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When to file (supplemental and new claim)


I recently submitted a supplemental claim for two issues I was previously denied for--and let it go over a year with appealing. I am  waiting on a medical report and will be filing a new claim for a new never filed for condition. If I do the new claim now (while the supplemental's are going through the process) will it slow things down...for either claim?  


Should I just wait for the decision on the supplemental and then do the new claim? Or does it not matter. Thanks

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Wooderson Without knowing any other facts, IMHO I would go ahead and submit when you have the evidence. It's not like you're adding a dozen new claims. It could slow it down a little if the claims are

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Wooderson Without knowing any other facts, IMHO I would go ahead and submit when you have the evidence. It's not like you're adding a dozen new claims. It could slow it down a little if the claims are somehow connected, but otherwise no. In any case once you submit, the clock is ticking and your EED is locked in. I certainly wouldn't wait.

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Submit the claim so VARO receives the claim BEFORE Feb. 1, then your pay, if awarded, will be effective March 1.  Submitting the claim later, always means less retro.  

As far as "slowing your claim down", your claim is already progressing at a slow crawl, as someone pointed out the records departments are on a skeleton crew and that comes very slowly.  I know you want your claim done quickly.  We all do.  Looking at the bigger picture, tho, file now.  We really dont know, for sure, if it will slow your claim down or not, it could even make it go faster!  As an example, your claim "could well" have been forgotten about (it would not be the first), and you stiring it up by submitting new claims could get the ball rolling.  

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Submit your claim.  I've never seen a "new" Claim slow down a claim on Appeal or visa versa.  They are in different lanes.

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