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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Hello all, Just joined the board. Stumbled on here after getting fed up with VA and their nonsense.

Since I started reading, I've made a leap of faith and reached out to a few of the respected doctors for some assistance with putting our stuff together. So far, Dr. Bash has been the most responsive. After speaking with me and my wife, he thinks he can move us both from 20% to 100%... It's not cheap - quoted $18k!!  But if he can deliver and maybe even get us some retro, it may be worth it.

 

Figured I'd chronicle the adventure here for the benefit of others.

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1 hour ago, Merc said:

Hello all, Just joined the board. Stumbled on here after getting fed up with VA and their nonsense.

Since I started reading, I've made a leap of faith and reached out to a few of the respected doctors for some assistance with putting our stuff together. So far, Dr. Bash has been the most responsive. After speaking with me and my wife, he thinks he can move us both from 20% to 100%... It's not cheap - quoted $18k!!  But if he can deliver and maybe even get us some retro, it may be worth it.

 

Figured I'd chronicle the adventure here for the benefit of others.

It is totally your choice to go that route.  

For me and mine I have spent about $1000 for IMO.  That was for two disability.  My Fibromyalgia was done by a VA doctor (FREE).  Dercum's 60% disease same doctor (FREE).  IBS cost me about $500 because I was not on VA health care.  PTSD I got to 30% without any IMO but have paid $500 for an IMO waiting for results.  Scars 30% (FREE).  Left knee (FREE).  Tinnitus 10% (FREE).  I have headaches, Sleep apnea, PTSD, and Dercum's disease on appeal.  So If it all works out I will be at 100% by the end of the year!  

The fight has taken me 5+ years now as I did make a lot of mistakes before filing.  I did not find this site until I was deep into my appeal.  I would have made a lot of different decisions now and make sure all of my evidence is in correctly.  

If he can get it all in there for you without the wait then I would say it is worth it.  

I would ask for help on here if needed as there is a vast resource of knowledge here.  

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No doctor can promise you that and there is nothing that Bash can do that your own doctor can't do for free- with Bash you will pay quite a lot for an imo up front with no guarantee of a positive outcome. That's not counting any lawyer fees if you are in that, too. The is no magic formula or process for VA benefits. If Bash was on TV at late night on a commercial offering to try your injury case and win, would you feel any more at ease about your chances and what you would spend? You won't find a negative opinion on here about him because he's a forum member and there are rules about negativity towards other forum members here. Take that for what you will. 

 

I went through my claims process, from 40% initially in 2002 incrementally to 100% in 2015 with help from a VSO once, and only 1 appeal for a particular contention. You don't need a medical degree, legal degree, or even college degree to file your own claims or research your condition a little bit to see if your sound have grounding for an increase. The VA claims reading table is available via Google. You can read prior CVAC cases online via Google as well. And all for free. 

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Both Brokensoldier AND Shrek are right. This a forum and the folks  respond to questions are doing so based on their experiences and from their bumps and bruises they have gotten along the way. Both are great contributors to this place where veterans can get some really great advise. I agree with Brokensoldier flat out on one thing: I seriously doubt Dr. Bash actually said he would get you to 100%. I wouldn't use any doctor that said that because they have no control on what the VA finally decides. Maybe you are misquoting what he said, and hes really said he "thinks" you will get there? Anyway, the choice of using a doctor for professional help, an IMO or IME is strictly up to personal opinion. Use this site to get valuable information based on people that have gone thru what you have to do. Certainly some disabilities are more clear cut and you shouldn't have much difficulty using our advise and getting them approved. Maybe some other disabilities, based on your personal situation, are going to be a lot harder to win. Some veterans just want assistance in doing this. I usually ask a veteran this question: would you rather have 70% of a pot of money, or, 100% of a pot with no money in it. If you win with a lawyer, you pay him maybe 20% plus expenses ,and you then get 100% yourself going forward. If you lose, you get nothing unless you appeal. Part of this important decision is based on the probably that the veteran will just give up after denial and not attempt to appeal. They just get frustrated and give up. If that is you, get help. Understand that if you have a complicated case, you will more than likely have to appeal something on it. That is when you get the lawyers involved. An IMO you can submit on you initial submital if you want. My whole point is do what you want to do; it's your claim. 

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I suggest you look at all your options before you spend $18K, if it is a money back guarantee then it's worth it (I know it's not). 

My rule of thought is when you spend any amount of money whether for VA help or on slot machines in Las Vegas that you can afford to lose that money. Never expect to win, you can certainly hope you will win though. Every time I buy as lotto ticket I think of it as entertainment and not a financial investment.

I know it is hard to make these decisions, just don't rush into it is all. Good luck with your claims.

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Yes. Look at all your options, and good luck with your claim. Would you rather have your imo written by a doctor you know (and if your records say the same thing and call that out in your claim you just make it easier for the raters) or a doctor you don't, that has never seen you? If VA can use a doctor review to overturn or deny that has never seen you on a valid claim and that's unfair, what makes using a doctor that has never seen you writing a positive (for money) any more valid?

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