My question: Should all items that impact his disability be listed on the VA Form 21-526EZ? If something is secondary such as pain, that should be listed?
BACKGROUND: I need assistance with VA Form 21-526EZ. On page 8 section 13, it asks for the list of disabilities. Does this mean ALL items from his problem list (VA medical records)? For example I can easily extract 20 items from his VA medical problem list BUT the VA Veterans Advisor only posted 4 line items which do NOT give a complete picture.
1. paralysis external nerve (mild)
2. lumoscaral strain (mild)
3. paralysis median nerve (mild)
4. degenerative arthritis of spine (mild)
After 10+ years of progressive degeneration, a year ago, we submitted a form for re-evaluation of his service-connected medical conditions. The MRI from the 2009 determination is missing from his records. The comp&pen Dr indicated that it was our responsibility to provide documentation to him on what changed. We assumed that the comp&pen doctor would conduct an exam/order MRI or could extract the information from his records. He also indicated that pain (consistently documented as 9/10) is not a consideration for disability, that it is immaterial to VA.
Only one (from the 4 listed) line items was increased 10%. The current MRI indicates his spine has moderate to severe degeneration.
The VA Veterans Advisor indicated that we should NOT resubmit again unless we can get a doctors statement specifically indicating which line item has progressed from mild. I have asked the Spinal Cord Injury Primary Care doctor for assistance, provided her with research documentation and she said she would but that was 2 months ago and nothing was put in his records.
In advance, thank you