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Post by bigrex on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 23:19

I just used 2017 as an example. And yes, if you get approved for a new claim this year, it will be paid out as a lump sum. And also a yes, to your third question. A 10 % assessment, is a 10% assessment, is a 10% assessment, and is paid out at 10% (currently around $36500), regardless of the actual disability.
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Post by Artie Simm on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 19:19

bigrex wrote:Under the Pension Act, you are always paid at the rate you are assessed at. So it doesn't matter how long you have been getting the pension, what your rank was, or if your overall assessment was due to a single severe disability, or several minor ones. If you were assessed at 30%, your PA pension would always be paid at 30%. †Under the NVC, if you received a 20% award several years ago, you would have gotten the 20% amount for that year, but if that same condition worsened in 2017, and was bumped up to an over all 30%, the second award wasn't paid out at the 30% amount for 2017, minus the previous LSA. They only paid you the 10% amount, which resulted in shortchanging the Veteran several thousand dollars.
Are you just throwing the year 2017 in there for an example? or did some VAC/Gov policy change that year.
my original assessment was in 2006 which resulted in a monthly pension.
If my new claim on a different disability gets the thumbs up in 2018, I guess that`s a lump sum?
if the disability is rated at 10% is the payment the same no matter the injury, i.e. one soldier is found to have a 10% disability for back another 10% disability for hearing, is the $ amount they receive the same ?
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Post by bigrex on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 18:01

Under the Pension Act, you are always paid at the rate you are assessed at. So it doesn't matter how long you have been getting the pension, what your rank was, or if your overall assessment was due to a single severe disability, or several minor ones. If you were assessed at 30%, your PA pension would always be paid at 30%. Under the NVC, if you received a 20% award several years ago, you would have gotten the 20% amount for that year, but if that same condition worsened in 2017, and was bumped up to an over all 30%, the second award wasn't paid out at the 30% amount for 2017, minus the previous LSA. They only paid you the 10% amount, which resulted in shortchanging the Veteran several thousand dollars.
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Post by Artie Simm on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 08:55

Art8 wrote:After reviewing everything, I think I may know what was done. My letter said I was previously 34% disability, ( I was also diagnosed with 30% PTSD, and 4% Timothyís) but with the 7% increase on tinnitus it bumped me up to 41% which gave me a 5% increase.
Iím still confused as to why if Iím a total of 41% disability, and should be payout of 40%, that means 40% of $360,000 is 144,000. But after I receive this 5% I will only have a total of 136,000 ish.

Am I wrong in thinking this?
I`ve only ever had 1 claim through VAC approved, but is that how the system works,


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Post by Artie Simm on Tue 19 Jun 2018, 08:44

bigrex wrote:Hearing loss and tinnitus are separate claims, even if tinnitus is normally considered a consequential claim of hearing loss. So you can gets 11% for tinnitus, and an additional LSA for hearing loss. Honestly I was surprised that you said that you said that you had an award for tinnitus, without an approved hearing loss claim, because VAC denied my tinnitus claims, because they said that you can't have tinnitus, without hearing loss, and even though I do have hearing loss, it wasn't noticed during my release medical.

That`s where I`m at right now, VAC says my hearing loss is not bad enough to warrant a disability, so am I to assume my Tinnitus claim will be rejected on those grounds?
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Post by Gunner8 on Wed 16 May 2018, 09:15

Yes sounds straight forward enough. Iíd call and make sure they have all the info tho just to confirm, if u havenít heard back since February. Sometimes a phone call gets the ball rolling. It did for me on my hearing loss app.

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Post by coppers2002 on Tue 15 May 2018, 20:15

Thanks Gunner and Bigrex.... Assessed at 4% initial however likely should've gotten masker from start... Now I have masker on my hearing aid and a night time one as well. Straight forward enough? Smile Prescriptions submitted, doctors medical form sent in as well.

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Post by Gunner8 on Tue 15 May 2018, 19:33

Exactly what bigrex said. If your reassessment is because your getting a masking device, then that would bump it up to 10%. Shouldnít take long because itís automatically 10% award.
I put my application in late December. Seen audiologist in late January or early February and Got prescribed my masking device. Now the person who was taking care of my reassessment paper work was super slow, I had to call her 3 times to get her to send in my final paperwork, once she finally sent it in I had my papers letter come in no time. If you havenít heard anything since February, and youve been prescribed a masking device, Iíd call and see if she sent in the paper work.

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Post by bigrex on Tue 15 May 2018, 18:44

it would probably depend on why the reassessment was conducted. If it was merely because you were prescribed a masking device, it would be very cut and dry. They wouldn't need to look at medical records, or audiology reports. Just having the prescription for a masking device in the hands of an adjudicator, warrants an increase to any tinnitus claim that wasn't already assessed at 10% or more.
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Post by coppers2002 on Tue 15 May 2018, 18:11

Gunner8 wrote:Thanks Newfie.

Copper, I would call and ask whatís going on. When my reassessment went to step 3, was only couple weeks then to step 4. My whole tinnitus reassessment from step 1 right til I got my award was only 3.5 months ish.

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Gunner when did you have your reassessment done? I know they're backlogged! Hoping its not too much longer.

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Post by Gunner8 on Tue 15 May 2018, 16:55

Thanks Newfie.

Copper, I would call and ask whatís going on. When my reassessment went to step 3, was only couple weeks then to step 4. My whole tinnitus reassessment from step 1 right til I got my award was only 3.5 months ish.

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Post by coppers2002 on Tue 15 May 2018, 16:03

The reassessment I have in for Tinnitus went from Step 1 to Step 3 on Feb 23rd... and it still sits at Step 3. Sad

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Post by Newfie on Tue 15 May 2018, 10:56

Gunner8 that is excellent news. Hopefully within the next week your application will move to Step 3

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Post by Gunner8 on Tue 15 May 2018, 09:37

Yesterday after I got off the phone with rehearing place they must of faded my audiogram right away. My status changed to step 2 on my application this morning. Hopefully the process speeds up from here.

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Post by Gunner8 on Mon 14 May 2018, 17:46

So I called them today and they said they donít have my audiogram. So I had to call the hearing place and see if they could send it but they said the audiologist who did it is out of the office all week. I was told that information would all be sent in back in February, the same time I was doing my tinnitus reassessment. Hopefully this process donít take to long. Iím not sure if I will get a disability award either way, but I would like to get this taken care of as I do have some hearing loss. Thanks

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