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I have a theory that may or may not be true. Just looking for some opinions or experiences. Over the years I have filed a lot of claims for SC. Some were granted and some weren't. Some came with a decent amount of retro payment. I have noticed, at least in my cases, that claims that are going to be approved usually sit in the "prep for decision / pending approval" stage for longer wait times than flat out denials. Usually a denial goes through the last few stages all within a week as where the approvals take at least a month or longer for the last few stages. Anyone else have an experience or opinion on that?
I Believe that's the way it works on a normal bases so-to-speak
The only thing I have notice when it sits in the ''prep for decision'' for months is if they are in conflict with the veterans private Dr and the VA Doc's its what Dr they believe,? usually if it goes into equipoise then they usually go with the private Dr especially if he is a specialist...but not always the case if they find one wrong word they will deny. and I think the retro has a lot to do with it sitting in prep for decision. but your right normally a denial is handed down faster....which sometimes this sets the veteran up for them to CUE themself.
But I'm sure there other factors too!
Thanks Buck. That's been my experience as well. Although on my most recent claim its been all VA doctors and examiners involved. Its been in the prep for decision phase now for 2 weeks. Like I said, the few denials I've had have always been completed within a week of the CP exam. Do you happen to know if there is any addition steps the VA takes when retro is involved? Particularly high dollar retro that adds to the wait time?
yes when a high retro is involved say over 25.000.00 it takes 3 signatures of higher command, so-to-speak, its the last signature that takes a while...I'm not sure why? elder member Asknod mention this in a past post some time ago..I can't remember what the reason was ?
Any time a claim sits in the prep for decision'' phase is usually a good thing...but I've seen it be there for month then goes back to ''gathering evidence'' some times I think those bozos don't know what there doing...and not realize what this is doing to the veteran and his spouse.
Normally well laid out claim is the claims that will be approved, if a veteran goes over his claim making sure all t's are crossed I's dotted and has a well planed out claim that make it eazy for the raters when they read it.
How a veteran presents his/her claim makes a world of difference!
having well laid out claim with ''table of contents''at the beginning of the claim is recommended that points out for the rater of what to expect and how to find it, and making sure the medical evidence is there in black & white to support the claim. not a lot of mumble jumbo talk just straight and to the point.
I have the same issue going with my claim.
The claim before the one that's being processed now completed within 6 week with denials and 0% rating on two of them.
Now, fast forward to the current claim that i filed in Oct of 2016 it's dragging. The c&p examiner told me that all of my issues were service connected. My exam was the beginning of Nov 2016 and my claim when to preparation for decision the middle of Dec, then just last week it went back to gathering of evidence. They also are going to schecdule another exam. I called and that's what they told me. I feel the first exam was very favorable, now I don't know what to expect with this new one.
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