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For my supplemental heart claim, the VA's RVSR sent a request to LHI to specifically perform a cardiac/heart DBQ and offer an opinion whether SC migraine medication caused any heart condition. An LHI nurse practitioner called me last week to do a phone C&P and asked about atrial fibrillation, my heart attack last year, and the residual impact. They confirmed having received the medical opinion from my non-VA board certified neurologist regarding the heart attack being "more likely than not" caused by my SC migraine medication. Prior to submitting their medical opinion, they said they had to do more research.
This morning, my VSO looked in VBMS and found the LHI medical opinion focused solely on atrial fibrillation, completely failing to opine on the heart attack. Because my claim is still open, an IRIS request was placed asking the VA to send the medical opinion back to LHI due to being inadequate by failing to opine regarding the heart attack.
Fortunately, my claim was still open and the decision letter had not been sent. On va.gov, it still ironically says "We do not know your status", but it has been like that for weeks. I would not be surprised if the RVSR goes ahead and closed my claim based on the sloppy C&P performed by LHI just to get it out of their inbox. If they do that, then I would be forced to send yet another supplemental or HLR to address yet another case of the VA failing to consider evidence and ignoring laws, regulations, internal rules/policies, and it would put my claim back into the 125+ day hopper.
This one should be won via relative equipoise. The VA has a nurse practitioner's "less likely than not opinion" with no medical rationale addressing the merits vs. my board certified non-VA neurologist's "more likely than not" opinion with strong medical rationale. So far, there is no predominate medical evidence against SC, so I am hoping they would at least get this one right at some point.
After thinking about what has happened, I also put in a complaint to the WH VA Hotline. The VAMC C&P contractor I had last year screwed up their exam by failing to consider evidence. The LHI C&P examiner I had last week also screwed the recent exam by failing to consider evidence. It seems like a recurring pattern. If they are doing this to me repeatedly, then they are likely doing this to other veterans.
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Mike Some of the stuff that veterans go thru with the VA you read on hear are unreal. It's more about the process than doing what is right.
Vync quoted ''This one should be won via relative equipoise.'' (YES) with a BOARD CERTIFIED Doc they take his/her word over a N.P Any-day. you will win this . personally I hate th
For my supplemental heart claim, the VA's RVSR sent a request to LHI to specifically perform a cardiac/heart DBQ and offer an opinion whether SC migraine medication caused any heart condition. An LHI
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