptoms. It does seem to dull headache pain to some degree. Perfumes/cologne or diesel fumes are instant triggers. Same with photo-sensitivity. I work part time from home and have been out for 26 years.
  11. Had C&P today for the rest of my claims by VA nurse practitioner. Basically filled out DBQ's like I thought. I refereed her to Ellis diagnoses a couple times. She did say they were pretty extensive from Dr. Ellis. I'm feeling positive since an MD opinion should outweigh a NP. But I think the C&P went pretty good. We shall see.
  12. Ya. I'm guessing they need to do DBQ's since Ellis doesn't do them. Just want to get them done and over with. Heck I had a Psyc. Dr. do a nexus with a DBQ, and still had to do two C&P exams. Just more proof I guess.
  13. Aggravated, yes. It's well documented in my records as when it started and treatments.
  14. VA is sending me for C&P for all my claims I filed with Ellis IME. Heck I did one for a PTSD followup and another for PTSD & TBI in one week. Both contractors which I felt went well. I have VA C&P's for 6 claims coming up. They are doing them all in one day. Now the VA C&P's have been way different than the contract one's. I'll keep you posted how they go, but I think they are going to try and hammer Ellis IME. I'm going to throw a binder at them with all my evidence. They want to play? I like to play, so let's get it on. If it goes not as planned, then on to plan B. They'll be wasting everyone's time when all is said and done.
  15. Curriculum Vitae? Would that be his front page of his IME? Or does he have a whole separate sheet outlining his Curriculum Vitae? That would be nice to hand the VA C&P doc I'm seeing next week. Thanks.
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