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Papa

Nod For Parkinson's Disease

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I do not have official word from the VA, but only from the DAV that my PD was rated at the min. of 30%. My C&P exam at QTC was a joke. They brought a young GP that lived over 200 miles away. He had no ideal on how to perform the examination, so he had some young Lady tell him how to conduct the test. She was an office worker, my wife ask her if she was a Doctor. The GP apparently had zero experience in Neurological disorders. On a lot of the test, hew said I was unable to perform, but it is not documented on the report. Would this be worth initiated an NOD? That is once I get the official notice.

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If you believe that the potentially assigned evaluation is too low, you should send in your Notice of Disagreement (NOD) after you receive the formal Rating Decision. As part of the disagreement, state that you had an inadequate exam. Also, it helps to specifically state what your limitations from Parkinson's are.

Note: while it's always nice to have a specialist do a C&P examination, it isn't always mandatory - if the examiner follows the exam sheets, which does not appear to be the case here.

I do not have official word from the VA, but only from the DAV that my PD was rated at the min. of 30%. My C&P exam at QTC was a joke. They brought a young GP that lived over 200 miles away. He had no ideal on how to perform the examination, so he had some young Lady tell him how to conduct the test. She was an office worker, my wife ask her if she was a Doctor. The GP apparently had zero experience in Neurological disorders. On a lot of the test, hew said I was unable to perform, but it is not documented on the report. Would this be worth initiated an NOD? That is once I get the official notice.

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If this doctor did not have this office worker instructing him, he would be incapable of performing the exam.

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If you believe that the potentially assigned evaluation is too low, you should send in your Notice of Disagreement (NOD) after you receive the formal Rating Decision. As part of the disagreement, state that you had an inadequate exam. Also, it helps to specifically state what your limitations from Parkinson's are.

Note: while it's always nice to have a specialist do a C&P examination, it isn't always mandatory - if the examiner follows the exam sheets, which does not appear to be the case here.

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Papa, this is where a IMO would tear that Dr apart, especially if he wasn't a Mental Health Dr. The way it sound's he's not, unless this was his first C&P exam for mental health disabilities. Also the fact he had to ask the secretary how to perform the test. If you can prove your PD allows for a higher rating then I would go for it in a heartbeat!

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When I used PD, I should have identified it as Parkinson's Disease.

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Papa, this is where a IMO would tear that Dr apart, especially if he wasn't a Mental Health Dr. The way it sound's he's not, unless this was his first C&P exam for mental health disabilities. Also the fact he had to ask the secretary how to perform the test. If you can prove your PD allows for a higher rating then I would go for it in a heartbeat!

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OK then ... why did you continue with the examination if you perceived the examiner to be so incompetent?

If this doctor did not have this office worker instructing him, he would be incapable of performing the exam.

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