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I am gathering up my evidence to file a Sleep Apnea Claim.
I know I need a SLEEP STUDY confirmation and also a Diagnose for Sleep Apnea
Ok I got that.
what I don’t have is a Qualified Dr or Sleep Specialist mention that that hey have read my OSA Records and it is his/her professional opinion that this Veteran OSA is at least 50% less likely as not is caused by or related to his PTSD, C-PAP Machine medically necessary to use for his health by the VA Sleep Clinic.
Lay statements from spouse. Dr’s notes Anything favorable to help my claim
I have check my C-file and the diagnose is there the cpap prescription is there but they sleep study diagnose me wIth Mild Sleep Apnea...but that has got worse its probably Moderate to severe now?
I hat to take another Sleep study to prove its got worse so I would be ok just with a service connected secondary condition on the Sleep Apnea its just 50% but that be ok as long as I can get it service connected.
I don’t think they would be any more $$ in it for me UNLESS they S.C. it at 100% which I doubt they will. but the S.C. is worth a shot.
my current ratings is as follow
90% Combined Rating given TDIU -P&T 2003
10%Tinnitus Rated 10% 2002 being paid at the 100% Rate
Moving up through the years= 17 or so Years later
Chronic PTSD Rated 70% Feb 2017 SMC S Awarded at this time with a 100% final rating
E.D. claim secondary to my PTSD Meds service connected but at 0% but paid a 108** monthly payment in addition to all my compensation. so this will not count as for as my rating percentages.
My Question is I am fairly sure they will S.C. this Sleep Apnea at 50%
My Question is can I ask them to go back to the date I was diagnose (June 2015) If I remember this date from reading my C-File last night?
I have over 5000 pls pages to read in my C-file but scanning through it I found where they DX me and prescribe a C-PAP and also the CHOICE Sleep Study is in there where the VA MENTION THAT THEY COULD NOT GET ME IN WITH A SLEEP STUDY AT THE VA AT THIS TIME , SO THEY USED THE CHOICE ACT BACK THEN ITS ALL IN MY C-FILE
I was sent for a Private Sleep Study The VA Paid for its also in my C-FILE
Even the phone call to my home from the VA Sleep Clinic To set up my Sleep Study Appointment Etc,,,, etc,,,, When VA Got the sleep study back this is when they called me and said I had Mild Sleep Apnea and will require a C=PAP Machine
If the service connected this for Mild Sleep apnea and give me a 50% rating will they use the date I filed the claim or can they use the date I was first Dx ?
Remember this is For Sleep Apnea Secondary Claim to my 70% PTSD.
Any Advice or Tips is Appreciated.
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