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My SO requested a copy of the medical evidence that the VARO used in determing my claim, so we would know what they used and what a IMO Specialist would have to review and list as having reviewed the same medical records as the VARO Rater and C&P Examiner did.
Surprize, surprize, their was a lot of unrelated medical information supplied, that I can find in no way would it be necessary to the claimed problems I applied for compensation.
Also, they have, more than once added more than one copy of the same progress notes, labe results, etc. not to mention that part of the medical evidence is copied on both sides of one sheet of paper. I wouldn't mind this, except that this is where most of the duplicate information and reports are located. Now I am going to have to take the time and remove all this duplicate information and to make sure that everything is on just one side, so I can better show the continuity of treatment and make it less confusing for my IMO to understand and not have to figure out what goes with what and when things happened. Thankfully it is nothing more than a ream of paper thick, but I was able to go through everything, even the non essential stuff, in not to long of a time.
My only problem is that my printer is out of ink and I don't want to mess with this file to much, until I can have a copy of it made, which costs me money I don't have to spend at this time, I'll have to wait until my SSDI check arrives on the third Wednesday of the month coming up I believe on the 16th of this month, the date it arrives differs each month, which gripes me, since most of my bills are due on the 1st and 15th of the month.
I sure hope my IMO Specialist can help me out, my claim is not that I may or may not have had them during service, but rather that the injury and subsequant SC conditon caused either a mild form of the problems, to become worse or rather Chronic, or that they caused these associated problems to become worse that they would have normally been in the course of their disease process. All this has to be conveied tomorrow when my IMO appointment is.
I'm hoping to get all the claim information to the Specialist before they have had time to complete the IME and tests that I hope to get them to do, tests and exams that the VA C&P examiner hadn't done to prove conclusively their findings. i.e. Allergy test, indiscope of the nasal passages and sinusis, and possibly prividing a second confermation of other findings that support a chronic condition exists.
Anyway, I had hope the VA would play nice, but given the way these records are copied and presented, it's only fair to say, that nothing has changed, it appears that they still want to mess with you in any way they can and get away with it. Some of the records they added, deal with my psychiatric issues and others deal with other issues of the muscleskelatal system, including a sick call intry for ingrown toe nails, shin splints and urinary infection. Non of these have anything to do with a claim that involves a nasal fracture and deviated septom or related problems like sinusitis and rhinitis.
Can my SO in some way, complain to someone in my name, especially since psychiatric information is sinsitive in nature and totaly outside the relm of this particular claim and the other information is in no way necessary to the claim either?
Rockhound Rider B) :D
p.s. sorry for my bad spelling, seems my fingers and mind can't get together tonight.Edited by Rockhound (see edit history)
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