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Pro Tip: If you want to be sure the C & P doesn't hurt you, you're gonna need an IMO.
The IMO is how claims and appeals are won.
Question: Is there any scientific data to support linking Central Sleep Apnea to DM 2 and or PTSD . Key is central not obstructive.
Jim's Reply: I'm aware of some data that suggests that CSA may be associated with DM2 and Metabolic Syndrome. However, I don't believe a cause and effect is as clear as it might be in other cases. I'm not aware of any connection to PTSD without associated TBI.
I've discovered BVA appeals that give some insight as to claims and decisions by BVA regarding CSA. If you'll click here and then type in <central sleep apnea> in the search field and then select a year or two to search you'll discover plenty of reading on the topic.
If you are trying to make a connection or nexus for the purpose of claiming a secondary condition, you're likely going to need an expert IMO for your claim or appeal. An IMO is the very best way to win a claim or appeal as VA gives these opinions a lot of weight in their decision. Good luck!
Question: When are you allowed to file for 1151 benefits for a secondary condition? Only after you’ve been granted benefits for the primary condition, or immediately upon learning of the secondary condition? Thank you.
Jim's Reply: Title 38 U.S. Code § 1151 isn't a benefit in the way you're thinking of it. This piece of the code comes into play if you're injured by VA medical treatment or voc rehab. I usually think of it as a sort of mini-medical malpractice suit where both the burden of evidence and the award are lower than a tort claim.
I believe that you're asking when you are allowed to file a claim for a secondary condition? The answer to that is at any time after you have the primary condition rated. For example: The Vietnam veteran who is diagnosed with type II diabetes is awarded a presumptive rating of 40% by The Schedule for that condition. Once his service connection and the 40% rating are in place the veteran could then go on to file for conditions like peripheral artery disease, carotid artery disease, renal artery disease, coronary artery disease, thyroid disease, retinopathy, and a host of other conditions that DMII is known to cause, contribute to or aggravate.
That same sort of cascading effects may be applied to a service connected injury that causes other disabling conditions. If you lost your lower leg on a mine, you may have hip and back problems over time.
I'll caution that the VA doesn't blindly accept any premise you may offer. There has to be some science to support an allegation and claim of a secondary condition. Overreaching (my active duty broken arm caused my liver cancer 30 years later) will just get you a denial PDQ. If there are doubts, get an IMO.
There is no other part of the Department of Veterans Affairs disability benefits application and adjudication process that is so intimidating as the Compensation & Pension (C & P) exam. Grizzled veterans who have jumped out of airplanes and confronted the enemy in countries around the planet are known to cower in fear of meeting a C & P examiner. The examiner may be a Veterans Health Administration employee or a contractor with a company like LHI and offer varying exams and services. There are other contractors who perform C & P exams and they may operate at a VA facility or out of private offices where they normally practice. The examiner may be a physician or a physician assistant or a registered nurse practitioner or you may be offered a hearing exam by an audiologist and so on. Most exams are perfunctory and often confusing to the veteran. Your key to success is simple; Speak the truth about your symptoms without embellishing symptoms but not minimizing anything. Make brief notes to yourself of anything you want to say. If you don't have a cheat sheet, you'll forget...you know you will. Don't ever display anger or be a smartass. There is nothing you can do to make this any better but to maintain your cool. Keep reading.
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The Must Do & Must Not Do of the C & P Exam
* The examiner does not make the decision about your claim.
* You may take records with you but the examiner may refuse them.
* The examiner won't treat you or prescribe medicines.
* NEVER try to fake any symptom. If you aren't prescribed a neck brace, don't wear one.
* The examiner will only perform the task assigned by an order of the regional office.
* You do not have to allow the examiner to cause you pain or discomfort during the exam by manipulating joints, etc.
* The examiner does not have any insight about how your claim will be decided. Don't ask.
* You may request that a family member or friend join you during the exam. The examiner may agree or refuse your request.
* DO NOT attempt to secretly record any part of the exam.
* DO make notes for yourself before you go. This is the only way you'll be sure to tell the examiner all the details you want to share.
* DO NOT over-exert yourself trying to please the examiner. This exam is about your worst symptoms, not the best.
* DO be courteous at all times. Don't complain to the examiner about all the indignities you've suffered. Focus on the reason you're there.
* DO use your common sense. This exam probably won't make or break the decision about your claim but it can help.
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