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Lawyer In The Austin/georgetown, Tx Area?

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So there is this: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/vso-search

Which turns up quite a few attorney results in the Austin, TX area. I'm in Round Rock; does anyone in Central Texas have experience with any lawyer for VA claims they can share?

Background: I filed a claim for the Desert Storm illnesses the day after Congress made them presumptives (Thank you IOM!!). VA granted me the typical low-ball percentages, I did a NOD that got nowhere in 2014. Now I have a year (right?) I lost the 30-day window because I was dumb enough to believe my VSO rep who was retiring and didn't care much (full disclosure: he is said to have been very good in his prime, but I guess after so many years....)

Current ratings:

- PTSD 50%

- IBS 30% (max allowed)

- Fibromyalgia: 20%

- Chronic Fatigue: 10%

- Allergic Rhinitis: 10%

- some 0%

What I honestly believe I should have:

- PTSD 70%

- IBS 30%

- Fibromyalgia: 40%

- Chronic Fatigue: 60%

- Allergic Rhinitis: 10%

- random 0%

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"I did a NOD that got nowhere in 2014. Now I have a year (right?) "

Do you mean they sent you a SOC? or SSOC (30 day window)

Was your I-9 filed in time?

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I actually have no idea, Berta. I do remember something about a 30-day window.

How do I find out?

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You are not that far from Waco. If it was me I would drive out and ask for help.

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Lawyers cant help unless a NOD has been filed, or there is still time to file one.

You need to find out the status of the claim or, if it was closed, and in that case you will need new and material evidence to re open it.

Have any of your meds increased since this decision, that would indicate a higher rating might be proper?

did you apply for Voc rehab but they said due to your SC school was not feasible?

Have you been awarded SSDI since filing this past claim but VA does not know that?

I am just trying to see what new and material evidence you would need to re open, if you have to ,but the VA Schedule of Ratings here will tell you what evidence they need for higher ratings for each these disabilities.

Have you checked to see if anyone took over the VSOs work load and possibly filed a NOD for you?

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From what I remember, I filed for the Desert Storm things back in 2009. I got a rating and did a NOD, The answer to the NOD (not sure what it would be called) came in 2014, and there was something about a 30-day window to get new evidence in and have a quick decision. I missed that window, but the VSO said something about a year before it became closed.

To answer Berta:

Have any of your meds increased since this decision, that would indicate a higher rating might be proper?

- Yes, but to be honest the initial ratings were far too low. I had been seeing civilian docs, but starting about a year ago I've made it a point to go to the VA clinic to start better documentation.

did you apply for Voc rehab but they said due to your SC school was not feasible?

- Voc Rehab: not in a very long time. Back in the mid 90's I got some voc rehab, but none since then.

Have you been awarded SSDI since filing this past claim but VA does not know that?

- No SSDI

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