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I was diagnosed with and service connected for "traumatic brain disease" in 1985. That nomenclature has changed under diagnostic code 8045 several times. In 1990 I had an MVA (motor vehicle accident) and was hospitalized for two days at the West Los Angeles VA Medical and Research Center. A neurologist diagnosed me as having an "altered state of consciousness" as a cause of the accident and reported the same to the California DMV. I voluntarily turned in my drivers license not wanting to cause any more accidents. My contention is that it is a clear and unmistakable error that when I claimed a secondary entitlement to service connection of spinal disc disease which resulted from a ruptured disc that occurred in the healing process of a very bad left side bruise and two fractured ribs. The claim was denied because the adjudicator didn't find any history of a back problem in my military health record. I believe this was because the examining physician left a note in my record referring to another patient who had a treatment record that began after I had been discharged from the Navy and before my September 1990 MVA. What are my chances of getting a CUE decision on this?