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Doctor checked "Total social and occupational" for C&P exam. Odds of me getting 100%?

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Hello all!

So I was browsing around E-Benefits a few days ago and came across my digital C&P exam on my BlueButton list. The Doctor checked the "Total social and occupational impairment" box. What are the odds of that translating to me getting a 100% rating? Thanks for any and all help.

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Ok, so you want a number.   I give you a 25% chance on your first VARO decision, 60 percent if you appeal to the BVA, and 80% if you persist to the CAVC.  Here is my bases.  About 85% of first time claimants are denied.  This includes both those with and without a nexus.  The BVA is better, much better.  If you have 

the complete caluza triangle, your chances at the BVA are 80 percent or better, but we only know from your post you have one of the three caluza triangle:  (current diagnosis, in service event, nexus).  If you have all 3, you should eventually win.   Persistence is key, because the longer you persist the more likely an award.  

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If your c&p states "total social and employment impairment" and you have the nexus then I think your chances of getting 100% or TDIU are very good.  Total social and employment impairment is the definition of 100% disability.  Bronco is probably referring to all the VA tricks and evasions they may deploy to deny or delay your getting 100%.

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Good luck on your claim

The nexus John999 describes may also be part of the C&P exam. It might be worth it to take a second look at the rest of the exam. The wording may include "less likely than not", "as likely as not", "more likely than not", or "was caused by/is due to". Just bear in mind that even if the C&P doc did everything correct, the people who process the claims at the VARO can still screw stuff up. I had one fail to read a measurement, but I sent in a notice of disagreement and they fixed it.

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