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2NDMARDIVDOC

Anyone else motice this to be true regarding wait times?

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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?

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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!

jmo

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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?

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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.

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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.

jmo

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