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Well, no.  However, when I hired an IMO, the guy sent me a copy of his report "for my review and to make changes as

needed".  He sent that to me, for my approval, before sending it to VA.  

I like that.  If you get this letter from the doctor make sure:

1.  He includes CV (qualifications as a doctor...necessary to establish he is an expert in the filed and can make an opinion).  

A PHD in basket weaving is not competent to opine your knee problems are related to service.  He needs to establish he has

medical training and experience treating and diagnosing your type of issues.

2.  He says  "he has reviewed your records".  

3.  He has the nexus statement in a format the VA understands:  (your diagnosis) is "at least as likely as not due to  an event 

in military service".  

4.  He provides a rationale (reasons) why he made this opinion.  Of course, he needs to sign the letter.  

       If your IMO is lacking in any of these things, you probably have thrown your money away "unless" your doctor fixes it.  If this doc has 

experience doing VA IMO's, then he should know this.  You can still use him if he has not done VA IMO's before, but make sure he has the elements

I described, above.  


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I have used Dr. Finnerty. He used the Broncovet format. When VA denied the claim, he provided a free response.

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Twice my 30 year experienced doctor/lawyer surgeon from Tucson, AZ gave me two favorable IMOs for 1. OSA due to PTSD at 50% and 2. IHD/CAD heart disease increase due to VN Agent orange from 30 to 60% that then resulted in my also being awarded SMC-S with 3 years backpay. 

Both of these issues were granted by the the BVA on appeal but the VARO initially denied these claims on the same IMOs and other favorable evidence.

Both of his successful medical IMOs met the same format and requirements as Broncovet just posted.

My comment/opinion is not legal advice as I am not a lawyer, paralegal or VSO.



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