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Can I reopen a service connected claim

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I have a claim for my medical records on CD.

While that request is pending, can I open a service connected claim for increase?

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I have a claim for my medical records on CD.

While that request is pending, can I open a service connected claim for increase?

A request for a copy of you records is not a claim. There is no reason that you can not apply for an increase in a service connected disability. You can do this at any time.

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Fat an easy answer is do you have New and Material Evidence, or evidence that you have not submitted is one way to re-open a clam. Has your condition worsened? If so, will need proof. Your lay statement is not sufficient to re-open the case, as we vets are not deemed competent to render a medical opinion. 

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The last denial gives a good idea of what VA found lacking in the past claim and this needs to be overcome in a re opened claim. Often the best N & M evidence of all is an Independent Me4dical Opinion.

and/or current treatment records that show an increase in disability.

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Thanks folks.

I have an IME with medical documentation.

The new (medical exam) and material (test results and doctors opinion) evidence is present.

I think the material evidence portion directly addresses the decision for a previous 0% rating.

In addition, it addresses the present severity and how the disability affects me on a daily basis.

 

In lieu of the evidence, I am even more convinced a claim really hinges on the professionalism of the rater.

Some people judge strictly on evidence and some look for holes in evidence to deny.

I hope a honest person gets the claim; however if not, then BVA here I come.

Thanks for all the responses.................

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