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Yesterday my claim moved to Prep for decision, this was a week after my latest C&P, I was feeling optimistic that the estimated completion date of 9/4 was reasonable. Today it moved back to review of evidence and my date oushed to 9/14. This is a claim with 1 increase, 2 new, 2 secondary. I filed my claim 9/24/18 it seems like a long time for a claim.
Anyway, my question is: have any of you had the claim move from "prep for Decision" only to regress to review of evidence? If so, what was the timeline like?
Hello, I checked ebenefits and it said I received a GRANT from the CAVC for increased rating "anklyosis of the shoulder." I had appealed for depression and anxiety as well and they were not addressed on ebenefits so I am guessing it is still on remand at the BVA level. Ebenefits also stated that my remand would take 16-24 months. I am currently 60% with 10 for tinnitus, 20 for ankle, 20 for shoulder, 20 for shoulder radicupathy, 10 for knee. What does all this mean? if I am not providing the information needed for input I am happy to do that but at this time I dont know what else to provide you guys.
I made the first post under the AMA forum about my 1st Claim under the AMA process.
I put it up to track the dates and times things took
I filed that post May 8 2019 the same day I filed the claim
On May 17 I was emailed that VES was looking for a Doctor.
on May 20th I found out my C&P was on May 24th
On May 29th VA.GOV said estimated completion date was Oct 22, two days later it went to Oct 23rd.
The next week VA posted they had sent a Request for Clarification.
No change until this morning at 4 a.m. PST. The status went to Preparing for notification with a completion date of 17 June.
Since I am OCD and have taken the good advice not to obsess over what Ebennies and now VA.GOV says about estimated completion dates.
I limit myself to checking it once in the morning, usually around 4 a.m. and once around 8 p.m.
So that is what makes this a little funny. Last night at 8 p.m. the status was still Oct 23rd, but by 4 a.m. PST it changed to June 17th.
It appears someone was working overtime or literally waited to Saturday morning to flip that date switch.
I don't know for sure.
So now the wait begins.
What I know for sure is the Dr. was a idiot and not qualified in Urology or anything else I am rated for. He is only licensed as a General Practioneer
I posted his weak credentials elsewhere. basically he has never practiced medicine, He just does C&P's and probably insurance evals.
I suspect I will be filing a NOD.
I do know that since the change on VA.GOV I am sure the RO has the DBQ, so I will go down and see if I can get that one and the other three I need.
That alone is logistical chore but I will figure that out. The wheel chair and all the hills near the VARO make getting there a bit much.
I will post again when the date changes and see if I start my wait for the BBE or if they bounce it back again.
Interesting little blip I discovered today and am wondering if anyone else has seen these same things under the AMA process.
I just applied for a rating for Voiding Dysfunction as the VA said I had a possible claim when they granted my ED claim.
The whole C&P was a joke and I suspect I will have to appeal based on the fact the Dr was not qualified among other reasons.
However, the blip is that today I went to VA.gov to check the status. I do this to track how many days it takes to get to each stage.
In the file today I noticed it had two closed requests so I went looking around. Both requests are marked closed
Exam Request - Request for Clarification ---Now who they sent this too and if it means the VA has the C&P is up in the air. I will call peggy on monday to find out.
No longer needed Request 1
Exam Request - Processing
No longer needed -------------------- One the files tab under additional evidence was this line
Type: VA 21-4192 Request for Employment Information in Connection with Claim for Disability
Now the blip is that I own my own company, and nowhere in the claim application, C&P, or my VA files is the name and address of my company. Nowhere is there a reference to the fact that I own a company. This is intentional on my part. The Dr who did this C&P did not ask who I worked for or what type of work I did. He only asked how my BPH was service connected and how having to pee a lot impacted my work.
I have not received that request form and of course the VA does not show dates sent.
But VA.gov does show that 2 requests were made and both were closed on May 15th and 17th respectively.
I am 100% P&T and generally work at my office or home.
In none of my claims has there ever been a letter from the VA asking about my employment and I don't remember ever seeing that Form Name or Number on any of my previous claims in Ebenefits. I searched my existing C-File copy and that form is not in there at all.
I am wondering if this is a new thing under AMA and who they sent that form too. It is aimed at an Employer not at the SSA.
I am also wondering if I will be able to get the form and who they sent it too from the VARO office when I go get the C&P once I know it has been brought into the VA system.
There is also this under additional evidence
Type: VA 21-8940 Veterans Application for Increased Compensation Based on Unemployability
I did not file an IU request. I am 100% already. IU would be moot. I searched my C-File for this one too and that form has never been recorded into the C-file.
I don't know if the presence of these files is some automatic thing under AMA. I will have to look and see if they are just new form names and numbers under AMA, but either way they were never sent to me or filled out by me in any of my claims.
This is posted just as information and to put a clock on the claim since the AMA process that started Feb 19, 2019. I don't believe AMA will affect this claim.
I am also posting this so when I do get a decision I can come back here and review my thinking and rationalizations that I will list below. sorry it is so long.
As a note anyone with an ED award secondary to PTSD, and who has any type of leaking, might consider a claim for Voiding Dysfunction or other related Genitourinary problem.
I filed this claim today, May 8, 2019.
This claim is a Secondary Claim suggested by an existing SC award for PTSD.
In a 2018 Award for SMC (K), ED secondary to ptsd, I was notified of another potential claim for Voiding Dysfunction.
I filed an Intent to File in 2018.
This was all under the Legacy system, not RAMP.
Things I don't know about Claims processing since AMA went into effect:
1) I don't know how this claim will process since AMA seems to deal mainly with Appeals instead of a new claim filing or secondary claim filing.
2) I don't know if this will go into the national queue or be done directly by my local RO, which is Seattle.
3) I don't know for sure how the VA will view this claim, meaning will I need a C&P, since they suggested the claim and I submitted a very detailed Statement in Support of Claim form vba-21-4138-are. I know that some consider this the most useless form in the VA library, but since I want to test the process in their suggested way I will use this form. I used the DBQ criteria and Rating criteria to write the factual information for the claim. I was truthful and exact as possible.
4) To upload that vba-21-4138-are, I had to select Buddy/Lay statement as the type of document.
5) I uploaded the Award letter that contained the recommendation to file for Voiding Dysfunction.
6) Voiding Dysfunction did not exist in the category of Secondary claim I had to select from so I chose genitourinary as that is the broadest related category they showed me related to this condition and the ratings table for genitourinary contains Voiding dysfunction ratings.
I am going to guess, and this is probably really just wishful thinking, that this will be a rocket docket process for this claim.
I think that because I am already SC for a known related condition that this is claimed secondary too. The VA has lots of medical literature connecting the two.
I think since they suggested it as part of their Duty to Assist/Notify, that will ease the processing/decision time
I think giving a detailed State. in Sup. of Claim (vba-21-4138-are) using the information from the Rating Table and DBQ, they may not even need a C&P. This is because in my case, my Primary Care Doc has ordered appropriate pads for me. I have a diagnosis of BPH. I am awarded SMC (K) for ED as a secondary, and I am 100% SC for PTSD.
I explicitly stated pad usage, urinary frequency for day and night times and the effect it has on my life. All of which are part of the Rating Table and DBQ.
I think I will get rated at the max, 60% but there is a path that puts it as SMC (K) and I think (but am not sure) that we can get multiple SMC (K) awards but I don't know if they will just 0% it and award SMC (K) or rate it at 20, 40 or 60 and award SMC (K) or bump me to SMC (S) which I have found is met with a single 100% coupled to a 60% rating (even combined I believe). Either way, if an award is granted I end up with more money each month. The third rating outcome would be 0% SC without SMC (K) or (s) and that would be depressing.
I am also wondering if @Tbird will consider creating a user-contributed database of Secondary Conditions Connections. It could be a very helpful resource and would be a unique resource for Veterans trying to figure out what their conditions might extend too if the medical facts concur. The SEO value would be huge if done right. Veterans are searching the internet for SC conditions every single day by the thousands.
I don't now who hosts Hadit, but they should have a free SQL database engine and interface available and the design is literally the most basic. For example the user Selects from a list, I am Rated X%, then selects for Y condition from another list, and Secondary to that I am rated Z. This last could be a combo of user input and list. The ability to input could easily be condition on membership, free or paid or allow both.
Indexing the Y condition would allow displaying the listed secondaries reported by the users and even could say when they were input into the datebase to give a time reference. Indexing the Secondaries would display possible primary conditions to associate to.
The search could be that the user selects " I am primary for Y what are possible secondaries." The other search is "I have Z what is it secondary too." Only two public searches (queries) needed. 3 basic public tables (4 of date included in database is shown). Output would be a simple HTML list.
If anyone else thinks that DB would be helpful please chime in.
I will update this as I find things out. That advent of the AMA and cancellation of RAMP changes things in ways we just don't know yet.
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70%&sfsystem posted an answer to a question,OK everyone thanks for all the advice I need your help I called VSO complained about length of time on Wednesday of this week today I checked my E benefits and my ratings are in for my ankles that they were denying me 10% for each bilateral which makes 21% I was originally 80% now they’re still saying I’m 80%
I’m 50% pes planus 30% migraine headaches 20% lumbar 10% tinnitus and now bilateral 21% so 10% left and right ankle Can someone else please do the math because I come up with 86% which makes me 90 what am I missing please help and thank you
I was denied SC for IBS and GERD IN 2011. In 2019 I was awarded SC for GERD. This CUE is for 2011, both GERD and IBS. There are some odd aspects regarding the 2011 decision, the way it was written and the C&P report and the way it was written. I've tried to present this as clearly as I can. Note: the decision contradicts itself. the decision also contradicts the C&P Report. Honestly, I think the rater just got confused because the C&P was so poorly written. *THIS CUE HAS NOT YET BEEN SUBMITTED*Please let me know what you think. Appreciate all comments and suggestions. Thanks.
VA RATING DECISION MARCH 23 2011 GERD IBS.pdf C P REPORT 7312010 GERD IBS.pdf GERD IBS CUE 2011(1).pdf
C P ADDENDUM REQUEST RE DIAGNOSIS 7232010.pdf
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