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On a Docs opinion ( Almost all of mine are from the VA but the Docs seem to be unaware of what I am asking about) is "As Likely As not" better than "More likely than Not".

I used to have them all say "more likely" then I read on here that "As likely" is better."

Reason I'm asking is because I had my Primary write me up another Opinion & had her put "As likely as not"

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I'm sure not Berta but I feel, MORE LIKELY THAN NOT is better in any Medical Opinion

than As Likely As Not -- both of theses statements need to be supported with the examiner's

rationale for their opinion (conclusion).



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I was of that opinion also but read here that More likely was 50% or better & as Likely was 100


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Gary Carlie is Correct-

My Imos say "More than Likely" and the most recent one states that the veteran had undiagnosed diabetes that lent to his death--- as a fact-

2 very strong IMos-

which they VA after 4 years-just acknowledged yesterday!

I am talking to some more IMO docs and will ask them for "more than likely" or Most likely-as the evidence is strong-

More than likely - over 50%

as least as likely as not 50%

Either one could get an award- but "more than likely" is the best statement they can make- make sure they follow the IMO criteria carefully that I posted here at hadit.

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Guess I remembered that one wrong & I already have the as likely one from my Primary yeaterday.

I have always used more likely than not but guess I remembered that one wrong..HA

Will just get back in touch with her & have her change it.

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If your C&P examinations/IMO statements say," on a more probable than not bases", and the VARO alters the Dr's statement to say, "on more and not bases" throughout the SOC denial, will the BVA correct this or agree with the denial?

I have five favorable Dr's statements and everyone has been altered by the rater for every issue i've claimed. The word "probable" has been removed from everyone.

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These details should be clearly challenged in my opinion when you prepare the I-9.

An IMO doc should use the IMO format here and the VA docs- they know exactly what wording to use but they manipulate and parse it- the actual C & P exam can be used to clarify amd rebutt stuff like this.

This is why I think every single sentence that is wrong or not quite specific compared to the actual C & P exam report-in an SOC -should be rebutted.

Allan I just got another remand from the BVA a formal remand and I was surprised at how they DID pay heed to many points involving my claim-

I am glad I took the time to detail the evidence- the RO hasnt read it but now they have to.

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