VA DISABILITY

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VA DISABILITY

  1. Do whatever it takes. You deserve it

    43.3%
  2. Adjust your pre-exam activity slightly

    30.0%
  3. Do nothing out of the ordiniary

    16.7%
  4. Do not exert any more than you need to

    3.3%
  5. You should NOT refile for VA comp

    3.3%
  6. other

    3.3%
  1. Salty

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    I am a US Army vet. During my many years in the Army, I had a lot of problems with my knee, due to military service. After, I was discharged, the Veterans Hosptial declared me disabled at less than 10% This level does not give me a fincinal payment. I do however, recieve all my medical care for free. A year ago, I went back to the VA as my knee has given me additional problems. I am not able to run, cannot walk more than a mile, it hurts when I walk up more than two flights of steps, or down more than 4 flights, ect. In fact, after I left the Dr office, my knee was in extreme pain, beacuse the Doc had twisted it so much.
    However, the doctor would not increase my disablity.
    Yesterday, I was informally talking to a VA counsler about my knee. (He owns a copy center store, that he runs on the weekends) While, at the store, I was standing at the counter, I let out a big OWEWWWWWWW, as my knee "fell out of joint" The off-duty counsler told me to go back to the VA. I gave him my history. He told me when I go back for a re-evual, I should walk up to the 8th floor, and then back down to the second floor. That way, my knee will be in extreme pain. Currently, I do very little if any physical activities, beacuse of the pain my knee does give me. In fact, that is one reason I drive taxi, there is very little excerise. In the Army, I was in charge of supply wharehouses, including much lifting, ect.
    What should I do?
     
  2. Thankful

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    Keep on filing until you receive benefits, but I do not think that you should do anything that increases your pain. If they discover that you are walking up flights of stairs, etc, it will cause them to question if you are really in pain.

    Praying that you will receive the benefits that you deserve.
     
  3. Ed Edwards

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    They always reject you the first few times
    to see if you are serious. If you are serious
    then you will keep going back.
     
  4. LadyEagle

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    I am a medical transcriptionist and I type dictations for hospitals and some VA accounts. Here are a few tips/questions (based on what the VA doctors dictate).

    Be sure you STRESS to the examining physician the following next time you go back (I believe you deserve every cent coming to you, BTW):

    If your knee gives way or locks.

    If the other knee gives way (due to stress placed on your good knee from over weightbearing to compensate for the other knee).

    Do you have any numbness and/or tingling in either extremity?

    How far can you flex, bend, extend, straight leg raise?

    Do you have any lumbar pain that is radiating up from your knee?

    Does your knee affect your gait?

    Do you walk with an aid, such as a cane?

    Does the pain keep you awake at night?

    Does the problem with your knee affect your usual activities of daily living (grooming, bathing, etc.)?

    Does the knee problem affect your work/recreational activities?

    Do you have any grinding or crunching sounds in your knee?

    Is the knee condition aggravated with walking, running, sitting for prolonged periods (like driving a taxi), standing for prolonged periods, etc.?

    Do you have to take something for pain? What, how much, and how often?

    What makes the knee feel better.

    Be sure you go into graphic detail about everything. Don't give up, keep trying. Some vets have to keep trying in order to get the benefits they are entitled do - whatever you do, don't give up. I type these Compensation and Pension reports nearly every day. Those are the suggestions I can come up with and I hope they help.

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  5. Squire Robertsson

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    While I would not suggest you take any extraordinary actions to inflame your knee, nothing says you have to take the closest parking spot to the hospital enterance either.
     
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    I agree, we should all be just as dishonest as the Lord leads. :rolleyes: Seriously, you should be just as honest as you can be and let the chips fall where they may.
     
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    Just do the same you always do. Sometimes it takes a while to get what you need. Just keep at it.
     
  8. Carolina Baptist

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    I am currently at 10% and I am in the process of being reevaluated. I am waiting to hear from the VA. As you know, it takes awhile.
    I had a failed knee surgery and I will now have to change jobs to get off of my feet.
     
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    I was not recommending any dishonesty. Far be it, God does not need our help. However, if our brother is like me and is always on the hunt for the nearest parking slot, I am advising him to take the best available one. No, not the one on the back forty but neither the one right next to the handicapped slots either.
     
  10. Maverick

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    Keep filing. It is basically a game to see if you are serious. I know folks getting care and money beyond what they deserve because they just kept filing. One guy got a raise in his percentage because substitute doctor overheard him fuss about having the appointment changed three times. Doc figured his PTSD was worse and jumped up the rate.

    My Rep said that if he could have gotten me right after service he might have got me 100% and all I am now is 0% for sinus issues and I don't go there for treatment. I don't have time for the game. I have good insurance and will be covered by my Army retirement at 60 so it is not worth the hassle for me.
     
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    My Hubby retired from the Air Force in June, and in November got a 70% disability rating. (Several things combined, including heart trouble.) All we know so far is that 70% of his retirement is non-taxable. A man he works with said he can apply for more benefits.


    Wher do we find out about that kind of thing?
     
  12. Salty

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    I abstained from voting by clicking "other", in case anyone was wondering who voted other.

    I would like to thank each and every one of your for your imput, especially Lady Eagle, thank you very much for your imput. I will certainly use your advice

    BTW yesterday I had two problems with my knee. I carred my 12 bags of grocries up one flight of steps. Started hurting about half way thru.
    Last night, my wife and I decided to attended the play "A Dickens of a Christmas". The theater was not too warm. My knee hurt for quite a bit.

    Oh, one other thing, should we start a poll to see what BB members think about thiting on disability paymes?
     
  13. Carolina Baptist

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    My Disability payments are income and, though they are not taxable, I believe are "titheable".
     
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    "Bueno suarte" on getting your dues from the bureaucrats--

    It takes years sometimes to struggle through all the "redtape". Best get a lawyer. I know of a Viet Nam Vet who was disabled by Agent Orange. It took 7-years to get a settlement--he was a para-legal.

    Selah,

    Bro. James
     
  15. Amity

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    I realize this is an old thread but figured I'd chime in. My children's father is a former Marine. When he was medically discharged (he injured his shoulder in the line of duty and the surgeon at Bethesda made it much worse rather than better) they decided to kick him out and rate him 10% disabled. (medical malpractice suits against the federal gov't are not allowed by members of the military) We fought it, because he was in constant pain and in need of continued meds and physical therapy. As a paralegal, I did a little research and wrote a detailed letter to the VA office in Buffalo. They granted a hearing, and within 4 months his rate was increased to 50% disabled which means he receives monetary benefits (which really come in handy since sometimes he is in so much pain he has to miss work...even still....5 years later) and he is 100% covered medically at the VA hospital in Syracuse.

    My advice is to be persistant. They will listen eventually.

    God bless.
     
  16. Salty

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    I was at the VA Syracuse, today, for my semi-annual physcial. I spoke to my Dr about my knee. She told me that when the comp Dr checked my knee, he only had x-rays. That does not tell the whole story. So she has scheduled me for an MRI. That will be able to give us "the rest of the story" I should find out in a day or two, when that will happen, will keep you posted.
     
  17. Salty

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    I just had my VA comp exam a week or so ago. It may take 2 or 3 months to get an answer.

    Will keep you posted

    Salty
     
  18. Daisy

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    I thought disability payments were compensation for loss of income, not for pain and suffering.

    Would surgery improve the function or less the pain?
     
  19. Salty

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    I have been told that surgery will not help my condition.
    Due to my condition I am unable to do the work I did in the military. (wharehouse work) there are also some other factors involved as well.

    Bottom line, I just recieved my anwswer from the VA, I am now rated at 20% disabled.:1_grouphug: So should I give an offering on that, wait, thats another thread:smilewinkgrin:

    Salty
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  20. Hope of Glory

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    Don't do anything dishonest.

    However, after my injury, my ankle does well at some times and others I cannot walk without my brace. My doctor has instructed me to see him at the bad times, not the good, and he has put me through strenuous tests because he cannot treat my ankle when it's doing well. My ankle is doing much, much better, and without the pain, he could not treat it.

    So, the question is, is it dishonest to walk up 8 flights of stairs before seeing the doctor? Well, personally, before my injury, I was known to do things like run up and down 12 flights of stairs carrying weights simply for the exercise. So, I consider that to be a normal activity that can no longer be done.

    And, I would like to point out that I am not even eligible for any sort of disability. These things were simply done for treatment.
     

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