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I just had 6 of 9 outstanding claims from Dec 2019 settled, so that rings true
It’s random. I got a favourable decision on mechanical lower back pain in 2 months. Typical wait time for that one in particular is notoriously around the 2 year mark. My hearing loss was like a year and a half.Just thought I'd throw this in here.
Learned about possible compensation for tinnitus from this thread. Put in a claim late last year and its been resolved in my favour two weeks ago. Considering that the biggest delay was getting my doctor to sign off on the paperwork, VACs handling of the case was blazingly fast.
Quite pleased with VAC.
* - 1/2 more than 39 weeks, 1/2 less than 39 weeks... 2.9 Overall, we found that despite Veterans Affairs Canada’s initiatives to speed up the processing of applications for disability benefits, veterans were still waiting a long time to receive compensation for injuries sustained in their service to Canada. Veterans applying for disability benefits for the first time waited a median* of 39 weeks for a decision, which is a long way from the department’s service standard of 16 weeks in 80% of cases.
2.10 The department’s data on how it processes benefits applications—and the organization of this data—was poor. As a result, the department did not know if its initiatives sped up application processing or even if any of its initiatives slowed down processing. We also found that the department did not always calculate wait times consistently, which meant that veterans waited longer than the department reported publicly.
2.11 The department lacked a long‑term staffing plan to help address the long wait times. The department hired term employees to help process the backlog of applications. However, some of them left the department before the end of their term to take jobs that offered more security. The department needs a stable workforce to process disability benefits. The department also needs an improved data management system to help ensure that veterans do not wait months or even years to receive benefits to support their physical and mental health ....
- Veterans Affairs Canada should address weaknesses in the quality and organization of its data. This would allow the department to better monitor the Disability Benefits program and use the data to inform decision making about efficiency improvements.
- Veterans Affairs Canada should work with central government agencies to establish a sustainable long‑term resourcing plan for processing disability benefit applications in a timely manner. This plan should consider the number of applications the department expects to receive and the efficiency it expects to gain from its process improvement initiatives.
One new thing I noticed in My VAC Account as of today 14 June 2022 is a newly revamp look for Step 3 Decision Making step. They added in a new look sub-sections of Step 3 showing where exactly and what your application is doing during Step 3. See figure below.I got a claim from January 2020 still in process. If they tell you they sent it to the Advisory section, apparently there is no time limit how long it can stay there.
It’s random. I got a favourable decision on mechanical lower back pain in 2 months. Typical wait time for that one in particular is notoriously around the 2 year mark. My hearing loss was like a year and a half.
it’s hard to say because it’s unilateral, which is presumably why it took so long. But BPA assured me that it’s immaterial (turns out they were right). All you have to prove is that you joined with one level of hearing (recruiting medical) and you don’t have that anymore (I think the threshold is 25 dB for an award but I could be mixing that with something else) and you were exposed to loud noises (easy for aircrew).Was your hearing loss flying related?