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Reason For Deferrment - C&p Exam :-(



My husband just got off the phone with a really nice woman from the VA with regard to his claim. We got a call two weeks ago saying he was approved for PTSD at 70%, but his other issues (legal blindness as a result of corneal damage and retina detachments stemming from numerous surgeries following an accident while onboard ship) were deferred.

Ironically, the PTSD he suffers is as a result of the accident, so they approved PTSD based on the injury in the service but didn't approve the injury - but I digress.

So, she tells us that when the eye doctor at the VA hospital in Philly did his C&P exam, the doctor failed to put in any of the standard language they expect to see in the exam report (as likely as not; likely; not likely; etc.). She did a very thorough exam and a history that documents the injury, but no where does she relate the condition of his eyes and the accident. She doesn't indicate it's not connected, she just wrote a standard medical report (here's the history, here's today's exam, thank you for allowing me to examine this patient).

The VA is sending her follow-up email, but we don't know the language in that email. The rest of his claim won't be considered until they get a response from this doctor.

So, I guess my first question is - is the email part of his medical records, so we could get a copy of the email and the doctor's response? Should we assume she wasn't familiar enough with the C&P process to know how to do the report as required by the rater? I'm not even sure there's a way for us to contact this doctor to see if there's something we could do to help her?

We're approaching the end of our second year since the claim was filed, and I'm just hoping to find something I can do so I feel like we're being proactive.

Thanks for any insight!


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If the examiner was at the VA hospital she should know the termonology,or anyone the VA sends your husband to. Everything is done electrically the examiner should have to resubmit the paperwork with the proper wording.

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