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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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    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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May-
1. Filed for increase on mental health condition (Depression 2nd to Tinnitus)
2. VES exam, didnt go well, got reduced. Examiner said I had another condition, it wasn't service related, etc, etc. 
July-
3. Filed a supplemental with a DBQ from a private psychologist (looked like 50-70 percent)
August-
4. New exam from QTC, went well, probably around 70 percent 
5.  VSO told me a few weeks ago they sent it back to examiner for medical opinion. I know the QTC examiner had mentioned that they did not ask for one in which he thought was odd during my exam in August. 
September- 
6. VSO told me today that they sent it back to the VES examiner from May, and the examiner basically regurgitated the same thing he already said. He already provided a medical opinion previously in May. Examiner said I had OCD (never been diagnosed by anyone in 5 years). 

I am confused to why they sent it back to the VES examiner and not my most recent examiner? Could this be a mistake? Thanks. Not sure how this will pan out. 

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There was a contradiction between the two doctors examinations and their findings- this happens also if your private doctor opines in your favor and the VA examiner doesn't, or vice versa, especially

By statute it should, but it really depends on what doctor A vs doctor B said and the rationale provided. I know its a popular opinion, but doctors don't usually outright lie on their exams. They get

Pretty much, yeah, except we don't call. We get the pending counts from all the contractors every day uploaded into the system and so it assigns based on distance and overall case load- except that at

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I had a foot and ankle exam with LHI last month. Then they decided I needed a peripheral nerve exam as well but they sent me to the VAMC for it. The NP called me the morning before the exam to get the background information on my issues so I wouldn't have to be in there very long. My appointment was scheduled for 2:30 pm the next day and she told me I could come much earlier if I wanted to. When I checked in I saw the schedule on the desk and it was completely empty other than my appointment.  

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It could be that the person they have for peripheral nerve exams couldn't be there for part of the day or is split between two practices which is pretty common everywhere, VA and civilian. Their schedules are electronic anyway, they shouldn't be leaving a schedule book around where it can be seen. You may not have seen it in the book, but that doesn't mean that there weren't other things going on that you couldn't see. 

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The peripheral nerve exam wasn't even ordered until after the ankle exam was completed. From my time working there that tells me that either the rater reviewed the claim and ankle exam and saw that there was nerve involvement and then either ordered or asked the VSR to order the peripheral nerve exam. This claim was secondary to nerve problems anyway so I was expecting a peripheral nerve exam. But since I've had surgery on this foot/ankle a couple of times I'm sure there's some overlap with soft tissue, bones and nerves. 

There wasn't a scheduling book just laying around. It was a printout of the schedule and it was completely empty other than my name. My appointment was scheduled for 2:30pm and the NP had even told me the day before that I could come in much earlier if I wanted to. In fact, she wanted me to come in earlier but I wasn't able to.  

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I get a printout frequently of "my" appointments.  If I have only one, it would seem like mine was the only one.  Possible, that doc saw "only you" that day, but unlikley.  It probably does not matter to you, that much anyway.

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