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Galen Rogers

NOD Form Question

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Good Evening. I have a question about the NOD form. It asks what percentage I feel each item should be rated at? How is the best way to handle that? I have a copy of the rating DC table but it is somewhat confusing. I read on one VA lawyer's website that you should shoot for the sky and just put down 100% and then let the VA lower it. That way you don't short change yourself. What do you all think?

Secondly I figure I should get an additional IMO for my knees and lower back. Is a certified physical therapist acceptable for this or should I try and get an Ortho Surgeon for my knees and a Neurosurgeon for my back?

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1 . Good idea.  The army used to have a motto "AIM High".

 

2.  An IMO probably should be a doctor in the field.  A physical therapist, may be able to render such an opinion, but I think that is "long shot".  My advice is to spend the money on a real IMO.  Even if you hire your doctor, he really needs to know how to write a VA IMO.  He probably doesnt know that unless he has written them before.  

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