Common Mistakes – Attending C&P Exam

(gentle music) – Hello, and welcome to the VA, excuse me, the Hill and
Ponton VA video blog. I’m Matthew Hill. – Carol Ponton. – And today we’d like to talk
to you a little bit about, we’re talking about a series
on big mistakes vets make, and problems that are
presented in their claim that interfere between, interfere with them getting the benefits they deserve, and today, we just wanna talk briefly on C&P exams, Comp and Pen exams. – Compensation and Pension exams. – And essentially, these
exams are issued by the VA. The VA has a duty to assist
you to win your claim, and if they feel that what’s
missing to grant benefits are either a medical opinion about the disease being connected to service, or a medical opinion about the rating, the severity of the disability. Then they’re generally gonna
send you to a C&P exam. We only see cases where there’s
already been a denial, but – So usually there’s been a
Compensation and Pension exam. – And that usually is the biggest reason for denial, right, Carol? – Exactly. So, what is a Compensation
and Pension exam? The person that’s deciding
your case looks at the evidence and says, okay, we’re missing something. Are we missing the
service connected problem? Or, are we missing the diagnosis and how bad your condition is? So they will set up a
compensation and pension exam to have you evaluated. Now, they’re gonna say on their notes exactly what they’re looking for. You don’t know, but if you call the people that have set this up they will tell you if it’s a PTSD exam if that’s what you’re claiming. It’s an exam for your back. Maybe they’re gonna do
some testing on you, blood work to see if you have diabetes. So, they will let you
know so you need to be prepared for that exam. If you’re going in for
PTSD you should get, there’s a form that
the VA has and it lists problems that anybody who has PTSD has, nightmares, flashbacks,
lack of trust, anger and if you don’t have a problem in each one of those little categories, you don’t have PTSD according to the VA. So, you really need to figure out what are they looking for. Because it’s not that our
veterans don’t have it. It’s they usually talk
about what’s bothering the most that day. – Right. – So, they may have lots of nightmares but they have an anger
problem and on the way to the VA exam they got in a fight with somebody that was driving near them. So, you need to make sure, what are they looking for so that you give them all of those things. – I would say on that,
if you know the exam you’re going in for you
get a buddy statement or two or people who live with you or close friends to just write what they observe in you, not how
great a guy you are, and all this stuff, but
you know today I see Fred, I see him wincing
when he bends over. He has to sit down after walking up a flight of stairs. – I help him with his yard ’cause he can’t do it anymore. – And those are things
you wanna take with you. We always recommend that our veterans take somebody with them, a witness, a wife or you know, a child or somebody. The majority of the
time they’re not gonna, 90 percent of the time, they’re not gonna let that person back into the exam room with them. However, if you have
these buddy statements you can at least hand them to the person. You know, I’d keep copies for myself but you have these buddy statements
that you can hand to them that doctors should review that. Hopefully, they have
an understanding of how bad it is but then, also note that in their review. – But, to be safe, you
should turn that in to the VA separately. – Yeah. – We also find that the VA will often give you a form to fill out
and you need to make sure that form is complete. If they’re talking about
your back, talk about pain going down your leg or the fact that you’re incontinent or the fact that that makes you depressed. This is your chance to put everything down because often veterans
will go in and they’re there ten minutes or
less and then they end up seeing this huge
Compensation and Pension report, goes on for pages. And, they go where’d they get all this information? – It makes it look like the doctor really sat down and took time with you and you know he didn’t. – A lotta times they just copy it off, whatever the form was that you handed in. So, if that’s the case
you want to make sure this form is complete. The other thing that I tell veterans is this is the one time
somebody, a doctor from the VA is going to see you. So, if you’re going in
and most of the time you’re home in your pajamas and you don’t shave and you don’t get your hair cut, don’t dress up for this person. They want to know how are
you really functioning in life and if that’s the way you are. – It’s your chance to show them what your day to day existence is. – Yes. – And you don’t need
to put makeup on that. – And that’s a big mistake that I see. The veterans, maybe the
spouse, maybe the person that lives with them says you can’t go looking like that. You need to take a shower. You need to do this. Well, if you don’t usually
do it, don’t do it. Let them see how this
condition has affected you. – Well, this is our blog
on C&P exams and their importance and how we
see they can be messed up and veterans not get the
benefits they deserve due to what happened there. Thank you for tuning in and again, we have several other
big mistakes we see that you should be able to
find on this channel. Thanks. (gentle music)


    Trump signed a bill several months ago stating he approved bare giver for ALL veterans.. Went to Care giver at VA  hospital in Durham,NC.   I was told that she was aware of the new law signed by Trump but she die][d not have any indoor to activate it and told me to come back in JANUARY 2019.  I think that time is excessive.  Please notify the care gives at ALL VA Hospitals.  6 or 8 months it to long to wait.  If necessary I will have to ask the president since the OIG and VA Secretary is doing nothing a bout this situation 

    Bobby strock 
    90% disability 
    10% unemployability.

  2. I don’t understand what you are saying. A care giver for all veterans? My wife assists me, doesthe new law allow her to receive care giver benefits? How does this work?

  3. I had a C&P exam scheduled in 2015 and didn’t know what it was for since I had several claims in the pipeline. I called the C&P clinic prior to my arrival and they didn’t even know what my exam was for. They might know but they sure as hell won’t tell you. So I was ill prepared for my exam and hence had my apnea claim denied cause the examiner didn’t have my sleep study results in front of him. Still fighting that to this day.

  4. I'm getting a C&P exam in two weeks. I have chronic sinusitis and the Dr. I'm seeing is a sports medicine guy. I don't know why they're not sending me to a Ears, Nose and Throat doctor since they deal with sinusitis like the Dr. I have now.

  5. Mine is next week. I greatly appreciate this information. I am currently putting together an acting script to follow for the exam. Thanks!

  6. I missed my hearing C&P exam because of the snow and I called them but they said I cant reschedule. I hate the VA

  7. I'm so scared they will ask for people to verify my condition. Other than my doctors, I haven't had any people in my life or my home. My PTSD has me isolated in my home with 23 dogs and my homeschooled teen I took out of school for my peace of mind but not sure if I can use her as my witness. I've opened a claim every year for 4 years now and can't bring myself to finish it. I am 60 percent and was a paratrooper and have chronic lower extremity and back pain the last 4 years so I want to file. I have to figure it out I guess.

  8. I have a c&p rfe for my 100%. I have been rated for almost 6 years at 100% and 10 years for the condition. I have been getting treatment at the va but my condition has not improved. How easy is it for the va to reduce me. Thanks

  9. Comment mistakes not recording the C&P Exam , which support the VA only and are a bais ! and they don't look at all your medical records they lies are causing millions of Veterans hardship .

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