Jump to content
Using an Ad Blocker? Consider adding HadIt.com as an exception. Hadit.com is funded through advertising, ad free memberships, contributions and out of pocket. ×
  • 0

Tdiu - Bipolar, Secondary To Tbi?


One Devil Dog
This thread is over 365 days old and has been closed.

Please post your question as a New Topic by clicking this link and choosing which forum to post in.

For almost everything you are going to want to post in VA Claims Research.

If this is your first time posting. Take a moment and read our Guidelines. It will inform you of what is and isn't acceptable and tips on getting your questions answered. 

 

Remember, everyone who comes here is a volunteer. At one point, they went to the forums looking for information. They liked it here and decided to stay and help other veterans. They share their personal experience, providing links to the law and reference materials and support because working on your claim can be exhausting and beyond frustrating. 

 

This thread may still provide value to you and is worth at least skimming through the responses to see if any of them answer your question. Knowledge Is Power, and there is a lot of knowledge in older threads.

 

spacer.png

Question

First - thanks for reading.

I'm a Marine Corps vet who served 86'-90' Gulf
> War era. I had three head injuries during my time in service. Two were I
> guess what would be considered minor - a few stitches with each, and then a
> car wreck needing 20 stitches. I also had a documented head injury prior to
> service.
> During the 2000's I was having mental health and alcohol-related
> problems that led to homelessness and visits to VA facilities for treatment
> and psyche meds. In 2005, I filed for and was approved for NSC Pension for
> bipolar disorder. I made some attempts to return to the working world in
> those first few years of the pension and finally stopped working altogether.
> This (stopping work) coincided with my getting sober (4/24/2011) and
> stabilizing my mental state.
> This year, I was reading the news and saw where the VA was adding 5 new
> conditions to TBI, one being depression. I went to the local VSO and filed a
> TBI claim and it was approved for 50% this past September.
> I immediately filed a claim for (bipolar, secondary to TBI, Sleep apnea
> disorders {this says (new), but I filed originally as - secondary to TBI},
> and TDIU (new). This is what it looks like on ebenefits. Apnea was diagnosed
> 12/13.
> These claims are currently consolidated and "Under Review" in the tracking
> bar.
> I guess I have a few questions:

> 1.) Do you think they will attach the bipolar to the TBI with the new rule?

> 2.) With my current rating not meeting the usual percentage requirement for
> TDIU, do you think they will rate the bipolar, add it to the 50% and then
> consider the TDIU?

> 3.) Per the requirements for my NSC Pension, I am 100% p&t. Can the line be
> drawn to that in a nexus?

> 4.) How long do you think the process will take? I did file a
> fully-developed claim and ask on ebenefits for them to make a decision now
> (they have a spot to click on ebenefits).
>

I've been here many times to read, but this is my first post.

> Thanks again,

- One Devil Dog

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Recommended Posts

  • 0

Some in depth questions in a very unique case. I think you may have gotten few responses because of that. Are you 100% P and T now? Or on a pension with 50% service connection? Do you get meds and services through VA?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

"1.) Do you think they will attach the bipolar to the TBI with the new rule?"
If a medical doctor states the nexus via a C & P exam or a n IMO.

> "2.) With my current rating not meeting the usual percentage requirement for
> TDIU, do you think they will rate the bipolar, add it to the 50% and then
> consider the TDIU?"

If you reach 70% SC they will send you the TDIU form.

> "3.) Per the requirements for my NSC Pension, I am 100% p&t. Can the line be
> drawn to that in a nexus?"

Possible but pension requirements are different from direct SC awards.

Not enough info here to know

What does the pension rating sheet show as to the ratings you have for TBI?

Do you get SSDI or SSI?

If so what is it for?

> 4.) How long do you think the process will take? I did file a
> fully-developed claim and ask on ebenefits for them to make a decision now
> (they have a spot to click on ebenefits)."

Others can take a guess on that. I hesitate to guess on any timelines.

It sounds like you have gone over the newest TBI ino here.

Did you claims the scars?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

Mike,

I'm permanent and total through my pension. I'm hoping they'll attach the new SC TBI (@50%) to the bipolar (which is why I'm on the pension), see me as already permanent and total and approve the TDIU. Best case. As far as the healthcare, everything is covered by the VA. - I just moved from Priority 5 to Priority 1, but things were pretty good already there, so I don't think that will change much.

When I received my award letter in September, they gave me the choice to either stay on pension (1054.00) or take the 50% @ (836.13). Can't have both at the same time. So, I'll stay on pension until my SC rating passes that number.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

Berta,

Thank you for the insight. I filed for SSDI immediately after my award letter arrived. I cannot collect SSDI and Pension together, but I can collect the 50% SC (836.13) and SSDI together (around 1,100) = 2,000 a month. Hoping TDIU comes through. I already received a denial from SSDI and have submitted a reconsideration. If that's denied, it'll be time for a lawyer. So, those are the irons in the fire right now.

Thanks again.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

Why did the SSDI deny?

Reconsideration is often a good move.

Been there done that.....it was to reconsider a SSDI award, for what was at that time a NSC disability ....not a denial.

It was to reconsider my husband's 30% SC PTSD. that they never considered at all in the award letter.

And some SSA lawyer said we didnt have a chance. I called him up a few months later to tell him he lost over 4 thousand bucks. The new SSA retro was over 17 thousand.

The good point is that, after we talked for quite some time, he said he would never look at a PTSD SSDI application the same way again.

The SSA award was changed to solely for PTSD with a very favorable EED. Three years after my husband died the VA awarded him posthumously for the PTSD at 100% P & T .

Twenty years after the original NSC CVA award EED , they (VA)awarded posthumously for the original NSC CVA Stroke,but under 1151.and they had to pay.

We have to do whatever it takes.And leave no stone unturned.

Edited by Berta
  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • veterans-crisis-line.jpg
    The Veterans Crisis Line can help even if you’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care.

    CHAT NOW

  • Advertisemnt

  • question-001.jpegLooking for Answers? Here are tips for finding the answers you seek.

     

    All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. To post, you must register. Registration is free. You can register for a free account here.

     

    You can read the forums without registering.

     

    Tips on posting on the forums.
     

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

     

    Leading to:

     

    Post straightforward questions and then post background information.

     

    Examples:
     
    • 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.
    • I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
       
    • 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.
        • 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?

     

    This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial from your claim?” etc.

     

    Note:

     

    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed.
    • This process does not take long.
    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed. The review requirement will usually be removed by the 6th post. However, we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.
    • This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before hitting the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims, and this helps us do that.
  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   

    tinnitus-005.pngptsd-005.pnglumbosacral-005.pngscars-005.pnglimitation-flexion-knee-005.pngdiabetes-005.pnglimitation-motion-ankle-005.pngparalysis-005.pngdegenerative-arthitis-spine-005.pngtbi-traumatic-brain-injury-005.png

  • Advertisemnt

  • VA Watchdog

  • Advertisemnt

  • Ads

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    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

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines

<——>