Jump to content
  • Advertisemnt

  • 14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims

    questions-001@3x.png

    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
    Continue Reading
     
  • Ads

  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   

    tinnitus-005.pngptsd-005.pnglumbosacral-005.pngscars-005.pnglimitation-flexion-knee-005.pngdiabetes-005.pnglimitation-motion-ankle-005.pngparalysis-005.pngdegenerative-arthitis-spine-005.pngtbi-traumatic-brain-injury-005.png

  • Advertisemnt

  • VA Watchdog

  • Advertisemnt

  • Ads

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

  • Searches Community Forums, Blog and more

  • Ad Free Subscription.jpgOne Time Financial Gift.jpg

    Subscriptions and Gifts are NOT Tax Deductible. HadIt.com is NOT a Non Profit.

  • 0

Question

I received a random call from Topeka VA to schedule a reevaluation for PTSD. I checked my Ebenefits when I got home, there is an entirely new pending claim for PTSD as of May 4. I still have my rated disabilities since Feb 2012 as follows:

back strain- 10%

bursitis right hip-10%

GERD-0%

psoriasis-10%

panic disorder without agoraphobia- 70%

I did not start the new claim, but it is in the gathering evidence stage. I do see a psychiatrist for my medications and short psychotherapy sessions every 3 months through the VA. He has not stated any change in my diagnoses to me. I went through the notes my psych has put in and the only thing I have seen diagnoses wise is panic disorder with agoraphobia r/o PTSD in his notes. What could be the reason for all this in my claim? Is it an attempt to decrease my percentage, change my diagnoses, or just add to my claims? This will be the only other C&P exam I have had since my initial C&P exam.

Thank you for your help. 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Recommended Posts

  • 0

Of course, I dont know what VA is thinking.  Are you currently SC for PTSD?  If you are not, this could be a good thing and could result in an increase.  

To find out if your condition has "actually improved", go to your exam where you were rated for panic disorder and check out those symptoms.  Did they get better, worse, or stay the same?  

If you have a new PTSD diagnosis and its service connected, then it could result in an increase if your symptoms worsened.  

How long have you been service connected for panic disorder?   If this has been at least 5 years, its tough for VA to reduce you.  (Or if you are p and T).  

Are you working?  Its especially tough for VA to say you actually improved unless you got better enough to go back to work.  

Read the regulations and see if you meet these reduction criteria:

(Probably not):

https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/38/3.344

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ad

  • 0

bmiddleton

I agree with broncovet 

My observation or opinion on this

I would think that if you never filed a claim for this  and your Psyc Dr filed out a DBQ HE/SHE PROBABLY SUBMITTED IT TO YOUR R.O.  (Regional Office) AND R.O. took that as FDC.

Just keep your eye on ebenefits for the status change and update  and see how it plays out.

if you have been S.C. FOR PTSD  70%and now this new condition  THAT would be a separate claim and could possibly render you an SMC S H.B. Award,   which means your % would change to 100% plus 60 % for the new rating (if your s.c. for PTSD?

it all depends on what they rate you.

Edited by Buck52

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

I am currently only SC for Panic Disorder without agoraphobia. I was never diagnosed or rated for PTSD prior to this new claim. My condition has worsened and was recently prescribed for a service animal.

I go to school full time and have for the past 4 years, more so for just the BAH to help pay some bills since I struggle to work. When I called the DAV, they are my assigned representative, they have no record of starting the claim. They said I would have needed to sign off on a new claim being started. 

Edited by bmiddleton

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

Your VSO is not correct.  The VA can/does "infer" claims in some circumstances.  I wont go into those here.  

This applies to "increases", not an initial claim.  Initial claims have to be in writing.  Increases can be formal, informal, inferred, etc.   Nowadays, everyone needs a form each time.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

Are you due for an evaluation for your MH?  Most MH ratings have reviews unless you are P&T.  It is possible you are up for a review.  I just had my review and I was increased from 50% to 70% for PTSD.  The only way this would be a "new" or "increase" claim, is if you initiated it and if you did not, then most likely you are up for a review.  MH doctor's don't submit to the RO, they just add notes in your file, to include your sessions, recent tests for your MH issues, etc.  Your DAV rep should be able to see how the claim was initiated.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Answer this question...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Our picks

    • Type 1 Diabetes recent onset!
      I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in September 2017 OUT OF NOWHERE.

      i am a Navy Reservist and deployed in later 2009 to mid 2010 and again later 2014 to mid 2015; had a 2 year recall between those deployments.  

      Only healthcare received since commissioning in 2008 was from the Navy and no issues EVER.

      insulin dependent and have dietary restrictions and in a non deployable status.

      VA denied initial claim due to Type 1 not showing on active duty and now appealing.

      Anyone with successful experience getting a rating with my circumstances?  I live in Upstate New York.
      • 9 replies
    • Agent Orange Kadena Afb Okinawa
      I am looking for anyone who was on Kadena AFB, Okinawa or .Chanute AFB, IL. My dad was there from Oct. 68-April 70. He has ichemic heart disease, diabetes which has resulted in the amputation of his right leg below the knee and peripheral neuropathy. We were denied in 2002 AMVETS filed a claim on his behalf for heart condition, diabetes and back problems. I refiled in December 2011 and have just received the claim statements and medical release forms. I am familiar with filling out this paper work because my husband is a combat veteran of Iraqi Freedom. I have been reading articles from the Japan times and I am a member of the Agent Orange Okinawa facebook page. Another thing that helps make my dad's case is that he was on Chanute AFB, IL and it is on the EPA Superfund list and has PCBs/Pesticides and Dioxins/Furans listed as ground and water contaminants. I welcome any advice, tips or articles that I may have missed in my own research.
      • 15 replies
    • CBO Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2019 to 2028 Published Dec 2018
      CBO Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2019 to 2028 - This CBO Report has been making the news. This post includes parts relevant to veterans. Nothing has been decided as of yet and some seem very unlikely but you never know. Forewarned is Forearmed.

       

      https://www.hadit.com/cbo-options-for-reducing-the-deficit-2019-to-2028-published-dec-2018/
      • 8 replies
    • 2019 Veterans Benefits
      State Benefits, Space A and More ... https://www.hadit.com/2019-changes-to-veterans-benefits-state-and-federal/
      • 2 replies
    • Appeal granted and closed.
      My appeal was granted and closed on November 9.  I got an unofficial notification from the DAV on November 15 stating "appeal granted with an evaluation of 30%" which is great!  My question is this:  How long until I get the official notification from the va? Nothing on ebennies has updated since the appeal closed. Appeal is now in historical and just says complete and at originating va office. I understand no one knows va timelines to a tee but a general timeline would be great.  Thank you all! Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

       

      Edit:  This was my first time appealing and it was a VBA grant. 
        • Like
      • 6 replies
  • Ads

  • Popular Contributors

  • Ad

  • Latest News
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines