Oct 16, 2009 - 5:43 pm
I was diagnosed with base of tongue cancer in January and completed radiation, chemotherapy, and brachytherapy in May. In July I requested my compensation be raised due to a lot of exposure to Agent Orange in 67/68. Of course the VA denied (October) based on "not on the presumed cancer" list. Today I spoke with my attorney handling my case in the Appeals Court. He told me we had a "slam dunk" based on my medical records. OK...he is a Personal Injury lawyer in Philadelphia....but he is taking my case on a 20% contingency so he is doing the work and I am paying nothing. He claims to have won these cases before with his expert witness. I'm not getting my hopes raised but I'm not throwing in the towel with the VA. Today I mentioned this site to him. He did not mind me using his name. I don't know the rules and I am not soliciting for him, just trying to help fellow vets in the same situation. I will be glad to respond to email or on this site if you are interested. Again, I am not soliciting for this attorney and did not know of him or his law firm until I was referred to him. It has been my experience with the VA that they will, almost automatically deny a claim, when the cancer is not on the presumed list. Remember, I am only speaking of my own personal experience.