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not a Q but a STATEMENT about the power of an IMO/IME


im currently writing my award time frame and my success story for this Great Veterans Blog Information site.

but, in the mean time i want to stress and admit that all the others here stressed to me ,,,, if you get any type of small retro and believe your going further in your VA quest for benefits you deserve. please please,,, do your self a favor and save $2,500 and get an IMO/IME... it is the world of difference... if i can say that 1 of the 5 most important things ive learned here on this site is,,, the importance of realizing that a C and P exam will never get you there no matter your evidence. please take this advice and save up to get your imo/ime and then get your win from the VA.

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Well put Paul- I find that when I advise widows here  to do that, they often do not heed the advice. I know it can be a major expense, but I did it myself for my AO DMII death claim and woul

An IMO won an impossible case for me.  I contended that the heat stroke I suffered caused my neuropathy, this was denied in toto by the VA even though a letter by the Secretary of the VA noted that a

On my first claim for SC I sat down and started calling every specialist in the phone book. I found one who would give me an IMO for 250. I provided info about how the IMO must be worded and he did a

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Well put Paul-

I find that when I advise widows here  to do that, they often do not heed the advice.

I know it can be a major expense, but I did it myself for my AO DMII death claim and would have never succeeded without IMOs.

A request for an IMO/IME should include the C & P exam that denied the claim, so that a real doctor can knock it down.I recently requested a copy of a ridiculous C & P exam that had no basis in fact, yet the VA had an IMO from VACO,done for my FTCA ase, that was completely ignored. I won that claim by filing CUE the day after I got the denial and they awarded within a month. The point is ( I am still ticked by this) how ridiculous their so-called "medical review"  was.I want to complain to the Secretary about it and every past ridiculus posthumous C & P exam they did after my husband died.I think many widows do not know how to even combat this crap-and it will take a posthumous review by an IMO/IME doctor.

Same for vets as well......as you said.....

I think vets should get tgether and file a Class Action when they have proof of a lousy C & P that denied that claim, and then proof of a IMO/IME that awarded the claim. 


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The biggest difference between a VA c and p exam and a IMO/IME, is WHO pays the doctor.  

When VA pays the doctor, then the VA gets to tell the doc, "How to do its job".   However, when YOU pay the doc, you have a say on telling the doctor what to do.  

Tell the doctor:

"I need this (medical opinion) in a format that VA understands.  This means you have to render an opinion on whether or not (my in service event, lets say gun shot wound), is "at least as likely as not" the cause of my diabetes, and then opine why.  For example, since this GSW penetrated my pancreas, it rendered my production of insulin to be sporadic or not work at all.  The doctor needs to explain his reason or reasons he makes such an opinion AND you want him to document SYMPTOMS as well".  

     Example IMO:  

      The Veteran suffered a GSW during military service, which apparently penetrated the pancreas.  The tests show the pancreas has scarring due to the GSW and surgical repairs.   Based on the medical tests (MRI, cat scan, etc), it is my professional opinion that the gunshot wound in service "at least as likely as not" resulted in the Veterans diabetes.  The evidence of the  gsw is overwhelming as the Veteran is, otherwise, at low risk of diabetes.  The Veteran suffers from the symptoms of diabetes:  he has high blood pressure, blurred vision, diabetic nueropathy, and must take insulin at least once per day.   He must also have a very restricted diabetic diet.  He tires easily, his poor vision renders him unable to drive.  Due to the constant blood pressure monitoring, spikes in blood sugar, he is unable to maintain substantial gainful employement due to the side effects of his in service gunshot wound.  I have reviewed the Veterans records and he has been unable to work since Oct. 2002, when he received this gunshot wound.  


       Signed...Ima V. Adocate, MD.  

A good IMO should have:

1.  The doctors qualifications for making his opinion. (board certified, etc).

2.  That he reviewed the Veterans records.  

3.  Nexus with medical rationale, to include diagnosis (sometimes the doc may put that the Veteran was diagnosed by another doctor, and that is ok)

4.  Symptoms caused. 

5.  Dates the record showed the Veteran was disabled.  


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I don't mind finding a reasonable IMO but even a vocational experts opinion works well too that's all I had done for my claims only spending a few hundred dollars as opposed to spending almost 10k on a medical report just because it has to deal with a sTBI.....

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An IMO won an impossible case for me.  I contended that the heat stroke I suffered caused my neuropathy, this was denied in toto by the VA even though a letter by the Secretary of the VA noted that a heat stroke could cause neurological complications.  The doctor who wrote my IMO said all of the right things, including that contemporary medical literature supported this contention.  And it only cost me $1500 from a local doctor.

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