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Is It Possible To Contact The Rater Of Your Claim


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I called VA yesterday and they told me my claim for reconsideration and increase has been decided. Surprisingly it is done after only 4 months. I was able to get the guy on the phone to give some info. He told me one of my conditions stayed the same for dermatitis at 10%. According to my physical exam however it covers 35% of my exposed body which i thought warrants 30% rating. When you read my physical exam i was examined for dermatitis and shaving disorder.

Here the way it appears on the physical

1. FOR DERMATITIS, ECZEMA, -1) DIFFUSE WHITE SCALE OF SCALP. ERYTHEMATOUS SCALY PATCHES OF FOREHEAD, POST AURICULAR REGION, CENTRAL CHEST AND UPPER MID BACK. 2) CHIN/JAW WITH MULTIPLE FOLLICULOCENTRIC FIRM PAPULES ENTIRE BODY SURFACE AFFECTED - 8% EXPOSED BODY SURFACE AFFECTED - 35%

I BELIEVE THE EXAMINER MISREAD THIS AND HE CALLED DERMITITIS 8% EXPOSED AREA AND SHAVING DISORDER 35% OF EXPOSED AREA.

AS OF NOW I HAVE 30% FOR SHAVING AND 10% FOR DERMATITIS. DUE TO WHAT I BELIEVE IS A MISTAKE ON HOW THEY READ IT.

DOES ANYONE KNOW IF I CAN CONTACT THE RATER OR SOMEONE BEFORE THEY SIGN OFF ON THIS SAME MISTAKE AGAIN. BECAUSE ACCORDING TO THE GUY I SPOKE WITH THEY MISSED IT AGAIN.

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I called VA yesterday and they told me my claim for reconsideration and increase has been decided. Surprisingly it is done after only 4 months. I was able to get the guy on the phone to give some info. He told me one of my conditions stayed the same for dermatitis at 10%. According to my physical exam however it covers 35% of my exposed body which i thought warrants 30% rating. When you read my physical exam i was examined for dermatitis and shaving disorder.

Here the way it appears on the physical

1. FOR DERMATITIS, ECZEMA, -1) DIFFUSE WHITE SCALE OF SCALP. ERYTHEMATOUS SCALY PATCHES OF FOREHEAD, POST AURICULAR REGION, CENTRAL CHEST AND UPPER MID BACK. 2) CHIN/JAW WITH MULTIPLE FOLLICULOCENTRIC FIRM PAPULES ENTIRE BODY SURFACE AFFECTED - 8% EXPOSED BODY SURFACE AFFECTED - 35%

I BELIEVE THE EXAMINER MISREAD THIS AND HE CALLED DERMITITIS 8% EXPOSED AREA AND SHAVING DISORDER 35% OF EXPOSED AREA.

AS OF NOW I HAVE 30% FOR SHAVING AND 10% FOR DERMATITIS. DUE TO WHAT I BELIEVE IS A MISTAKE ON HOW THEY READ IT.

DOES ANYONE KNOW IF I CAN CONTACT THE RATER OR SOMEONE BEFORE THEY SIGN OFF ON THIS SAME MISTAKE AGAIN. BECAUSE ACCORDING TO THE GUY I SPOKE WITH THEY MISSED IT AGAIN.

It is unheard of to call a rater as the only contact a veteran has with the VA is this insane 1-800 call center who employs people with IQ's of negative 10. On top of that VA employee names are Top Secret and even unknown to God. That is why each and every one of them better hope that when they die they die in groups so they can identify each other as they try to pass thru the pearly gates :P

On a serious note contact can not be established directly with the rater. If that were allowed they would be on the phone all day instead of rating claims. When you get the decision you will have to file a NOD and lay it out for them step by step.

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Not possible to contact rater when you recieve the packet you have the right to appeal decision do so and state your reasoning on the appeal. You will still receive the disability you are rated for and the VA Will review your appeal. (well they state they will review and usually do)

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You might have to get the doctor to clarify the report or get a new report. If they mis read it, they could claim it was not written properly and I guarantee you they will not give you an increase unless the report is written clearly. What appears to be a mistake is not always a mistake, They often do not write the decisions clearly. Even if the rater was confused they could easily go with the lower rating and not tell you about the confusion or ask the doctor to make a clarification.

About ten years ago I walked into the RO in West LA. CA and told a VSO sitting at the desk that the RO denied my claim saying I was not treated for the condition when I was in the service. I told the VSO that I was in-fact treated in the military and that they misread my SMR. I had copies of my SMR with me. He made a phone call and about ten minutes later a person claiming to be rating my claim came down from the upper floors of the federal buliding and talked to me face to face. The person was quite interested and said that they would reconsider the claim.

The claim had been denied and closed. They re-opened the claim based on my coming in and presenting the SMR and my conversation. However, nothing was done. Not even a C&P. I did not receive an SSOC. I guess it was not considered new evidence since it was the SMR.

I won the claim based on a new letter from a VA doctor who read the SMR and wrote an opinion that denying the claim based on the statement that I was not treated in the military was a factual error and that I was in fact treated in the military..

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I figure I will have to wait and appeal like you said. I have another similar situation with alopecia. At first they said when I took my physical it was not evident. Years later when the condition worsen I put in a claim. They recently denied it again saying it was not service connected even though it is throughout my military record and now is present.

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Attempting to contact a specific VARO employee is akin to an attempt to gain access to the old Soviet Union KGB which was headquarted at dom dva (House Number Two) on Dzerzhinsky Street in Moscow.

A telling exercise is to google or attempt to find the email or telephone directly linked to the VARO's

VA Customer Service Manager for your region. I suspect you will not find a trail to those contact avenues. Richard Nixon would have been proud of the secrecy of this organization.

Ron

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Raters keep a very low profile since their lives are probably at risk if vets knew who they were and where they lived. They are scared of us and they should be considering the damage they have done. You get to speak to a DRO face to face if you ask for a hearing.

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