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Greetings! I've been lurking here for a bit and have been the beneficiary of quite a bit of good information. Now I have a question specific to my claim that I don't see answered anywhere else.

Here's a quick synopsis of my claim:

SSDI approved; 13 DEC 16

Intent to file VAD; 22 MAY 17

Completed filing; 14 MAY 18 claiming four disabilities (cervical spine arthritis / left hip arthritis / L&R shoulder bursitis and tendonitis) and IU   

Received first rating decision; 31 OCT 18 - left hip denied / left shoulder approved @ 20% / right shoulder and neck deferred / IU denied, but VA acknowledges I am unemployable but due to NSC disabilities

Received second rating decision; 27 NOV 18 - cervical spine approved @ 30% / right shoulder approved @ 20% / C&P examiner added right upper extremity radiculopathy @ 40% (surprise!) so, VA math - 40+30+20+20 = 80%, and all back pay received

But my IU claim was left in the dust, and I'm thinking it should have been re-opened.

Called today and spoke to Peggy - she filed for a reconsideration of IU based on new rating decision and agreed it should have been held open till deferred items were decided. She said it should reappear on ebenefits within 30 days, and call back if it doesn't


My question is: Should I do anything else right now, or just wait the 30 days and see what happens? Plenty of time for a NOD later.

How does this all look? Complete claim as far as anyone can tell?


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" I’m hoping I don’t have to fight to keep him from getting the fees for the newer claim – which he never touched. I will happily pay the fees for the entire time if the claim he’s handling gets approved first – and it may, because it’s also in Preparation for Notification."

Years ago I contacted a lawyer if I needed representation- because that claim was going on when I returned to college to finish my degree. It was just a brief email and I mentioned the evidence I had.

I thought it would save me time to get a lawyer.

He called me right away and was quite willing to help, even sent me a contract to sign.

I had 2 CUES pending that had nothing to do with the claim I contacted him about-and mentioned them because- we had quite a talk about VAOLA and he would see them in my C file anyhow if he ever repped me.

The contract however included ALL issues I had, and I refused to sign it-then he said he would eliminate the CUEs from the contract but by then I knew I would have to support my claim myself.....after all I had already done all of the medical legwork and had very favorable 2 IMOs.

I won that claim at the BVA.

Be careful of those contracts.

Also I helped a vet get SC after 10 years, 2 CAVC trips etc etc and he had a law firm who VA was going to pay. I sent the VA a letter stating who I was and how I had helped him myself ( this happened during my above claim too and I spent hours a day for over 3 weeks, going through his SMRS etc.) and I pointed out how his lawyers violated the 5 conditions of fee payment and had obviously never even read his BVA decision.

The vet had begun to call me by the hour, email me a lot, and pressure me relentlessly to get his claim awarded as fast as possible.

Once he got the award he was happy and never called me again. I assume the VA never paid his lawyers.Otherwise he would have pressured me on appealing that fee situation.

I only helped him because my former POA asked me too. (Meantime my former POA was messing up my claim.)

I filed a OGC complaint against them, the POA outfit ,with great results and then emailed their lawyer ( state vet org) after I won the BVA case , that my former  state POA said would Never succeed. 

I filed a complaint with their boss too- the Governor of NY.

Incompetence does not just infect the ROs, it happens within our vet orgs as well.I believe  we are all smart enough to handle our claims ourselves.Because everything we need to know is at hadit.

If it involves needing an IMO/IME however, that is a chance we all need to take, to make sure the IMO/IME will actually garner what we want.

It took me over 3 weeks of daily work and research to help the CAVC vet above, and his private  doctor even got mad at me because I also included his Health grade report  as evidence, in the lay medical opinion I prepared for him to consider for this vet.

He was pissed because he is the best Endocrinologist in NY, and thought I was questioning his expertise.

I pointed out to the doc that the healthgrade report shows he has far more expertise than the main VA Endo at Buffalo whose lousy C & P exams, I rebutted myself on my own DMII claim and my IMO doctor supported those medical errors. I said the VA doesn't know who he is -they have to be told. 

He then calmed down and prepared an excellent free IMO for the vet ,who he had treated for many years, referring to the SMR evidence I had found, that VARO Buffalo  AND his 2 lawyers at CAVC ,had completely overlooked .














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Thank you for the heads up, Berta. I'll be prepared to fight.

Do you have any idea what the "Attorney Fee Eligibility," "Attorney Fee Memo," or “Secondary Approval Required” mean? Or why I wasn't sent for a C&P on my hips?


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I have no idea----- maybe the "secondary approval" means it needs another signature......


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