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Question On Old Claim
Posted 07 October 2008 - 10:56 AM
Posted 07 October 2008 - 01:30 PM
Even if your SMRs show typhus or some tropical disease-the VA can only rate any residual disability you still have.
Posted 07 October 2008 - 01:33 PM
Posted 07 October 2008 - 02:23 PM
Posted 08 October 2008 - 07:31 AM
BUT I am sure the VA would find no ratable residuals again- CUE is only good as long as the VA actually owed you money at time of past final decision.
If you can afford an IMO -this in my opinion would be the only way to find out if you do have residuals that are ratable and directly due to the typhus-with no other possible etiology.
Nothing is impossible - but everything can become difficult-
I assume the VA has ruled out diabetes as reason for your retinal problems and floaters?
Posted 08 October 2008 - 07:35 AM
Posted 08 October 2008 - 08:25 AM
I just got 1470 hits for scrub typhus and retinal damage-
of course each hit would have to be read-but I could determine after brief search that there is an association there-
I cant tell if the retinal damage shows up right away or could show up years later-
there are 38 claims at the BVA on this condition-most on remand -
question- could this have been dengue fever or even malaria?
This vet got 100% temp for scrub typhus residuals but she lost the appeal to extend that rating-:
Posted 08 October 2008 - 09:10 AM
Posted 08 October 2008 - 12:54 PM
I have seen quite a few Vietnam vet dengue fever claims at the BVA
"A global pandemic began in Southeast Asia in the 1950s and by 1975 DHF had become a leading cause of death among many children in many countries in that region. Epidemic dengue has become more common since the 1980s. By the late 1990s, dengue was the most important mosquito-borne disease affecting humans after malaria, there being around 40 million cases of dengue fever and several hundred thousand cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever each year" Wikipedia
If you have any disability at all that can be associated the the tropical disease or infection you had- it is worth the time and trouble to access all the info you can.
I worked with a Marine who had got malaria at Camp Lejeune.
He still claimed residual problems from the malaria many years after service.
Posted 08 October 2008 - 01:02 PM
Tropical disease-by presumption- any tropical disease manifested at 10% within one year after discharge qualifies for a presumption of service connected.
Did you have any symptoms documented at all or any treatment within the one year after service?
What is odd though is these are the only tropical disease the presumption applies to-
amebiasis, blackwater fever,cholera,dracontiasis,sdysentry,filiasis. leishmaniasis (this is catchy and I know a lawyer sueing VA for family catchy it from vet)
lkala-azar,loiasis,malaria,onchocerciasis, oroya fever,pinta, plaque,schistomiasis, yaws, and yellow fever.
Of course other tropical diseases can be service connected by direct SC evidence.
38 USC 1101 , 38 CFR 3.309 (bv) 2008