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Asbestosis Nexus Letter From Specialist


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I believe I posted this before,but can't find it. See if you all have any input on it. The following is the last sentence in my pulmonary specialist nexus letter and the best I could get from him. I guess I should feel lucky that he at least would do this for me since I had to wait for the letter for almost 4 months.

" Given 68mustang's employment history before and after Navy military service, his only known exposure to asbestos was from his military service; so it is possible that this exposure may have contributed to his current medical condition"

Does this falls within the 50/50 chance category that the VA uses or am I out of luck since this is most I can get out of the pulmonary specialist?

Thanks

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I recently got a nexus letter from a doc where he said 'possibly'. I asked around on here and was told that it does not meet the 50/50 minimum. I was advised to go back to the doc and ask for something which uses the 'at least as likely as not' or something stronger.

In the 90's, one of my VAMC C&P docs used 'possibly' and I was granted SC, but I had years of treatment records from in service and the VAMC to back it up. I guess it is ok if they use it, but not ok if anyone else uses it. Anyhow, lately they have become sticklers about using their terms their way.

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I recently got a nexus letter from a doc where he said 'possibly'. I asked around on here and was told that it does not meet the 50/50 minimum. I was advised to go back to the doc and ask for something which uses the 'at least as likely as not' or something stronger.

In the 90's, one of my VAMC C&P docs used 'possibly' and I was granted SC, but I had years of treatment records from in service and the VAMC to back it up. I guess it is ok if they use it, but not ok if anyone else uses it. Anyhow, lately they have become sticklers about using their terms their way.

Thanks Vync for your response.

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I had a C & P doc state "possibly" in a way that VA used to deny my claim in 1996.

I pounced on his statement and they reversed.There was more to it then that too but

If a real doctor says it- ooops I mean non VA doctor- they will pounce on that saying it is too speculative.

"as likely or not" or " more than likely" with a full medical rationale is what they need.

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