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Papa

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This might be a little to do about nothing, but being parnoid, it really concerns me. I live in San Antonio, Texas with over 1 million people, numerous hospitals and Doctors, etc. So, why would QTC bring in a GP from a place called Lamesa, Texas? It is between Midland and Lubbock Texas with an office located on a County Road. When I checked out the ratings for this Doctor, his ratings were not that good. On one web-site, same Doctor, had him going to Medical School in Utah, another one had him going in Dallas. This C&P is for my Parkinson's claim. A Neurologist has already Dx with Parkinsons. I just want a fair and honest examination.

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Take a copy of the Neurologist's exam with you, and ask the examiner to read it.

If the examiner is not as qualified as the Neurologist, he knows it, and is unlikely to disagree.

Conversely, if the examiner is bound and determined to write results that will cause denial, it may be better to save the Neurologist's opinion for an appeal.

Remember that the VA likes to have "both ways" in their favor, not the veterans.

My experience was with a VA examiner. The examiner (an RN), wanted to write a denial, yet was faced with both an SSA SSDI determination and a board certified

specialist's opinion. Both stated that the conditions existed, and to what level. (SSA, total disability, no further exams) (specialist, described condition,level, and with medical test results & evidence.)

Even with this, the VA examiner tried to avoid the issues, but acknowledged that since the conditions were presumptive, and there was no evidence to the contrary, any opinion rendered was mute.

Perhaps the most favorable of the VA C&P statements was that no further exams were needed. Further the VA examiner acknowledged that the VA C&P's given were inadequate.

Actually there was one other favorable statement - - having to do with how the VA rates a specific condition. The examiner placed the condition in the level most favorable to the veteran, based upon medical records.

The whole C&P was interesting, because it occurred only after I filed an NOD, the VA did a "rubber stamp" DRO denial review, and I complained that the denial was baseless, in that there was no C&P prior to the denial.

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