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Not Sure If I Should Get An Increase



Hi everyone

Its been a while since I posted sorry about that. Well here I go again not sure what I should do I would like some input from everyone.

A year ago I was awaiting my hearing infront of the board about my claim and just before I was scheduled to go they called me and offered me an increase from 10 % to 50 % for my back and leg which I went ahead and took it I have a 40 % for my back and 10% for my leg.

Just this past week the doctor sent me to neuro for testing to see about nerve damage in my back,leg and arm. Well I got the results that day I have permant nerve damage in my back that will never get better only progressivly get worse and the same thing goes for my right elbow which I never filed a claim for.

Should I see about getting my case reviewed again to see for an increase in my rating or just leave it alone. My wife has contacted our rep and all they could say is that you can come in and we will see not sure what to do. It took me over 4 yrs just to get my 50 % after being denied at first thank god I kept pitcure of an accident I had in a military vechile I think thats what changed their minds.

What do you all think


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If you have new evidence that your leg and back are worse then I would file for an incease. Are you working?

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This is NEVER meant to scare anyone off about filing a claim

BUT - always remember anytime you open your claim up for any reason then VA has authority to review everything and sometimes this has resulted in reductions.

I'm not just posting this per your claim -- it is for everyone.


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yes it has been getting worse and yes I am working but its getting harder to do my job because if I have to kneel down or lay down to fix something I can't get back up because the leg goes numb

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Carlie, and others...

I have been dealing with the va for 20 years. i have reopened my claim over 15 times, and never has the va looked at any medical issue unless I asked them too. That is to say if I requested a relook at my back, they looked at the back issues, not my lung conditon. Or if I requested a relook at my lungs they only looked at my lungs and not my knee issue. The va just doesn't have the time to look at issues that you did not address in your claim. Also remember the va cannot legally downgrade your rating based on one c/p exam...

Carlie is right they the va can review anything at any time they desire, but in my 20 years I don't know of anyone first hand or otherwise that the va has reduced a rating of one type because they reopened on another issue.

If you have the medical evidence, reopen the claim...

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