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My wife was denied Asthma and headaches in 2011. The appeal is currently at BVA and after I had her pull her file from her CVSO, I realized her vet rep was rather incompetent. (Her claim was a real mess and I knew she would lose if something didn't change fast).
My first step was meeting with John Dorle. We bought her paperwork and met at a caribou coffee in Elk River MN, 4 weeks ago.
He proceeded to go over all her paperwork and give us his opinion. He informed us that we would lose and are representation we currently had was inadequate to say the least. He also advised us if we hired him, we should hire Dr. Craig Bash as well.
I was very impressed with John. He seemed very knowledgeable and friendly. He came up with a plan that seemed to make sense rather quickly, so we took his advice and hired Dr. Bash.
We then met with Dr. Bash accompanied by John. He looked over my wife's file and felt confident that he could help us. We hired him that day and wrote a check. He also provided IMO's for new secondary conditions and said he would attend any conference we might have with BVA.
He then contacted us later in the week and asked us for more money because he felt that her case was stronger than he first anticipated. I thought it strange that he would renegotiate an already negotiated price but we agreed.
We paid a lot of money, and I am wondering if any of you have had a bad experience with Dr. Bash in a claim. (If you lose, does he just ride off in the sunset? Does he really live up to his name, ect ect)? I understand that no claim is a guarantee and the VA has a rather large bag of tricks to screw Veterans out of entitlements but I hope these guys will fight for us.
Send in a CUE and then a NOD shortly after that. I learned that from mrs. Berta. I forgot the regulation but it has to do with having ALL evidence to be considered before a decision can be made. I did it and my case was opened again additional c&p exams which I fully still don't understand why but it stayed with the same effective date. I'm new here and never made it past the RO office yet.
Sorry you guys are already past the BVA level, sorry I forgot to go back up to original post.
I'm not Sherlock Holms but "The Game is Afoot" and somethings not right. In your guestamit, what SC % and size of Retro are you looking at? These seem to be very unusual Legal representation contracts unless you previously agreed to Fee Increases as determined by your Attorney or Dr Bash.
If you choose, a little more contract info would be appreciated. Am I correct, your wife's appeal has been physically transfered to the BVA for the Official BVA Hearing, Docket # assigned? This is definitely what would be referred to as an 11th Hour action. Will be very interesting to see how this plays out.
I would use Dr BASH anytime, his fees are not questionable in my opinion, he works hard and fights for the veteran he deserves to be paid well
Well, we paid so I guess no use worrying about it. Just going to try and stay positive. (some days that's harder than others), but I at least know her claim stands a better chance and I that's all I we can do for now.
The va has become experts and sticking it to vets for half a century. unless you have an ace in the hole, its like a bantam weight fighting a heavyweight, you are out gunned. I personally consider myself somewhat knowledgeable on VA shenanigans,(because theyve tried so many on me),, but compared to what Dorle and Bash know, I know very little.
The only great thing I ever recieved in this life for free, is the love I have from my family and my salvation from the Lord.
back in the late 70s a popular bumper stick used to read.. ASS, GAS, OR GRASS, NOBODY RIDES FOR FREE.
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