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Opinons On Dr. Bash


rdawg

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I'm thinking of plopping down a couple of grand for an IMO from Dr. Bash. I've researched his name thru the BVA decisions and see he has been successful on some occasions but has also lost some. What I can't do is research the cases where Dr. Bash is used and S/C is granted or denied and does not go to the BVA. Maybe all of you could help. Can you give me some examples of your experiences with him. List the conditions, whether or not he had access to your SMR's/c-file or both and if S/C was granted.

Thanks...I look forward to some interesting reads

Rdawg

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Well, I have noticed that not a single person on this board has any opinion whatsoever about Dr. Bash.

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I am very happy to have obtained two IMos from Dr. Bash-

The first one (2004) service connects my husband's death-in detail and the second one had a VA quackola opinion from 2005 -that he demolished-

Neither opinion is redundant to or cummulative of the other.

He also incorporated an addition statement - from a former VA Neurologist- which I had obtained prior to calling Dr. Bash. A statement that was extremely probative and Dr, Bash understood it's significance.

In over 2 years of numerous submisisons by myself and my POA-of these IMOs, the opinions still have never been addressed by the VARO.

Even the Aug 2006, sent back from the BVA with my remand is gone---

as well as what my vet reps said they sent.

Wednesday- the VA via email told me they have never received these IMOs.

So whether you get a good IMO or not- you might have to move a mountain to get it read.

The NVLSP itself suggests IMOs and also the VA is supposed to suggest them to -within the VCAA Notice-in certain types of claims.

There are other IMos docs too- I have contacted Medopinions.com for something outside of Dr. Bash's expertise-if needed.

I got a discount on the fee as soon as they realised this 4 th IMO only depends on using a few med records.

Their fees at Medopinions is comparable to Dr. BAsh's fee and they have prepared many IMOs for VA like he has.

IMOs are a great expense.

Dr. Bash emailed me back that my claim sounded good on basis of a few email statements I sent him-

5-6 days after he got the med recs etc, he called here and I knew what he would say-

if you are confident that the IMO will support your claim-it is the best way these days to get a proper award.

Dont go by what has happened to my IMOs-

I am in a most unusual situation-which will be resolved-

A IMO doc cannot perform miracles but they do see things that we can't in med recs.

There certainly are claims that his IMOs could not support and he has these as well as successes at his web site and the BVA-

One BVA stated the VA doc said "that radiologist" in her opinion.

I laughed at that one- his credentials outweigh most of theirs-

Jangrin (under a search you will find it) posted a letter from the VBA to Dr. Bash- that letter speaks volumes for his ability.

My claim- proof that VA misdiagnosed Rod's diabetes since 1988 (from AO)and his undiagnosed and untreated diabetes contributed to his conditions at death.

Dr. Bash concurred.

He did not need the SMRs-(the AO exposure was already confirmed -nexus established) but all med recs, the autopsy, death certificate and the VA's own admissions that they caused Rod's death. (FTCA settlement and Section 1151 award letter.

I tabbed and highlighted the med recs-and VA central documents that were specific to the claim- he read everything but that helped-to highlight these records.

If a nexus to service remains unestablished-he needs the complete SMRs too.

I sent the med recs etc-to Dr. Bash- with a cover letter identifying specific evidence that was crucial to my claim.

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I have gotten an opinion from Dr. Bash a while back, i posted it. He is very good and he works with with. Now as to it helping my claim, i cant say b/c i just submitted it to support my claim. I will say he is a bit expensive, but for me he was cheap. If my claim gets approved, it will be worth money well spent. If the va rates my claim like they are suppose to, i should be raised form 40 to 50% definately, and a good chance at 60%. My goal is to get approved at 70%

If Dr. Bash IME really helps or dont I will post the succes or failure.

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Boy, this is a subject I love. You asked for an opinion and I will offer mine. I used Bash and (in my opinion) you would waste money by using him. His opinions are not worth the price, in my opinon. This board and one person in particular swear by him, saying his opinions are ignored by the VA. They are are still fighting the VA. What a bunch of one-sided bull.

My opinion is that he does not write a good opinion. SOME folks says he is a hired gun and that is what they, the claiment needs, but his opinions have to match fact. In my opinion he says what you want to hear, not what the VA needs to substanitate a nexus. My opinon is he is a waste of the Vets money and his main concern is his profit.; and to a certain person who "love her baby" send him all my e-mails. You should feel ashamed for promoting a man who charges this price and will not help a Veteran without up front money.

People have been swearing by him but have been in dispute for years counting on his opinion and there are very few success stories where he helped a claiment ask for reconsideration or a NOD. His success is VA appleate where other medical evidence is subbmited and not his opinion alone.

You asked for an opinion and I gave one. It will disagree with most opinions on THIS board but I have paid the $2000 for him and feel it a COMPLETE WASTE of money. This is from personal experience and not hearsay. Your choice.

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callover007,

Your story interests me. I appreciate your honest opinion. You are a little snippy about others on this board but not too bad.

From my original post question

List the conditions, whether or not he had access to your SMR's/c-file or both and if S/C was granted.

Could you give details associated with your claim. Of course leave out real names to protect the innocent.

Thanks,

rdawg

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cant wait to get a lawyer=

I believe that Dr. Bash has basis for a lawsuit too----and a lawyer can advise me on that-

long story there-nothing to do with VA-

My IM0s- rdawg-

have never been rejected or ignored by the VA-they have never been considered at all-

Wednesday =the VA confirmed that they have never been received -in over 2 years-

this is by far different than what I thought-

My POA has to answer on this too---they claim the IMos were personally presented to the DRO by them in 2005 and sent again in Sept 2006.

these IMos were also presented not only by me (with tracking slips, but also with the remand in September, and also sent via my vet reps-by fax to the VARO-

Certainly this is a very bizarre new situation-as of this Wednesday-

because it indicates that-

these IMos are getting to VA but not to the c file-at all-

I am sending my 3 IMos to Deputy Secretary VA-Gorgon H. Mansfield-

Monday- with 5 bucks enclosed and asking him to send the IMos to the VARO himself,via Priority mail.

I do not want anyone here to feel that my IMOS from Dr.Bash have been unsuccessful.

They support my claim completely.

Someone -with access to my c file-does not want my AO claim to succeed.

(I am sending the inquery response to RC Monday too- as it supports my FTCA claim for damages.)

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After hurricane andrew destroyed my home in Fl. Imoved back to the DC area where I grew up. I didn't have a job so I printed 1000 copies of my resume and mailed it to every employer in the area that could possibly hire me. I got a ton of response from that. I think after 2 years of not ackknowledging reciept, I would send it to the VA every day until it made it to my c-file. Especially considering how vital you think the IMO's are to a positive adjudication.

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It is VA case law itself (38 CFR Adjudicatiok Book C- 4.3 and 4.6)

that states how vital proper acknowledgement and consideration of IMOs and ANY other competent medical evidence is to a proper resolve of a claim.

VA has ignored all pther med evidence I have sent -to include the IMos.

I have just emailed a complaint to the VBA -asking Deputy Secretary Mansfield to send my IMOs to the VARO.

I will mail them to him, with 5 bucks for postage- after I get a response.

I went through this during my last claims-at some point it was taking them so much time to deal with my complaints that they read the evidence and made awards.

What concerns me the most is not the VA- I am used to fighting them-

But I have a POA paid by the State (taxpayers)

that needs to give me some answers.

I have support from the VA itself that they )my POA) did not do what they said they would, in my behalf, via their mail and email, nor have I received benefit of their mission statement-yet-

You can well imagine that -if I have to get a lawyer in June-

that lawyer will have many nuances to consider to build their 20% fee in addition to my claim.

I just LOVE litigation.

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A couple of things about Dr Bash that I know from other Vets. He will review your claim and offer his opinion if he can help or not. He no longer posts on thsi Board but I talk to him several times a week paid Dr Bash for an opinion and went from No Service Connection to 90%. I have read a couple of Dr Bash's opinions and he is very thorough. I think that anyone who has a stonewalled claim by the VA going nowhere should consider an outside Medical Opinion. Dr Bash is expensive but he is successful.

I would rather have an opinion from Dr Bash than hire a Lawyer.

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That is an interesting question. Veterans may have to choose whether ot not they want an attorney to represent them or if they want a medical opinion to connect the dots for their medical records and treatment and SC. It could very well be a financial decision. Yes, there are other doctors out there that will give you a medical opinion, but not an opinion that the VA will give weight to, because of the VA requirements. Most doctors are not aware of what is necessary for the veteran.

Dr. Bash has the experience in dealing with the VA, and knows what you need to succeed in your claim. It is difficult to find doctors to perform IMO's that will met the requirements of the VA. Keeping that in mind, yes Dr. Bash is expensive. If you get 70% TDIU it's about 1/2 of one months comp. payment.

I'm not sure in the big scheme of things that $2000. is so much for what is accomplished.

The big thing is Dr. Bash asks, what do you want his work to aid you in accomplishing. If he thinks it will succeed in doing what you want it to do he will tell you, if not he will tell you, or explain that the records do not support what you are trying to get in compensation.

I have met personally with Dr. Bash, and I can tell you that he is a very hard working man with his own challenges in life. But he is an honest man. He does not do IMO reveiw of records and report writing on credit. The problem is he would be swamped with cases. I believe he is limited on the number of cases he can do at any one time.

As you are selective in deciding whether to hire Dr. Bash for your case, he too is selective in taking your request for IMO.

Sometimes people are unrealistic in their expectations. With medical records there is more to the big picture. Lots of doctors, lots of medicines, lots of reactions. An opinion carries weight because of a persons expertise and education and reputation. Dr. Bash certainly has extensive qualifications in this area. Normally when 2 opinions are given in an area that he specializes in Dr. Bash's opinion will persuade the process towards his "conclusion. However, not always because everyone has multiple issues involve besides one mans opinion.

The veteran has to decide how he will work his claim and what he will do to support it. Yes it is a difficult decision to spend that kind of money, no one here is telling you to do that. We will tell you to find a doctor to provide an IMO if we feel you compensation case needs it. Does it have to be Dr. Bash, absolutely not. Does it have to support your claim? Absolutely yes. Ultimately, it's your decision who you use or even if you use an IMO.

Good luck on your claim for compensation. There are always plenty of people to give an opinion and share their experiences. You be the judge of what you need for your battle plan

Hope this helps,

Jangrin :)

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A couple of things about Dr Bash that I know from other Vets. He will review your claim and offer his opinion if he can help or not. He no longer posts on thsi Board but I talk to him several times a week paid Dr Bash for an opinion and went from No Service Connection to 90%. I have read a couple of Dr Bash's opinions and he is very thorough. I think that anyone who has a stonewalled claim by the VA going nowhere should consider an outside Medical Opinion. Dr Bash is expensive but he is successful.

I would rather have an opinion from Dr Bash than hire a Lawyer.

The only problem that I have with Dr. Bash, and I have emailed him and he did return my email. I don't think that he does IMO's for disability of anxiety and depression.

I contacted his partner, but he is so busy with his private practice in Washington, although, he did answer my email, but stated he was swamped.

Pete,

Isn't your claim for anxiety and depression also?

Did Dr. Bash do an IMO for you?

If he did, perhaps, he could assist me also.

I would be more than willing to spend that kind of money, as I spend it for antique dolls, and I would benefit more from his expertise, than appease myself with another doll.

If I receive a negative from the AMC, I believe that I still have 3 months to turn in new evidence.

Please do let me know.

Thanks,

Josephine

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Well stated Jangrin-

Dr. Bash does not handle psychiatric claims IMos-but

There are plenty of docs who do-

http://www.medopinions.com will respond to questions sent via their site-

after contacting them at the site with brief info- they called me within a few hours and discussed the type of IMO I want-from an oral pathologist-

if I need another IMO-

Then -I feel their rates are comparable to Dr. Bash's-

when they heard the basis for the opinion and what evidence I already had (they only need a few records from the med recs and a few other things-)

they reduced the fee and said they could render this opinion within 5 days or a week upon receipt of the med evidence and the check.

Medopinions has a long list of specialists and also is aware of what the VA needs as they too have prepared IMos on VA claims.

There are other sites on the web for IMOs-

even other doctors used for IMOs in successful BVA claims can often be found on the net-by googling their name.

One of my local vet's docs got furious when we asked him for another IMO-

he did not understand-

if the IMO does not conform to what the VA wants -they will reject it.

He prepared another IMO and the vet won the claim.

In my third IMO Dr. BAsh rebutted the fact that not only was the VA's med opinion "medically inaccurate" and expanded on this-

he also brought up the fact that the opinion did not conform to what the VA wants -

no rationale, no curriculum vitae regarding expertise and VA's use of an outdated medical reference, also he used all medical evidence available on the vet and the opining VA doc used only a few records.

and reminded the VA that he is fully versed in VA regs and case law criteria on disability claims.

Pete said:

"I would rather have an opinion from Dr Bash than hire a Lawyer"

me too but I might have to get a lawyer to get the VA to read his stuff.

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Well stated Jangrin-

Dr. Bash does not handle psychiatric claims IMos-but

There are plenty of docs who do-

http://www.medopinions.com will respond to questions sent via their site-

after contacting them at the site with brief info- they called me within a few hours and discussed the type of IMO I want-from an oral pathologist-

if I need another IMO-

Then -I feel their rates are comparable to Dr. Bash's-

when they heard the basis for the opinion and what evidence I already had (they only need a few records from the med recs and a few other things-)

they reduced the fee and said they could render this opinion within 5 days or a week upon receipt of the med evidence and the check.

Medopinions has a long list of specialists and also is aware of what the VA needs as they too have prepared IMos on VA claims.

There are other sites on the web for IMOs-

even other doctors used for IMOs in successful BVA claims can often be found on the net-by googling their name.

One of my local vet's docs got furious when we asked him for another IMO-

he did not understand-

if the IMO does not conform to what the VA wants -they will reject it.

He prepared another IMO and the vet won the claim.

In my third IMO Dr. BAsh rebutted the fact that not only was the VA's med opinion "medically inaccurate" and expanded on this-

he also brought up the fact that the opinion did not conform to what the VA wants -

no rationale, no curriculum vitae regarding expertise and VA's use of an outdated medical reference, also he used all medical evidence available on the vet and the opining VA doc used only a few records.

and reminded the VA that he is fully versed in VA regs and case law criteria on disability claims.

Pete said:

"I would rather have an opinion from Dr Bash than hire a Lawyer"

me too but I might have to get a lawyer to get the VA to read his stuff.

Berta,

I checked this link and I do not see a psychiatrist listed, but I emailed them.

Dr. Bash does not handle psychiatric claims IMos-but

"There are plenty of docs who do-"

I haven't had any luck finding one. Do you know of one?

Josephine

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Hm -the guy I talked to there told me they handle PTSD claims and other types of psychiatric IMos too-

maybe I misunderstood him-

Here are quite a few :

Not in any specific order-mixed in with other specialties-

http://www.jurispro.com/search/profile/subcategory/3599

Although these are IMO docs for civil/criminal proceedings- so is MedOpin's list-- but still many of them provide IMOs for Individuals.

PSybar might help too----

http://www.psybar.com/critique_services.htm

It would not hurt to even call any psychiatrist in your phone book-to see if they could prepare an IMO.

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Hm -the guy I talked to there told me they handle PTSD claims and other types of psychiatric IMos too-

maybe I misunderstood him-

Here are quite a few :

Not in any specific order-mixed in with other specialties-

http://www.jurispro.com/search/profile/subcategory/3599

Although these are IMO docs for civil/criminal proceedings- so is MedOpin's list-- but still many of them provide IMOs for Individuals.

PSybar might help too----

http://www.psybar.com/critique_services.htm

It would not hurt to even call any psychiatrist in your phone book-to see if they could prepare an IMO.

Berta,

I will check out these sites. I have tried the phone book deal and there is no psychaitrist that will take a claim of 42 years and try to connect it to service.

I believe that when Lawyers come into play, then they will be able to get IMO's for older claims, but I have had no luck.

thanks.

Josephine

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Josephine:

My IMO was done for $300 by a shrink in Dallas in 1993. I cannot even go close to saying what a difficult time I had finding a MD who would venture an opinion on a Medical problem that was over 20 years old.

Dr Lee McNabb in Dallas is my hero. He reviewed all my records and talked to me for about 2 hours and than wrote a 5 page medical opinion that absolutely destroyed the VARO clerical misdiagnosis of my medical condition. Some clerk at the VA decided I had a Personality Disorder instead of Panic Disorder with Depression.

I will still say that it is my opinion that unless you have it spelled out specifically in your Medical Records the best investment you can make in your claim is a Medical Opinion done by an MD.

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Josephine:

My IMO was done for $300 by a shrink in Dallas in 1993. I cannot even go close to saying what a difficult time I had finding a MD who would venture an opinion on a Medical problem that was over 20 years old.

Dr Lee McNabb in Dallas is my hero. He reviewed all my records and talked to me for about 2 hours and than wrote a 5 page medical opinion that absolutely destroyed the VARO clerical misdiagnosis of my medical condition. Some clerk at the VA decided I had a Personality Disorder instead of Panic Disorder with Depression.

I will still say that it is my opinion that unless you have it spelled out specifically in your Medical Records the best investment you can make in your claim is a Medical Opinion done by an MD.

Pete,

Thanks so much,

You can understand why I must use my Board Certified Internist for the last 29 years, as my records go back 42 years.

I think that being my doctor for 29 years, will have to stand for something. He isn't a dumb bunny!

I may be, with the Va mess and all, but he is quite to the point on this personality thing.

Have a good one!

Josephine

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