Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery”instead of ‘I have a question.
Knowledgeable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title.
I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.
Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story.
Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph, there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.
Post straightforward questions and then post background information.
Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
Adding Background information in your post will help members understand what information you are looking for so they can assist you in finding it.
Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
Question B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
See how the details below give us a better understanding of what you’re claiming.
Rephrase the question: I was involved in a traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?
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You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons …Continue reading
I am boots on the ground Vietnam veteran 1969-1972. I have successfully handled my own compensation filings with the Veterans Administration for Diabetes type II, renal disease, liver disease, hypertensive heart disease, bilateral peripheral neuropathy in legs, and bilateral peripheral vascular disease. I am currently rated 90% with 10% added for unemployability, Permanent and Total. In December 2013 I began having urinary difficulties which resulted in medication and orders for a PSA from my primary care doctor at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. The prostate biopsy performed in May revealed stage 4 prostate cancer with a Gleason score of 9 (4+5 for 6 biopsies and 5+4 for six biopsies). I have sent a letter request to the Veterans Administration for compensation requesting that Prostate Caner, presumed caused by exposure to Agent Orange, be added to my list of service related disabilities and this effort is ongoing. Their response is expected in the next month. I am also pursuing an SF-95 claim suggesting malpractice as a result of failure to diagnose.
These are my positions; 1) Physical exam performed in 2008 by Kelsey Seybold noted asymetrical prostate with PSA at 1.5.
2) These records were provided VA for compensation and copied to my primary care physician in 2009.
3) UCDavis/Norther California VA Medical Centers study published in Cancer in 2008 shows that Vietnam Veterans exposed to Agent Orange are 200% more likely to get prostate cancer, 75% more likely to have aggressive prostate cancer, and 400% more likely to have mets. I believe this information should have been shared with primary care physicians throughout VA determining that in country Vietnam veterans were high risk for prostate cancer. Another study published in 2013 from Portland VA shows the same results as UCDavis.
4) VA medical center guidelines state that annual counseling regarding prostate cancer should be conducted.
5) A review of all medical records from May of 2009 to January of 2014 do not show counseling, digital rectal exam, or PSA.
My claim of malpractice is that given evidence of asymetrical prostate, study results indicating Vietnam Vets at high risk of prostate cancer, and VA guidelines to annual counseling at a minimum, the annual counseling should have been conducted which would have resulted in detection of the cancer at a much earlier stage.
My question is this; Given the type of claim that I suggest above, will I still need an IMO? In reading posts on this forum it seems to me that I may need an IMO for review of my records confirming no counseling and supporting "standard of care" as counseling on an annual basis as a minimum.
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