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Anyone Use David Anaise Md Jd


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Well I sent him and email on May 11th inquiring about help with a denied claim. I get a call from him on Memorial day, he leaves me a voice mail messaging stating he reaches out on Memorial day to help Veterans, he read my email and could help me with my Claim, that was denied, for PAD secondary to my SC DMII.

So the Dr. sends me forms and contacts to sign, he wants to get my C-File, he wants 20% of my back pay if we win, and if I fire him during the course of his investigation he is entitled to $350.00 an hour for the work he did.

Wow all I wanted was a Nexus letter, it is written on his website he charges $1500.00 for a Nexus letter. I don't mind a person making living but WOW!!

I do not think this is reaching out and helping. So I called him and left him a voice mail message, sent him several emails about all this money he wants, so far he has not gotten back to me

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Hugh

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In my case, the IME/IMO and DBQs with Dr. Bash mounted up in the money department because he not only is doing the letters, but an exam and DBQs, as many letters as needed regarding my student loan and an SSDI letter.

The old saying, you get what you pay for may apply here, but there doesn't seem to be any objective way of figuring that out. These people do not publish their "wins and losses" scorecard -- only a handful of wins on their Websites, and there is no objective third party to evaluate their services.

I went with the recommendations of vets who used Dr. Bash's services -- and the fact that he seems to have support from Hadit without necessarily having an advertizing relationship.

Depending on how my claims pan out, I may need a "second" second opinion, and the next guy on my radar is Dr. Anaise.

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I recently just got my IMO back from David Anaise. After reviewing everything regarding claims and processing, I'm almost certain that it will be a benefit to me. Ultimately, for the issue I contacted him about, he opined that it was "more likely than not" connected in the manner I suggested and also that it "is due to" my other primary conditions.

One issue that he picked up on is that he knew that the VA denied my two primary conditions, so he also stated that they were present while in service (which they obviously were).

I have attached the IMO so that other people may see what they should be getting. There were quite a few attachments to this and they have not been included. I also have a 2nd IMO that will be coming from dr. Bash.

David Anaise, IMO IME Nexus Letter redacted.pdf

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CBaker84:

Good luck...I've been looking for a Doc to possibly do an IME/IMO for me if I need it and I was impressed by the letter that you posted from Dr A...which was very nice for you to do. So, what were the total costs for you to use Dr. Anaise? Does he expect more $ beyond the letters that he provided for you and your case? I've recently submitted my first claim (90 days ago) and don't have any idea of how it is going to turn out? I have very good in-service evidence and lots of it but I'm starting to thnk that it's just the "luck of the draw" in terms of whom you gets to process your claim? I'm hoping that everything works fine when I get my claim back but I've seen a lot of vets with substantial evidence that end up fighting for years on their claims and appeals so I want to know what the options are...anyway thanks again for your post as it is very helpful...

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CBaker84:

Good luck...I've been looking for a Doc to possibly do an IME/IMO for me if I need it and I was impressed by the letter that you posted from Dr A...which was very nice for you to do. So, what were the total costs for you to use Dr. Anaise? Does he expect more $ beyond the letters that he provided for you and your case? I've recently submitted my first claim (90 days ago) and don't have any idea of how it is going to turn out? I have very good in-service evidence and lots of it but I'm starting to thnk that it's just the "luck of the draw" in terms of whom you gets to process your claim? I'm hoping that everything works fine when I get my claim back but I've seen a lot of vets with substantial evidence that end up fighting for years on their claims and appeals so I want to know what the options are...anyway thanks again for your post as it is very helpful...

Total costs for the IMO was quoted and paid at $1500.00; nothing else was asked for at all and it seems like they do this often on the side. This cost for IMO was also true for Dr. Bash. I had a few other quotes in the realm of $3k-5k dollars. Honestly, this it what I would expect from a medical expert. When I was working with attorneys, expert witnesses were almost $1500 a day, and about 2k-5k dollars to write a report for the case.

My reasoning in getting the IMO was that after having the VA look at the wrong records (cited as 13 years before my birth), denying all my claims except one, and not performing any of the required tests - I felt that my best option was to have an IMO. For a total cost of $3,000, I may or may not have been able provide all the required evidence to prove my claims; I think my claim is also simple (OSA). For others, where their claim is more difficult, more disabling, or far more intricate, I think an IMO could be a blessing. I was also very fortunate that this wasn't going to put me in a bind financially (Used GI bill $ from school to fund it).

My biggest suggestion: Put as much evidence as you can into it. Submit lay statements, submit medical journal's in support of your claim, try to find a Dr. to submit a nexus letter, go to the VA and get treatment etc. Do whatever, legally, to tip the scale in your favor.

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CBaker,

I am very curious to hear how the GI Bill helped you to pay for an IMO.

Can you elaborate on that for us?

I have GI Bill $$$ that I will never use and it would be wonderful if I could redirect it into something useful.

Thanks!

(Now that I think about it, I think what you probably did was use the BAH money they pay you while you are attending school)

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CBaker,

I am very curious to hear how the GI Bill helped you to pay for an IMO.

Can you elaborate on that for us?

I have GI Bill $$$ that I will never use and it would be wonderful if I could redirect it into something useful.

Thanks!

(Now that I think about it, I think what you probably did was use the BAH money they pay you while you are attending school)

Bingo! Go to school, even part time for a few months, get $$ for IMO =p. I was able to use my payment to cover both IMO that I paid for. Without the GI Bill, I'm not sure where I would have gotten 3k.

I would really love to add though, I can't see a situation where you shouldn't / wouldn't use your GI bill. So many little interesting programs out there if it's just going to sit idle you could put it to some use. The time to money ratio depending on where you live can be pretty good. For instance, going to school in Hawaii was worth 2100 a month. I only spent about 20 hours a week on school work.

For many people looking to get extra money for an IMO, medical care, or whatever - I think using your GI bill could be a benefit if you are able to live without it already.

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i'm interested in an IMO and my sleep apnea (OSA ) was denied again on appeal (I appealed it 3 yrs ago). Sadly to my own detriment, I never submitted additional evidence so I got hose. I have OSA diagnosed by the VA in 2010. I complained in service multiple times, its on my service exits physicals. I kept begging the VA for almost 3 yrs from when I got out until I had the sleep study. My pressure was default 10.0cm now it is 13.0. I gained a ton of weight before I got out of the serivce and after I returned from Iraq in 2005. I have SC PTSD, which i am medically retired from USMC. I have SC HTN, Tinnitus, Bilateral DIslocations of both shoulders and PTSD. I'm rated 90% but I'm getting 100% TDIU P&T. I was diagnosed last year as DMII. I havent filed an sort of claim for that. I was told in service I was prediabetic on my exit physical.

2 questions

Now that I am 100% P&T, should I appeal once again my OSA? I had said it was secondary to PTSD, due to my massive weight gain. granted Im no doctor but that is what my best guess was.

Should I file for DMII?

I feel both cases since they weren't diagnosed in service, that I will need Nexus letters, which you have mentioned are 1500/each. Would it be adviseable to move forward or just let them go and just take the meds from the VA for the diabetes and Use the CPAP?

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i'm interested in an IMO and my sleep apnea (OSA ) was denied again on appeal (I appealed it 3 yrs ago). Sadly to my own detriment, I never submitted additional evidence so I got hose. I have OSA diagnosed by the VA in 2010. I complained in service multiple times, its on my service exits physicals. I kept begging the VA for almost 3 yrs from when I got out until I had the sleep study. My pressure was default 10.0cm now it is 13.0. I gained a ton of weight before I got out of the serivce and after I returned from Iraq in 2005. I have SC PTSD, which i am medically retired from USMC. I have SC HTN, Tinnitus, Bilateral DIslocations of both shoulders and PTSD. I'm rated 90% but I'm getting 100% TDIU P&T. I was diagnosed last year as DMII. I havent filed an sort of claim for that. I was told in service I was prediabetic on my exit physical.

2 questions

Now that I am 100% P&T, should I appeal once again my OSA? I had said it was secondary to PTSD, due to my massive weight gain. granted Im no doctor but that is what my best guess was.

Should I file for DMII?

I feel both cases since they weren't diagnosed in service, that I will need Nexus letters, which you have mentioned are 1500/each. Would it be adviseable to move forward or just let them go and just take the meds from the VA for the diabetes and Use the CPAP?

If I was 100% then I wouldn't be worrying it about, but things can change you know? There is medical evidence that PTSD medication is linked to OSA. Having complaints in service help. You may have screwed yourself by not submitting evidence -- I could probably say I did that myself as well, but I never got any letters telling me to do anything. If you were not 100% at a given time, the backpay might cover the cost if you recover? For me, I'm fresh into this so it was a huge benefit to pursue my claim.

Ultimately though, nexus letters can be used to help your claim and win the appeal. You can submit evidence up and until they hear the case afaik.

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Hello all,

I looked at Dr. Anaise's site and read his bio. He was on the Golan Heights in the '73 Yom Kippur War in a tank when they basically saved Israel from being overrun by the Russian tanks operated by the Syrians. That got me looking at

books about that war and came up with The Heights of Courage. I don't think the good doctor is mentioned in it as I've never read a more personal account of an ongoing battle and would have remembered his name. Of course it was a

brigade so...................... Anyway, you get the point. This guy isn't someone that got his doctor's degree and then an attorney's and that was it. He is one of us and it doesn't make any difference which war he was in.

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Have any of you who have received an IMO from Dr. Bash, as we have, had your RO dismiss it simply because he did not personally examine the veteran? That happened to us.

I'm almost certain that would be error, unless it was something specific that they have to address in person. Nothing says this at all, I would be filing a NOD on that.

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I spoke with Doctor Anaise over the phone a little while back. Very professional, and pretty much tells it like it is. The $1,500.00 fee is for an IMO for all claimed conditions combined that he finds a nexus for. Not a "per" condition rate, but for the whole thing. Not too bad in the long run.

As I mentioned, he seemed very professional and courteous. I've thought of using him, but still researching the benefit of obtaining an IME instead, just for the fact that a doctor would actually examine me instead of an IMO records review. I've never done either before, outside of an IMO from my personal oncologist, so I want to make sure I spend my money in the right direction for my own personal case.

Well, that's my two bits worth. Happy Labor Day all.

Mark

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Re Dr Bash: i think he had issues like that in the past but not recently. You should get with Dr. Bash and your RSO with the specific denial wording. He does both IMEs and IMOs, and if he did an exam with you before writing his letter, they can't justify a denial based on no exam.

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Is there any time table on these imo/ime's? Or evidence in general? I've heard for example SSA prefers evidence to be 6 months or less while all evidence is useful updated evidence is stronger since it gives a current picture.

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I've been involved in a 4-year battle with the VA over base of the tongue cancer from Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam. Several months ago, I engaged the services of Dr. David Anaise in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Anaise is both a medical doctor and attorney. I've been very pleased with his efforts and find his fees consistent with a high level of experience and expertise. He wrote an outstanding Independent Medical Opinion (IMO) about the connection between Agent Orange exposure and my cancer. Dr. Anaise has quickly focused on the key elements of my claim. He is a pleasure to work with and knows his stuff.

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