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@  vet201060 : (26 August 2014 - 11:41 PM) Damn Post It Notes
@  vet201060 : (26 August 2014 - 11:41 PM) True That
@  Asiadaug : (26 August 2014 - 07:46 PM) I Have Yet To Deal With Any Piece Of Va That Isn't A Dysfunctional Mess...ebenefits, Claim Filing, Billing...and To Think Our Tax Dollars Are Used To Perpetuate That Calamity!
@  carlie : (26 August 2014 - 05:39 PM) notorious kelly - loved your shout ! ! !
@  GlassRose1500 : (26 August 2014 - 03:40 PM) Would Someone Add Smc Housbound Plus Smc A&a Regular And One Smc K For Me? I Can't Seem To Do That Math!
@  Notorious Kelly : (26 August 2014 - 03:12 PM) Ebenefits Is Not A Thermometer In The Rectum Of Your Claim; It Is A Post-It Note That May Or Not Be Updated Or Accurate. Try Not To Obsess ;)
@  mcassidy : (26 August 2014 - 01:25 PM) Osa
@  Jaluluah11B : (26 August 2014 - 10:05 AM) My Reconsideration Finally Showed Up On Ebenefits As A New Claim.  gathering Evidence.  [font=Arial][size=3]Automated 5103 Notice Response Needed. [/size][/font]
@  vet201060 : (26 August 2014 - 10:00 AM) Went From Pending Decision Approval To Review Of Evidence Today, I Need To Stop Looking At It. Drives You Crazy Waiting
@  GlassRose1500 : (25 August 2014 - 09:30 PM) @coriemboh I Get My Best Claim Advice Here, But My Dav Guy Gets The Best Intel Once The Claim Is Filed
@  coriemboh : (25 August 2014 - 08:57 PM) The Average Processing Time Is 9 Months More Or Less. Every Time I Call The 800#, I Get A Different Answer. Goe, Roe....make Up Your Mind!
@  coriemboh : (25 August 2014 - 08:56 PM) I Just Want To Know Ballpark Figure Of How Much Longer My Claim Will Take. The Bills Are Piling Up. Adds To My Anxiety And Depression. Sure Wish I Could Tell Bill Collectors The Same Things Va Tells Me!
@  coriemboh : (25 August 2014 - 08:54 PM) @glassrose1500-No, I Don't. I Put In For Representation A Few Days Ago, But I'm Sure That End Won't Pan Out Until The Claim Is Closed.
@  GlassRose1500 : (25 August 2014 - 12:11 PM) Would Appreciate Feedback On My Smc Draft - Posted In The Smc Section! Tkx!
@  GlassRose1500 : (25 August 2014 - 12:04 PM) @coriemboh - Do You Have A Service Rep You Can Call? They Usually Have More Info...
@  coriemboh : (25 August 2014 - 11:16 AM) Called The 800 # To Check Status Of Claim. Really Frustrated With The Lack Of Information.
@  vet201060 : (25 August 2014 - 10:12 AM) Just Checked Ebenefits And Claim Was Pending Decision Approval And Then Checked Few Minutes After That And Now Prep For Decision. Drives Me Crazy
@  coriemboh : (24 August 2014 - 10:00 PM) Anyone Else Having A Hard Time With Evet Updates? Mine Is Taking Forever!
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Two Lumbar Fusions With Possibilty Of A 3Rd One.


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#1 LIL-ROB

 
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Posted 08 July 2012 - 10:24 AM

Had the first surgery in 03 then the second 1 in 2011 can anyone tell me whats the rating change or does it.I'm only rated at 20% for the first 1 which i have been fighting for awhile.

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#2 jvretiredvet

 
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Posted 08 July 2012 - 01:08 PM

The number of surgeries in and of itself has no direct bearing on the final evaluation. Rather, physical findings such as range of motion after the surgery and healing process have taken place are what's important.

The criteria for rating spinal condition are at 38 CFR 4.71a http://www.benefits....ART4/S4_71a.DOC . The diagnostic codes for spinal conditions are 5234 through 5243. It is important to read the verbiage both before and after the DC listing for other important information.

Another issue which you have not mentioned is a temporary 100% for convalescence (if the period of convalescence is over one month). Unlike some DCs, there is no set or mandatory period of convalescence. Generally, the surgeon has to direct or recommend a certain period.

Had the first surgery in 03 then the second 1 in 2011 can anyone tell me whats the rating change or does it.I'm only rated at 20% for the first 1 which i have been fighting for awhile.



#3 yosh1234

 
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 10:41 PM

Had the first surgery in 03 then the second 1 in 2011 can anyone tell me whats the rating change or does it.I'm only rated at 20% for the first 1 which i have been fighting for awhile.


Not sure of your Range of Motions but if you know them or can get them myself or someone else on this board will be glad to tell you if you are rated correctly. I am 40%; my back is all kinds of messed up. However, I was rated at 20%; then, appealed requesting an increase. I was granted an additional 20% due to ROM's which came out to be 50% with my tinnitus. Do I feel like I am rated fairly? Yes. I am also in school under VR&E. Check into that as well, you meet the minimum requirements to at least attempt to apply for VR&E. Much better than P-911 if you are interested in attending school or perhaps retraining for another job.

As for your rating, I think a lot of it has to do with the state you live in. I live in NC and it is a veteran friendly state for obvious reasons. The biggest question I have for you is, Do you have any type of representation-VSO, State Veteran Organization, County Organization, etc? If NOT I HIGHLY recommend you get some entity in your corner.

Ok missed that one. If this is 2003, I am SURE you have somebody helping you. 20% sounds low but without ROM's and case specifics, it's hard to say. Need more detail.

Edited by yosh1234, 22 July 2012 - 10:44 PM.





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