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mac mcqueen

Where Are All The Experts Please Tell Me What Ami To Do

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Please help I'm major confused now.

1.) I had Knee Arthroscopic on July 16 2009 to repair left knee meniscus tear, during the operation it was noted the I had Grade three to four Chondromalacia of the trochlear groove.

2.) On July 27 2009, I had Left Sided Hemilaminectomy for decompression. Discectomy at the L5-S1 to remove disc fragments, Posterior Lumbar Fusion was conducted

In Aug I submitted a claim to the VA for a increase in the left knee due to the grade of Chondromalacia and also Conv for both the knee and the back. I sent all required paperwork Post operative reports for both surgeries. I had a C/P exam in Fayetteville on 21 Aug 2009.

Then on Aug 19 2009 they sent me another letter stating: We are working on your claim for your left knee temp 100% conv also Temp 100% for back surgery. Now the added chonndromalacia right knee and restless leg syndrome, I had not asked for these additional items. I got letter from my primary Care doctor, letters from my wife and myself in regards to the restless leg syndrome stating it had not got worse and the had doubled my medication for same. The also set me up with an appointment with the Va hospital to have another C/P exam for my right knee. Which I attended on 21 August 2009.

I called the 1-800 number last week they stated that my paperwork was at the rater and that he was requesting another C/P exam letter to do a EMG/Nerve Study. I called the VA Hospital and talked to the lady there and she stated that they had received the paperwork and it is scheduled for Dec 1 2009.

Now today I receive a letter in the mail and it states the follow:

"We continue working on your claim that was submitted on Aug 7, 2009. However, our letter to you dated Aug 19 2009 and Sept 17 2009 failed to give you information regarding your claim for Temp 100% rating for Back and Knee surgery. And also your claim for restless leg syndrome secondary to your service-connected back condition."

I don't understand I have already each time sent all of this paperwork. What the hell is going on. Can anyone tell me what is going on. I don't understand. Is the anyway to call the rater, and ask if he has all the paperwork

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Please help I'm major confused now.

1.) I had Knee Arthroscopic on July 16 2009 to repair left knee meniscus tear, during the operation it was noted the I had Grade three to four Chondromalacia of the trochlear groove.

2.) On July 27 2009, I had Left Sided Hemilaminectomy for decompression. Discectomy at the L5-S1 to remove disc fragments, Posterior Lumbar Fusion was conducted

In Aug I submitted a claim to the VA for a increase in the left knee due to the grade of Chondromalacia and also Conv for both the knee and the back. I sent all required paperwork Post operative reports for both surgeries. I had a C/P exam in Fayetteville on 21 Aug 2009.

Then on Aug 19 2009 they sent me another letter stating: We are working on your claim for your left knee temp 100% conv also Temp 100% for back surgery. Now the added chonndromalacia right knee and restless leg syndrome, I had not asked for these additional items. I got letter from my primary Care doctor, letters from my wife and myself in regards to the restless leg syndrome stating it had not got worse and the had doubled my medication for same. The also set me up with an appointment with the Va hospital to have another C/P exam for my right knee. Which I attended on 21 August 2009.

I called the 1-800 number last week they stated that my paperwork was at the rater and that he was requesting another C/P exam letter to do a EMG/Nerve Study. I called the VA Hospital and talked to the lady there and she stated that they had received the paperwork and it is scheduled for Dec 1 2009.

Now today I receive a letter in the mail and it states the follow:

"We continue working on your claim that was submitted on Aug 7, 2009. However, our letter to you dated Aug 19 2009 and Sept 17 2009 failed to give you information regarding your claim for Temp 100% rating for Back and Knee surgery. And also your claim for restless leg syndrome secondary to your service-connected back condition."

I don't understand I have already each time sent all of this paperwork. What the hell is going on. Can anyone tell me what is going on. I don't understand. Is the anyway to call the rater, and ask if he has all the paperwork

I was reading your info, all I can tell you is to submit what they want. I do not believe that you will be able to talk to a rater. Also if you are SC for your knee problems I think that you can get 100% temporarily for up to 13 months. I had a friend who had some type of knee injury and he was awarded the 100% quit the job and requested unemployability increase. I hope this helps your frustation. Welcome to the club. Just dont give up, give them what they want, its money in the bank waiting to be withdrawn.

Izzy

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mac,

I've read your post three times, but my powers of concetration are exceeded.

I can tell you why you are confused.

Because you have too much going on..........

Are you attempting to handle all these claims yourself? It's okay, if you are, as long as you can keep yer shit together...........and it is becoming apparent, even to you, that you can't.

You need to find someone that you can sit down with, lay all your paperwork out, chronologically, and see where you are, in the VA scheme of things.

If you have not tried your County Veterans Service Officer.......then get yourself down there, BUT, before you do, do as I suggested and get your stuff together, date-wise.

Otherwise, you are going to overwhelm WHOMEVER you wind up with.

Just as you've overwhelmed me.

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Here is my Take.

Call your Rep and tell them you are going to see your claims folder to review.

Have them set up an appt and go look at it. Take the copies you have just in case.

Their redundancy is plain old SOP. If th ey opened the file and looked you wouldnt be asking this question.

J

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Sometimes the VA doesn't get paper work timely. I think you should call your VSCM (VA Veterans Service Center Manager) or VSCM assistant and explain just what you did explain here. Then ask the VSCM to explain what is going on, what they need, and what is happening.

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Sometimes the VA doesn't get paper work timely. I think you should call your VSCM (VA Veterans Service Center Manager) or VSCM assistant and explain just what you did explain here. Then ask the VSCM to explain what is going on, what they need, and what is happening.

YUp, that'd probably work.

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