Getting an application approved the first time!

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Getting an application approved the first time!

Post  Supremedebater on Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:58 am

I cannot stress enough folks how important the following tidbits of information are. If you follow these basic instructions you will probably be alot happier with the application process.

1. Make sure whenever you call the 1-866-522-2122 to always keep a log of who you have spoken to, they say they always input what the Veteran was inquiring about but this is not the case. So when you ask for a package when applying for a disability to always get the persons name and location to where your calling. Because if your application package doesn't come in the mail, someone should have to answer for the inconsistencies. CYA (Cover your ass)
2. The appointment with the doctor/specialist (whoever is filling your application out). Watch the doctor and make damn sure that they are thorough with checking off items and filling out the confirmed or provisional boxes, cause one mistake can add months to your claim. And many doctors are fast and only alott 20 minutes max for your appointments regardless if they're charging Vac $250 for filling it in. Assure all measurements are done and range of motions are complete.
3. Do not medicate prior to your appointment, this can affect your assessment immensley because you won't experience the level of pain that would normally be there if you weren't medicating. Expression of pain and not being under the influence of prescription drugs is not cheating your simply unmasking the pain so you can rightly be assessed fully.
4. If any motion or activity hurts...voice it in a calm manner. Don't go past your levels with the "suck it up" attitude.
5. Get the doctor to explain the etiology, pathophysiology and rule out any age related factors on the application. This is of great importance.
6. When doctors use the terms " As a direct result of military service " your chances of approval are pretty much etched in stone if your diagnosed condition has relation to service docs.
7. "It is my medical opinion" This establishes that your doctor is well aware of his or her qualifications and merely voices that he or she knows the patients history and voices it using this phrase " It is my medical opinion "
8. The term " somewhat " If a doctor uses this term it is almost a guaranteed "no" for your application. Watch what the doctors are saying folks...the doctor probably doesn't know he or she is even stopping your chance for applications. But a simple word can open pandora's box.
9. Remember to look at the paperwork sent to you. A section 45 is a disability that arose and directly related to service. A section 46 is a consequential application that is a result of a already pensioned condition to which causes the claimed condition being a section 46.
10. Go prepared to your appointment. Bring supporting documents from physio, med docs and **have the doctor state he has reviewed the Veterans file on the medical questionnaire** anything that can assist the doctor and get you a favorable ruling.


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Thank you

Post  Sam Fisher on Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:57 pm

Some excellent information here. Very Happy

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Re: Getting an application approved the first time!

Post  Guest on Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:13 pm

Sam Fisher wrote:Some excellent information here. Very Happy

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Agreed Sam, Supremedebater is amazing! His dedication is commendable.
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true

Post  ceedee on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:08 am

the info in this post is so true, read all troops it can only help when dealing with the system,
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Re: Getting an application approved the first time!

Post  Guest on Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:45 am

Ceedee, part of the "Release with Dignity" process should have been an implemented program whereby an impartial lawyer gives a seminar to releasing soldiers on how to proceed with DVA administration and applications.

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Re: Getting an application approved the first time!

Post  Supremedebater on Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:58 am

Sparrow86 wrote:Ceedee, part of the "Release with Dignity" process should have been an implemented program whereby an impartial lawyer gives a seminar to releasing soldiers on how to proceed with DVA administration and applications.


WOW, thats funny you say that...I mentioned this to Peter Stoffer a few years ago. Excellent! Thanks to both...so true
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