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

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    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

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paulstrgn

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I am filing a HLR for the decision on my hand, I discovered after I received my C-File from the VA that in my opinion the VA did not rate me properly for my hand and fingers.During the medical appointment the individual had marked my right hand range of motion as abnormal, and the gap for my index finger was 5 cm. My current rating on my hand is 10%, I believe it should be at least 20% now (30% might be a stretch if at all possible).

My question is I also need to file a HLR for my knees which were denied, do I file these two together or separately (the decision on the hand is from 7/2018 and the knees 2/2019)?  I believe (which means nothing) that the hand can be evaluated without another medical evaluation where the knees will need a new one (they were not properly evaluated). 

In my mind it is best to file them separately and at different times (the hand right away since the one year is almost up) and the knees once a decision is made on the hand. Should I wait (since the effective date would be the same no matter when I file) or do them both now?

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@Berta I did contact QTC about the doctor who put false information on my DBQ. When I call QTC at 800-682-9701 and they gave me an email address to email my concerns which I have done. That email address is Incident.Report@QTCM.com. 

@shrekthetank1 I did not contact the Hampton Roads VA because I had email the Regional Director in Roanoke, VA ( @Berta - I thank you for posting her information on Hadit) about my complaint, she had someone from her staff call me and they are now going to have a new C&P performed on me. I spoke with this person for more than 1 hour about the issues I have with this doctor. I am not 100% pleased with the outcome because they will only give me a new eval for my back and also two nerve issues in my back (I am pissed that they will look at these two nerve issues I had never asked for an increase for this issue. It is because of this doctor). The doctors DBQ triggered a proposal in reduction for my back 20% to 10% and two Femoral nerve issues in my legs from 20% to 0% (they say because the DBQ shows these issues have improved which is false). I will also have a hearing about this proposal to reduce. Every time I think about this I want to scream!!! 

On the bright side the person I spoke to at the VA gave me his phone number and said to call him 1 - 2 weeks after the DBQ is completed and he will tell me what it says so I will know prior to the hearing.

 

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I know -it is Crap that no veteran needs.

Thank you for being so proactive on this-

I was going to ask my Congressman to support a Bill on these lousy C & P examiners.

Someone already did- it is in the House- but I have not had time to deal with it-

It is also mentioned in my Bill, that I hope Congressman Roe will support, and was part of my OAWB complaint.

These "providers" as VA calls them are replacing VA health care employees all over the country-

because the VA's malpractice payments are so high, and if a contractor from VES, LHI, or QTC commits malpractice on a vet- they have to file directly in a Federal district court because they don't fall under FTCA or Sec 1151.

Someone griped here yesterday or today that I give too much confusing "information" here with links I use.

But I am again posting a link-

https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/ourproviders

Your VA doctor, if you search for them by name , at this link, might not even be a VA doctor.

If a Vet or their survivor has to file a malpractice case in a Federal district court against one of them, the VA's malpractice stats will not show the results of that settlement, if they are successful.

VA is hiding their malpractice stats as it is. My Bill might prevent them from doing that in the future.

I think it is malpractice when any doctor , VA or contractor , deliberately manipulates a C & P exam to be in VA's favor. Because if they cannot handle a C & P right, how many VA patients can they harm?

Some of the contractors are former VA doctors- that info stunned me----but then again one of the contractor sites touts "low" liability- yeah- they believe vets or their survivors will never file in a Fed District Ct...if they are harmed or killed by one of them.

 

 

 

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@Berta All I can say is I really appreciate all the information and guidance you provide us, I find it very helpful. I must admit I am very envious of your knowledge of VA issues!

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That's really cool Paul.  I filed for an EED and wound up with the VA looking again at my nephropathy.  Everyone knows nerve issues do not get better.  I have to wait and see with the DRO does.

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It really does drive me crazy Vetquest when the VA does these things. I hate it since there is nothing to track since it is an internal process.

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