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#41 carlie

 
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Posted 28 June 2010 - 02:31 PM

It has been requested in writing that it be reviewed and re-opened and if they refuse than He has requested a hearing immediately!



lone,
Sure sounds to me like someone (ummm, like your DAV rep) is just blowing smoke your way.

1) a review is one thing

2) a re-open is totally different and will require new & material evidence,if your most recent
IMO/IME evidence is considered in the review, then it will have already been considered
and you will be required to get even more - new & material evidence to re-open.

3) "and if they refuse than He has requested a hearing immediately!"
This is a friggen joke - as immediately will not be anytime in the near future,
you claim will get in a long line just like any other, he has no special powers or pull.


I'm posting the truth here for you to help lower you level of disappointment as I fully support
VBA claimants knowing the truth without holding back any punches.


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 05:44 PM

Lonewolf, Who is your POA?
If it is AL or DAV let me know. These folks should be with you. They have folks who can cut the red tape.

J

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 05:55 PM

I really appreciate the truth. I have learned throughout this process not to expect anything and that disappointment goes with the process. I will just have to wait and see what transpires and what the VA comes back with in response to the DAV reps letter, which I received a copy of today. It is clear though that they did not review the IMO I submitted as evidence in my request for a "reconsideration". An IMO I could not afford and a trip I was in no shape to take. I have learned as all of us have that there is no clear path here and that bad news is to be expected in most situations. All I can do is continue to stay the course and keep the faith that eventually the truth and right will prevail. I am grateful to have the wonderful folks at the DAV assisting me in this matter but I do understand what they are dealing with also. Maybe someday I can use what I am currently going through to help other veterans as you guys have and are helping me. Thanks again for the support and I will keep you posted on what transpires next.

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 11:24 AM

My claim has been reopened and is being reviewed/reconsidered for compensation based on new medical evidence I submitted. I will keep everyone posted on how things transpire. Looks like they are finally looking at it thanks to my DAV rep.

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 01:01 PM

That is great. Please keep us posted.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 08:21 AM

YES!!!!!

Great. This is why we MUST carefully read the evidence list in a SOC carefully and then- even if they do acknowledge the evidence-they must opine on it in the narrative.

If the VA doesn't list something probative (such as an IMO) as evidence, this means they lost it, destroyed t, ignored it, or are too lazy to read it.

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 12:25 PM

Well the consensus is "To lazy to read it". I guess by immediately pushing out letters of denial without even looking at the case, VA medical Records and Doctors opinions, and new evidence submitted such as my IMO they get it off their desk eventually and on to someone elses. It was obvious to everybody who has seen reviewed my case that they did not look at my claim for first time other than the BAD C &P exam. It is more clear to me everyday that the regional offices are so overworked that they push out letters without reviewing anything most of the time. This is probably why most claims are awarded on appeal. Is there no checks and balances for these claims people at the regional level? I mean to say if they just push out letters of denial without review and then it get's appealed and goes to the next level, do they not start to look at the reviewer at the regional office as a problem or can he just continue to operate by not reviewing the claims like he should?? My guess is there is no fallout from what they do regionally and that is causing allot of delays for Veterans in need of compensation for service connected injuries like myself? At any rate I now await my next decision and pray that finally someone reviews it correctly. The funny part is the individual that has had my claim twice and denied it twice now said that someone else would be reviewing my claim above him?? Once again pushing it off with no obvious repercussions? That is surely part of the broken system if regional offices are denying claims as they are overworked? Either they need to change the way claims are processed or they need to add additional resources to handle our claims. Either way there most certainly should be some type of tracking throughout the whole process on the VA's part to insure that if certain people at the regional office and even Doctors who do C & P exams which continually deny and or delay obvious claims/awards that are truly black and white, then those individuals need to be replaced or taken out of the process in the future. Just like any other business right? If you continually do not perform your job duties as you are supposed to then you are either demoted, or written up until you are terminated! Anyway that is me venting on the whole monstrousity that is the VA claims process. It would just about guarantee that if they started looking at all these claims denied regionally that are won on appeal (I think the percentage is about 80%) Then the would most likely find were most of the issues exist. Why even have a regional office other than to delay and or deny claims? Has anybody had any luck using your senators and congressman on your claim when stalled or handled incorrectly? Just curious. I have been told that now I can most likely expect a low ball award as generally that is what normally happens in my type of situation. Anybody have any experiences with that type of approach from the VA? I am just wandering as I may need to prepare myself just in case. In closing I just saw a neurosurgeon and I was told the same thing. My back is surgically unrepairable and will only get worse along with my other issues. Although I have seen and received many medical opinions and they are all the same so now I cannot help but wonder how long I will be able to stand and/or walk before I cannot any longer? I guess I am pretty down right now but will my days on two feet and a cane outlast my VA claims process? Guess all I can do now is keep the faith and hope that the right thing occurs this time. Thanks for listening everybody and I look forward to comments and suggestions.

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 10:10 AM

Well I got my letter today and the regional office once again denied everything and severed my right hip award. Although I had an IMO from a reputable Doctor who has extensive knowledge of the VA and congressinal inquires by my Senator and Congressman, they still denied me. Their reasoning was another straigth forward excuse/push off. They essentially said that they were taking the opinion of the Doctor that performed my C and P exam (the Doctor who essentially did not perform the exam right, was extremely biased and even made fun of my cane, pulled the muscles in my ribs, and gave opinions using support from old literature) over My IMO Doctor who used recent credible new medical studies to support his. It just appears that is is another push off from the VA using standard boiler plate to keep from doing any true work. I was under the opinion that if a private Doctor who is credible and peforms an examination and gives an IMO conflicts with the VA examiner, that the Veteran get's the benefit of the doubt? Or is that just when you go to a VA board hearing on appeal?? At any rate I am confused and in a dark place over this mess. I guess it is not enough that I am almost housebound due to my conditions and that another Doctor refuted the VA Doctor's biased opinions and gave black and white Evidence to support his opinion. Any ideas on what my next steps are? Should I now appeal since they blew me and my IMO/Doctor off again on my reconsideration? Or is there other steps I need to take now? At any rate I will be sharing my response with my DAV rep and my IMO Doctor. I guess they will keep denying everyone until you appeal and go before a board?? That seems to be the process at this point to me regardless of an IMO from a credible Doctor. I seek your guidance once again my fellow Veterans as I am at a loss. Sometimes I just feel that I am cursed with bad luck not only because of this but also my medical issues. Issues directly caused by my Service Connected Injuries which is clearly stated in my VA medical records and in my IMO. Thank you in advance for your guidance and assistance, I look forward to your suggestions and comments.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 09:25 AM

Well I was denied again and they basically said in the denial that they took the VA doctor's opinion over the opinion of my IMO Doctor. I was under the impression that if a private Doctor who is credible and performs an examination and gives an IMO that conflicts with the VA examiner, that the Veteran get's the benefit of the doubt? Or is that just when you go to a VA board hearing on appeal?? At any rate I am confused and in a dark place over this mess. I guess it is not enough that I am almost housebound due to my conditions and that another Doctor refuted the VA Doctor's biased opinions and gave black and white Evidence to support his opinion. Any ideas on what my next steps are? Should I now appeal since they blew me and my IMO/Doctor off again on my reconsideration? Or is there other steps I need to take now? I await any comments and advice on this second denial based on a reconsideration using new medical evidence. Thank you everyone for continuing to assist.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 12:11 PM

Well I am still trying to decide what to do about my denial. I have so many appointments lately that I have not had time to think about it much really. On one hand I know I need to write a NOD but I am wondering if I get yet another IMO will that be considered once again as new evidence and will that allow me to ask for a reconsideration once again? I wonder since the last one IMO I submitted was to no avail. If anyone can give me some advice here I would really appreciate it. NOD, reconsideration with another IMO, or something other than that. What is the best approach for me now. I welcome any and all advice at this point as I need direction. Thanks to everyone in advance who responds to me. I really appreciate it.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 04:14 PM

You need to get it out of the RO. They are blinded by the VA C and P and I think you need a fresh look at it. An Attorney would be the best step for you.

J

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 05:57 PM

Yes, this is the kind of claim where a lawyer earns their money. When the VA just digs in their heels and decides to keep denying a claim even when you have good evidence then hire the lawyer. I got my ratings by just taking what I got in my SOC's and working with various private doctors to rebutt each issue. I would concentrate on the rating that is going to get you IU or 100% on its own merits. Good lawyers who do this kind of work often know doctors who can write a report that hits all the buzzers and bells on the VA pinball machine. It is a game. Some of these VA doctors or QTC doctors just hate veterans. They think it is their divine mission to defend the US treasury from greedy veterans.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 09:20 PM

YES!!!!!

Great. This is why we MUST carefully read the evidence list in a SOC carefully and then- even if they do acknowledge the evidence-they must opine on it in the narrative.

If the VA doesn't list something probative (such as an IMO) as evidence, this means they lost it, destroyed t, ignored it, or are too lazy to read it.



Berta, can you tell me what SOC and IMO ,and QTC doctors means .I have seen this in several different threads and didn't know what it meant. I'm fairly new to all this VA stuff.I wish I had a list or something to look all these adbreviations,because it gets confusing when reading something, not knowing what they mean.


1Lonewolf,,, Hang in there ,,don't give up,NEVER give up . Keep fighting these denials,as long as it takes ,but don't ever give up.......I hope and pray that everything works out for you . I will be praying for you ,and I want to Thank You for your Service to our Great Country. .........There's a few people in this country that don't appreciate the Freedom that they have ,and if it weren't for your Great Service and the Service that ALL Vets like you and Soldiers that put their lives on the line for us, to have our Freedom,then it is a shame that they are even working in the VA system.......Just remember,, 1Lonewolf ,,that there is MORE people that do appreciate your Service, than those that don't . ......Try not to let this pull you down,and make you bitter,,because you are a BETTER person than that women that made you lose your sc comp.......I'm sure you will triumph in the future !!!!!...........May GOD BLESS you, every day of your life.

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Posted 04 October 2010 - 09:01 AM

Berta, can you tell me what SOC and IMO ,and QTC doctors means .I have seen this in several different threads and didn't know what it meant. I'm fairly new to all this VA stuff.I wish I had a list or something to look all these adbreviations,because it gets confusing when reading something, not knowing what they mean.


1Lonewolf,,, Hang in there ,,don't give up,NEVER give up . Keep fighting these denials,as long as it takes ,but don't ever give up.......I hope and pray that everything works out for you . I will be praying for you ,and I want to Thank You for your Service to our Great Country. .........There's a few people in this country that don't appreciate the Freedom that they have ,and if it weren't for your Great Service and the Service that ALL Vets like you and Soldiers that put their lives on the line for us, to have our Freedom,then it is a shame that they are even working in the VA system.......Just remember,, 1Lonewolf ,,that there is MORE people that do appreciate your Service, than those that don't . ......Try not to let this pull you down,and make you bitter,,because you are a BETTER person than that women that made you lose your sc comp.......I'm sure you will triumph in the future !!!!!...........May GOD BLESS you, every day of your life.



1 Lonewolf ,,have you heard anything else on your claim ? Was just wondering ,I've been praying for you and for your sucess on all this ,that you get all that you deserve .I hopr you hear some good news . Keep hanging in there. Take Care and God Bless You.

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 11:30 PM

I thought since it has been awhile I would provide everyone an update. As everyone knows I got denied after submitting my first IMO to the VA and they did in fact sever my Hip award due to the bad eval. I went for a hearing with DRO and I feel that it went quite well. The testimony and evidence currently jn my file is pretty straight forward but it was good to get my own words out in front of a decision maker who has the power to make the right decision on my claim. I explained to the DRO that I was going to get another IMO even though I had already submitted one which was met with denial. It truly felt like he sided with me and said he would schedule me for another C and P with a different Doctor at the VA as he felt that I was not treated fairly. I went and obtained yet another IMO from an Orthopedic Surgeon with 36 years of experience. He also specializes in Occupational Medicine and often does evaluations for Workers comp, Social Security, and the Insurance companies. I thought I would go see a Doctor who has the right background and almost unbeatable credentials in this type of evaluation. I also knew that since he does not see Vets normally, I would get an unbiased opinion from an expert in the field. This was at my cost which I obviously had to borrow but I needed this not only for my claim but for my own sanity as well. When getting an IMO you never know what the Doctor will say and if he will be with you or against you in his opinions. I was really hoping he could tell me if there is something that can be done for my lower spine also. I received the IMO and once again it was the same as the first one as far as opinions go. He opinioned that my hips and my lower spine are a direct result of my abnormal gait and that there is no way that I could work in any job in my condition. it also says that this type condition and it's relation is common medical knowledge.. I would have to agree with that because it takes all of about 10 seconds to google this knowledge. I have submitted this IMO to the VA/DRO and I am awaiting the reaction/decision at this point. I wonder if they will schedule me for another C and P with a different VA Doc or will they make a decision based on this new evidence/IMO? I hope the latter is what actually occurs. If this does not refute the bad eval than I really do not know what else will short of a letter from every U.S. Senator and Congressman in Washington D.C. It is truly amazing how they can just overlook what other Doctors say and put your life into a blender over one Doctor's bad evaluation. Another interesting thing I would like to share is that I finally put in for my SSDI and it appears as if they made the decision on my claim in less than 10 days. They sent me a pain survey and when I called to ask a question the Disability reviewer that had my case said that he did not need my survery and that my case had bee fast tracked. I am still awaiting the official letter but from what I can understand from several others I have talked to including a SS lawyer, my claim was most likely fast tracked due to the severity of my conditions and approved. If that is the case here then that means Social Security took less than 10 days to approve me based solely on the same information the VA has in front of them. Now you tell me....... aint that a Hoot and a kick in the teeth at the same time. On one hand it gives me hope on my financial dilemna and on the other hand it makes me even more frustrated with the VA claims process. Especially since Social Security has received an abundance of claims due to the status of the economy and people leaving the work force. So in closing I once again thank everyone for your guidance and support as I continue on my quest for what is right. I will provide an update on my situation if and when I receive any new information. Hopefully I will have something positive to post next time.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 06:10 PM

I have been approved for my SSDI and it was infact approved and processed in less than a month. It also specifically lists why I have been approved in the letter. This will serve as more evidence for my appeal as what is listed directly correlates with my VA claim. The decision from Social Security was based on solely on my VA medical records and my conditions caused by Abnormal gait! I will continue to update my post as things unfold and keep everybody posted. The reason I continue to update my post is to hopefully help some other veterans who search the forum looking for a case history based on lower extremity injuries which have caused spinal and other issues due to Abnormal gait. Apparently their are quite a few of those types of claims out there other than mine so hopefully this will help someone else as everyone and this site has helped me. i will update this post again when I receive my next update from the VA.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:30 PM

I have been approved for my SSDI and it was infact approved and processed in less than a month. It also specifically lists why I have been approved in the letter. This will serve as more evidence for my appeal as what is listed directly correlates with my VA claim. The decision from Social Security was based on solely on my VA medical records and my conditions caused by Abnormal gait! I will continue to update my post as things unfold and keep everybody posted. The reason I continue to update my post is to hopefully help some other veterans who search the forum looking for a case history based on lower extremity injuries which have caused spinal and other issues due to Abnormal gait. Apparently their are quite a few of those types of claims out there other than mine so hopefully this will help someone else as everyone and this site has helped me. i will update this post again when I receive my next update from the VA.



1lonewolf
I have been following your posts for awhile and I feel for you Brother! One of the reasons is, I'm also in the same court as far as the abnormal gait history. I'm 60% SC from a total knee replacement done in 08, due to a bad jump in 76. limping for 36 years and still limping, even after surgery! Which I know is the cause of my back, neck, and sciatic nerves problems I've had for years now. Even lost my job of 31 years because of the knee. They placed me on disibility retirement at age 54, far to young to be disabled with so many debts incured. I claimed IU, but just like you, DENIED. The reason was I could do secretary work. Filed Reconcideration letter with statement from my Pain management doc stating I could'nt sit for more than 15 mins. at a time. It was'nt a justified IMO according to VA specs. but I'll keep my fingers crossed. Should hear something very soon. In the meantime, I'm trying to get my ducts in a row for a possible NOD. So now I'm in the proccess trying to get all the info regarding secondary injuries (back, neck, sciatic) due to abnormal gait. The VA even sent me to PT because of my gait pattern. The PT theropist evan said my whole body was out of whack! I'm still going to get an official IMO and follow the guidelines set forth that's available here on the forem. I'm hoping with the new injuries added to the NOD, my EED would still be the date I first started the claim, IF it's awarded that is. I'm not sure how it works, I may have to file a new claim for IU with the new injuries. Glad to hear about your SSDI being approved! I'm going to file for it also. You being approved due to your abnormal gait is something I would be very interested of any info you can share with us that would help our SSDI claims on (abnormal gait). That is, if you don't mine! I'm open to any kind of communication, here on Hadit, email, telephone, it don't matter! Thank's 1lonewolf.


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Posted 30 November 2010 - 01:40 AM

I am more than happy to provide you with whatever I can. I truly believe that several factors allowed SS to make such a quick decision on my claim and I will list them as follows for your reference. I believe that my SSDI was approved not based on my abnormal gait as much as it was based on my conditions and how they affect me as a whole and obviously my ability to work in any job. When I applied for SSDI I explained to them clearly what was wrong with me and what caused it. This ended up helping me as all my conditions were verified by my VA medical records and most of that information has transpired over the last 2 years which makes it easier for the SS examiner to find and reference. When you apply for SSDI be specific with what your conditions are and what caused them as they will list those conditions as a basis for their decision and will look for those diagnosis specifically in your records. When you receive their decision they list these conditions in Black and White. Since Social Security determined me to be disabled since last Feb it leads me to believe this date decision was made because that was the day my spinal issues were diagnosed by Physical Medicine based on the MRI findings. That was also the day the consult with Pain management was ordered. it is important to note that Pain Management also had a diagnosis of "Due to Abnormal Gait" which they changed after my C and P examination hit my file! This had no bearing as it is still in my records. I also have this diagnosis from several other Doctors to include all the specialists consults I was sent to. Also in my records for Social Security to review was my initial IMO submittal from Dr. Bash which most certainly helped me as it contained physical testing as part of the IMO. Social Security criteria is different from the VA, they are making a determination based on your conditions, not how you got them or what caused them unless that is part of your overall physical conditions such as Abnormal gait which would make you very unsteady and prevent you from performing any standing or walking jobs. Also the Physical Therapist put her diagnosis in as spinal and hip conditions due abnormal gait and also provided allot of range of motion, strength, and difficulties I had in performing some of their required therapy tasks.When I signed up for Social Security Disability I went to my local office to do so. I believe going to your local office to put in your claim for SSDI is a much better approach as it put's a name to a face and most people working at these offices are sensitive to Veterans as Social Security has special programs for US. Once again The conditions I gave are easy to find in my VA medical records as they are the exact diagnosis I gave Social Security word for word... i..e...DDD, Traumatic Arthritis, etc... Apples to Apples approach which makes it easier on the Disability Examiner. The additional information contained in my records such as the Physical Therapy Reports and Dr. Bash's IMO also provided outside evidence to my conditions and their cause and how they affect me Physically and mentally. Another Factor they take into consideration is the prescriptions you take for these conditions as they also reflect your conditions severity. So in review there were several factors that I believe Social Security used in determining my disability such as clear diagnosis of conditions and physical abilities which were easy to find in my records, Prescriptions I take for pain and their impact on my daily life, etc... If I had to give specific advice I would have to say make sure you are specific when you apply for SSDI and make sure you apply at your local office and not online for obvious reasons. If there are any records which support your claim insure that you get them in front of SSDI asap as they typically review everything at the same time from what I have been told. Also if you have any Physical Therapy or other reports containing range of motion, sitting, walking, standing and any other type of physical test provide them as they are revelant and also used in SSDI determinations as these are the same type of tests you will have to perform if you are ask to evaluated by a Doctor. I have listed some references below that I used before I applied for my Social Security Disability. If you make it easy by providing clear and concise information and records, this will make the disability examiners job easier and assist you in gaining a favorable decision more quickly. I would also suggest you get an IMO from a reputable Doctor, an IMO from an Orthopedic Surgeon or Occupational Doctor is worth it's weight in Gold as it includes range of motion testing as well as the Doctor's opinion on the overall severity of your conditions They see it like this.. This is your claim, here is the evidence you have submitted for review in determining your claim, does your disability or physical/mental limitations prevent you from working in your professional, then any job? It is all of nothing when it comes to Social Security and I believe once again that if you provide them with specific information and then proof backing up your claim to include physical limitation testing, then the criteria they require to make that determination is already in front of them which allows them to make a decision without sending your for an evaluation by one of their Doctors. Let me know if you have any specific questions and I will be more than glad to answer them for you if I can. If not I can most certainly point you in the right direction to find the Answer. Enjoy!

1. Good Social Security Guide for applying.
http://www.ultimated...pplication.html

2. Veteran's Guide for applying for SSDI
http://www.disabilit...disability.html

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 12:49 PM

I am more than happy to provide you with whatever I can. I truly believe that several factors allowed SS to make such a quick decision on my claim and I will list them as follows for your reference. I believe that my SSDI was approved not based on my abnormal gait as much as it was based on my conditions and how they affect me as a whole and obviously my ability to work in any job. When I applied for SSDI I explained to them clearly what was wrong with me and what caused it. This ended up helping me as all my conditions were verified by my VA medical records and most of that information has transpired over the last 2 years which makes it easier for the SS examiner to find and reference. When you apply for SSDI be specific with what your conditions are and what caused them as they will list those conditions as a basis for their decision and will look for those diagnosis specifically in your records. When you receive their decision they list these conditions in Black and White. Since Social Security determined me to be disabled since last Feb it leads me to believe this date decision was made because that was the day my spinal issues were diagnosed by Physical Medicine based on the MRI findings. That was also the day the consult with Pain management was ordered. it is important to note that Pain Management also had a diagnosis of "Due to Abnormal Gait" which they changed after my C and P examination hit my file! This had no bearing as it is still in my records. I also have this diagnosis from several other Doctors to include all the specialists consults I was sent to. Also in my records for Social Security to review was my initial IMO submittal from Dr. Bash which most certainly helped me as it contained physical testing as part of the IMO. Social Security criteria is different from the VA, they are making a determination based on your conditions, not how you got them or what caused them unless that is part of your overall physical conditions such as Abnormal gait which would make you very unsteady and prevent you from performing any standing or walking jobs. Also the Physical Therapist put her diagnosis in as spinal and hip conditions due abnormal gait and also provided allot of range of motion, strength, and difficulties I had in performing some of their required therapy tasks.When I signed up for Social Security Disability I went to my local office to do so. I believe going to your local office to put in your claim for SSDI is a much better approach as it put's a name to a face and most people working at these offices are sensitive to Veterans as Social Security has special programs for US. Once again The conditions I gave are easy to find in my VA medical records as they are the exact diagnosis I gave Social Security word for word... i..e...DDD, Traumatic Arthritis, etc... Apples to Apples approach which makes it easier on the Disability Examiner. The additional information contained in my records such as the Physical Therapy Reports and Dr. Bash's IMO also provided outside evidence to my conditions and their cause and how they affect me Physically and mentally. Another Factor they take into consideration is the prescriptions you take for these conditions as they also reflect your conditions severity. So in review there were several factors that I believe Social Security used in determining my disability such as clear diagnosis of conditions and physical abilities which were easy to find in my records, Prescriptions I take for pain and their impact on my daily life, etc... If I had to give specific advice I would have to say make sure you are specific when you apply for SSDI and make sure you apply at your local office and not online for obvious reasons. If there are any records which support your claim insure that you get them in front of SSDI asap as they typically review everything at the same time from what I have been told. Also if you have any Physical Therapy or other reports containing range of motion, sitting, walking, standing and any other type of physical test provide them as they are revelant and also used in SSDI determinations as these are the same type of tests you will have to perform if you are ask to evaluated by a Doctor. I have listed some references below that I used before I applied for my Social Security Disability. If you make it easy by providing clear and concise information and records, this will make the disability examiners job easier and assist you in gaining a favorable decision more quickly. I would also suggest you get an IMO from a reputable Doctor, an IMO from an Orthopedic Surgeon or Occupational Doctor is worth it's weight in Gold as it includes range of motion testing as well as the Doctor's opinion on the overall severity of your conditions They see it like this.. This is your claim, here is the evidence you have submitted for review in determining your claim, does your disability or physical/mental limitations prevent you from working in your professional, then any job? It is all of nothing when it comes to Social Security and I believe once again that if you provide them with specific information and then proof backing up your claim to include physical limitation testing, then the criteria they require to make that determination is already in front of them which allows them to make a decision without sending your for an evaluation by one of their Doctors. Let me know if you have any specific questions and I will be more than glad to answer them for you if I can. If not I can most certainly point you in the right direction to find the Answer. Enjoy!

1. Good Social Security Guide for applying.
http://www.ultimated...pplication.html

2. Veteran's Guide for applying for SSDI
http://www.disabilit...disability.html



Oustanding information lonewolf!
Did you also format all your injuries seperately to SS? i.e.. index by page number per injury, testing and Dr's statements per injury, etc. Berta, and others do that on thier VA claims, which I think is perty smart! I personaly don't have those skills, and would be hard for me to do. I did'nt read anything in your post about you hiring an attorney, so I take it you tackled this yourself. Good job by the way! Thank's for the serts, they were very informative also. Thanks for getting us started on the right track. I'm perty sure down the road I'll, and others here, will be asking you for more info and/or advice. What I also like about your post's, is you don't cut any corners, which make's it alot easier to understand!

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 08:45 PM

Social Security is different form the VA as in they are looking for these conditions, how severe they are, and if they impact your ability to work. So any diagnosis or information in your records for these conditions and how they limit your abilities are key. When I answered their question on what my issues were I gave them each condition in order using the exact verbage as contained in my records for these conditions. Such as DDD, Traumatic Arthritis of the Right and left hip, etc... This makes it easier for an examiner to find them if they are the same conditions assigned a code in your VA medical or other records. In other words instead of my saying "I have chronic pain due to some bulging discs and Degenerative Arthritis, etc.. I gave the exact diagnosis for each. Also if you approach Social Security from their mindset your interview and other dealing with them with be much easier. My suggestion and how I approached them was this... Social Security wants to know what is wrong with me and how it affects my ability to work in my profession or at any other job. For example when I was asked about my conditions I was very specific with how they affect each segment of my ability to work such as "My DDD, Sciatic, Severe Facet Syndrome, and Degenerative Arthritis of the lower spine prevent me from sitting, standing, or lifting anything. Another example is my Foot injuries and the multiple surgeries I have had on them in the Army and at the VA prevent me from standing for any period of time and prevent me from being able to walk without a cane or any distance. I am almost housebound due to chronic pain and depression from Chronic pain. I know this may sound a little like I am couching you but I am just trying to get you to understand the right approach to take. The truth of the matter is I have a major list of conditions and they are all pretty much severe in nature. Each condition is well diagnosed in my VA medical records and there is also other information they used such as my physical therapy reports, C and P exams, and IMOs which contain range of motion and other information which is pertinent to how they determine you disable or unable to work. I think my case was a no brainer because I am in pretty bad shape physically and all my issues are well documented in my VA medical records. From what I have gathered through my own battle with the VA is that most of us are not fighting the VA because we want them to acknowledge that we have a certain illness or injury, Most of us are fighting the VA because they refuse to acknowledge or compensate us on these conditions which were caused either by direct military service or secondary to conditions which happened while serving. With Social Security it is a different angle as they are not looking at your information to verify whether or not your issues were caused by a service connected issue but at the severity of your conditions and how the affect your ability to work. Hopefully that makes sense to you. I will tell you that everything I told them about my conditions is verbatim in my letter of approval in the exact same order I gave them in. I did not hire a lawyer as I truly felt I did not need one as I had already done some research on what I needed to do. To be honest I also felt like it should be pretty easy for me because I have so much wrong with me, especially my lower spine. I did not give specific references to each injury and were they could find that in my records as they go through all the medical information you provide anyway. I would also suggest browsing through the websites as well as taking a quick look at the one below. If you want your claim to be processed faster than you should be fully prepared for your interview with everything you need and the right mindset as I mentioned above. Conditions - how do each affect my ability to work or performed certain tasks. I applied for my SSDi on October 8 and it was approved unofficially on October 18th by the Disability Examiner that was in charge of my case. If I had brought a copy of my VA records to my interview, instead of telling them in the interview were to get them, I probably would have gotten approved sooner because the examiner would have already had what he needed instead of requesting it from the VAMC. Luckily the response from the VAMC was fast and did not take forever or I would still be waiting for a decision. In case you are wondering the Disability Examiner got my records on the 18th so it was easy for him to verify my information and severity of my conditions as most of the information is fresh and has been diagnosed over the last 2 years. Hopefully I have answered your questions and not been to redundant. If not do not hesitate to ask.

Preparing for a SS interview..
http://www.socialsec...ation-interview

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 08:27 AM

Hi All, Just wanted to provide yet another update. I have now submitted the new IMO from the Ortho Surgeon/Disability specialist as well as the letter from my SSDI award so both new pieces of evidence are now in the hands of the DRO for review. I have not heard anything from them as of yet so I am still waiting for next decision in my case. The evidence is now more than overwhelming in rebuttal of the bad C and P examination which started this whole cycle of unfair maneuvers. I am curious to see what comes next in the way of a decision as now 2 pages of misinformation stand against a mountain of evidence to the contrary. Although it should be black and white in my favor as we all know anything is possible or I would not in the situation I am in. I have also went through my entire medical record and placed sticky notes on every pertinent Doctor's Diagnosis. The current Tally is 6 VA docs and 2 Private Docs with the same diagnosis versus 1 C and P Doc's Opinion. So in review that is 8 Doctors including 3 with much higher credentials than the C and P Doctor's and still I continue to be denied. This speaks Volumes to how broken the system is and/or how a technicality is used to deny Veterans what they deserve. I will update my post again when I receive my next Decision/Update. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas..

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 09:05 AM

"The current Tally is 6 VA docs and 2 Private Docs with the same diagnosis versus 1 C and P Doc's Opinion."


GEEZ! Hopefully this will be resolved to your favor sooner than later.

I had overwhelming evidence myself but it took them over 6 years to acknowledge it and read it.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 10:29 AM

lone,
Hopefully it's either enough to sway the decision maker in your favor
or put the evidence in relative equipoise and get the BOD applied.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 06:00 PM

Lonewolf ....


Will be sending out those positive vibes for a favorable decision.


I read your post this morning and I've been thinking about you all day,


You are not alone, not here. These are a fine group of folks here.


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Posted 22 December 2010 - 08:23 PM

Thank you for the support. I really do not know what else they can do to deny me now but then again I thought that initially! All I can do is wait until I receive my next decision and hope that right prevails and that finally someone at the regional office says "Hey, why are we denying this guy over one Doctor's obviously incorrect Opinion when there is a multitude of Doctors both VA and private who all have the same opinion?" I can only hope that the Decision Review Officer assigned to my case just takes the time to look at my records and my IMO's, That is all it will really take to right this wrong I am currently dealing with. It is really that simple and had that been accomplished initially, I would not still be in Limbo trying to figure out how in the hell They can continue to deny me. The evidence and Opinions were there initially as well but all that was mentioned was the C and P exam and that is what was used to deny me. Incredible to say the least but common practice from what I hear from others on here and abroad. So this whole thing continues based on one bad evaluation and the obvious denial of facts as contained within my records, of which most information is recent over the last 2 years. I will continue to keep up the good fight as this is more than just pursuit of justifiable compensation for severe injuries incurred while serving my country but also just a plain out fight of right and wrong. No one should ever be penalized because they tried to do the right thing like work for as long as possible. Especially not Veterans like us that are the main reason these people even have a job or a country to have it in! I will keep everyone posted on my progress and Thanks to everyone for your continued words of support.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 09:56 PM

Well said Lonewolf and no truer words spoken.

If you need a ladder, and believe me .... I have needed many, this is the place to find the encouragement to keep moving one foot ahead of the other.

Thank you for your Service Veteran. Continue to stay positive and proud as you are.

Edited by VetsLady, 22 December 2010 - 09:57 PM.


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Posted 06 January 2011 - 06:33 PM

Hello everyone and Happy New Year. I thought I would update my Post with the current "goings on". In review I did have a DRO hearing in October and from that Hearing I told the DRO officer I would be providing another IMO. I have provided that IMO from an orthopedic surgeon as well as the Letter I received from Social Security approving my SSDI claim, which by the way took less than two weeks and the decision was based solely on my VA medical records! I then also provided this approval Letter from SSDI which listed all my SC issues to include the issues that they are still currently denied and in the appeals process. So in review currently I have a new IMO and my approval letter from SSDI in the hands for the DRO officer for review. I followed up with my DAV rep earlier this week and currently the VA has requested my records from Social Security. I assume this is to prove that I am providing them with accurate information about the decision they made in such a short timeframe based on my VA medical records. I would also assume they are verifying what conditions Social Security based their decision on even though it is clearly listed in the approval letter I sent them. All conditions are in the approval letter in order and not one is missing. In my opinion this yet more crystal clear evidence in support of my claim and it also verifies that another government agency was able to easily determine my disabilities and their cause by reviewing my VA medical records. As I have stated before any individual,including someone who has never seen medical records before, can review my records and will not even get 10 pages in before they have found not only my conditions but also multiple doctor diagnosis to verify them and their cause. To date I have submitted multiple letters from individuals, 2 IMO's, several letters referencing the multitude of diagnosis in my records from 6 different VA docs, my SSDI letter of approval which includes my conditions in order, and a letter sent every month from my State Senator's Office The only reason that I am in this fight is because of one Doctor's biased and incorrect opinion in the original C and P exam. So in review that is a mountain of evidence in support of my claim proving my conditions, both SC and Secondary, versus one doctor. You will not find this type of issue with any other government agency that provides compensation or pension so I ask you. why is it this way for us Veterans who should be this country's number one priority? A question I ask myself everyday when I strap on my ankle braces and my orthopedic shoes and grab my cane. A question we all ask ourselves as veterans seeking what we deserve and what was promised to us the day we joined to serve our country! I will update my post again when I hear something back worth a read to everyone. Until then I hope everyone is doing well and keeping up the good fight against the Machine that is VA Compensation and Pension.

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 06:49 PM

You will not find this type of issue with any other government agency that provides compensation or pension


lone,

Comparing SSA disability and VA disability is like comparing apples and oranges.

VA deals SOLELY with disability's that are adjudicated as service connected.

SSA deals with ALL disability's, no matter how you got them.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 06:52 PM

No doubt but I guess I was really referencing the 8 doctors versus 1 doctor issue. My issues are clear and are clearly secondary to every doctor I have seen inside and outside the VA. I will await my decision and truly hope that my DR officer (Who seems to be a fair guy) brings justice to this situation. We shall see.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 07:59 AM

Did youinitially file timely? Were you able to keep your 40% without them severing this? I hope so. Folks here are wishing you a favorable generous award very soon. I know after fighting them for years one can come out a winner. I have experienced the appeals. NOD's, them declaring me deceased, trying to sever, denials, appeals, personal hearing, BVA, remand, and finally approval...it takes its toll on you mentally and physically too. Hang in there! We are all hoping and sending prayers your fight will soon end with your award granting.

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 04:03 PM

I wanted to provide another update on my current claim status to everyone. Based on the current letter I just received a decision is going to be made on my claim on the 23rd of this month. Currently they will be using records from Social Security and the new IMO from an orthopedic surgeon along with the evidence already contained within my medical records. Halo2, sorry it has been awhile but in answer to your questions I did in fact file timely, they did take away the 10 % for my right hip. In the process I was awarded compensation for my Esophagial issues. I am currently rated at 60. The biggest most disabling issues I have are what is currently in appeal. My lower spine and my hips. I will update everyone as soon as I hear something! I am keeping my finger's crossed and hoping that truth and justice prevails. I guess we never know what to expect in this situation as nothing is clear or straight forward in the VA claims process. I will update everyone as soon as I hear something new. Thanks for all the support!

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 11:07 AM

Another entry to the the ongoing saga that is my claim. A decision will not be made on the 23rd as the letter stated. They have now scheduled me for another C and P exam in early March. I guess after that a decision will be made based on the mountain of evidence set forth. I will keep everyone posted on how things go.

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 01:32 PM

Gee -that is to bad that you need another C & P-but hopefully that will get you closer to the right decision-just hang in there.It sounds like you have those ducks in a row and they are well armed.

With Evidence.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 09:44 AM

I wanted to provide and update on my claim which continues to spin out of control. I have been denied once again and it clear in the denial that the original Doctor who started all this was directly involved in preparing this denial and report. This tells me that it is quite apparent that my claim is no longer about fair or evidence but more about the ego of one doctor who does not want to admit wrongdoing and a department covering for her to keep her from having to answer to all the complaints lodged against her for rough treatment. That is what this is all about. My last C and P exam which would have been fair is now another nail in my coffin as this Doctor got to my C and P Doctor which is also clearly stated in my denial. What started as a nightmare continues and it is apparent that my claim will never be decided fairly regardless of the IMOs I submit or the overwhelming evidence in my file. It is clear that in an effort to cover up a bad and unfair evaluation, the whole department is in bed together. This may sound like a conspiracy theory but If you read my denial I can promise you that not only is this evident but often referenced. A "Team" of Doctors including her and my C and P Doctor reviewed my claim and wrote my denial. Not a DRO rep but a team of Doctors from the Lexington VAMC to include my C and P Doctor, the department head, and the other Doctor mentioned previously. This is truly disgusting in my opinion and I can only wonder how many guys are going through this same situation and being met with the same denial using the same "Team" approach. It is sad when one persons ego or wrongdoing offsets the lives of Veterans who served without question and continue to be denied even when the evidence is present. The VA process is truly one of a kind but as we all know what has happened to me seems to be the rule more often than it is a unique situation. There needs to be a more direct and open process to review these types of biased approaches because it is not only apparent but obvious and should be stopped by someone above the regional offices when it occurs. Just my thoughts but I guess now I will put in my appeal which will most likely be another waist of time if this tact and approach are taken on it. Guess I should consider myself lucky and now I have a whole medical department who knows who I am but not because they are interested in my overall health but in covering their own asses and rallying to take care of and cover for their own. My claim will never be treated fairly as now I can count on a team to discount it and insure that one Doctor does not have to ever admit wrong doing. I wonder if I should even submit an appeal at this point. I am obviously in a situation that goes beyond the normal VA process and more focuses on what makes is so broken. Any thoughts? I am open to any ideas here and nothing will be deemed dumb or ridiculous at this point as now I am caught in a crossfire when all I ever really wanted is what is fair so I can try to live what is left of my life.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 10:32 AM

Can you scan and attach the actual decision here ? (Cover the personal identifying stuff)

What is the basis of the doctor's wrong doing? do you mean medical wrong doing?

Can you also scan and attach the C & P exam you mention?

"There needs to be a more direct and open process to review these types of biased approaches because it is not only apparent but obvious and should be stopped by someone above the regional offices when it occurs"

I had so many similiar problems many years ago that I asked for a VACO Administrative Review.
But I had a tort claim as wel as a 1151 claim goping at the same time and these claims were awarded prior to any Administrative Review process.

I do believe the administrative review I requested got some thumbs out of a few butts.A VA lawyer called me up from VACO and asked me what I wanted him to do about the review as they hardly ever get requests of this type.
I told him I needed him to teach the VA OGC and the RO how to read.
If you can get a vet rep or better yet a lawyer to support this type of request- it could help you but then again I dont know what really is the case here as to any wrong doing.

I had problems with a VA C & P doctor that led to 2 disgraceful SOCs, one put me into one of the darkest moments of my life
as I was fighting VA for a wrongful death claim and the C & P doc suggested my husband died from a cocaine overdose.

I had knocked down all their past ridiculous cause of death statements in the prior SOC but this one floored me.
I became very depressed and then I got angry- my husband was an organ donor and that requires an autopsy which I had sent to VA many many times at that point- and it included a full toxicology report.

Of course he didn't have any drugs in his system except for the meds from VA.

You need to check all available records (use FOIAS if you need to) to see just what this Team came up with on the denial.

The VA can stoop very low.

When I contacted the C & P doctor myself-furious at the lack of any medical basis for his cocaine statement- I found out that not only did the RO deliberately keep the autopsy from him ( they did this to the OGC doctors too) but he also had added to his C & P that an autopsy would have ruled out the cocaine statement.That shold have been put into the SSOC but of course they skillfully avoided it because I could have again submitted the autopsy to rebutt.

The C & P doctor was stunned (as well as VACO doctors) that they had been asked to opine on these claims without even any mention of the autopsy (which VA had ,in all, 12 copies of by the time these claims were awarded.)

He even sent me copy of the actual C & P report so I would believe what he said.
(I didnt know in those days we could request the C & P reports.)

Do you have a vet rep? Have you considered obtaining a lawyer?

I had a dumb rep and no lawyer regs were available when I had these problems above- and I now believe no lawyer would have put up with this deliberate VARO crap.

I fully feel you need a lawyer here if you dont have a good rep on your POA.

I can only base this on what you posted here and maybe the actual decision and C & P exam will reveal more.

I created a lot of waves at the local VA and my RO and probably some of their actions were for spite as they tried to continuously deny these past claims.But if one makes waves .they have to have a strong basis for their gripes and I had that.I knew the medical evidence would eventually outweigh the RO's deliberate and inaccurate denials (and it did)

When I claimed direct SC death in 2003, maybe why that is why it took them 6 years to award (at the BVA- as the RO refused to read any of my evidence ) and then another year fighting their attempt to keep my money (they failed to succeed.)

The BVA doesn't care about the spitefulness of ROs or even about their negligent way of reviewing our claims.

That is where a proper decision might come from in your case- as long as the medical evidence warrants it.

I sure suggest getting a lawyer at this point because this might be too much for a vet rep to handle.

Edited by Berta, 28 June 2011 - 10:39 AM.


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Posted 30 June 2011 - 06:30 PM

I wanted to provide and update on my claim which continues to spin out of control. I have been denied once again and it clear in the denial that the original Doctor who started all this was directly involved in preparing this denial and report. This tells me that it is quite apparent that my claim is no longer about fair or evidence but more about the ego of one doctor who does not want to admit wrongdoing and a department covering for her to keep her from having to answer to all the complaints lodged against her for rough treatment. That is what this is all about. My last C and P exam which would have been fair is now another nail in my coffin as this Doctor got to my C and P Doctor which is also clearly stated in my denial. What started as a nightmare continues and it is apparent that my claim will never be decided fairly regardless of the IMOs I submit or the overwhelming evidence in my file. It is clear that in an effort to cover up a bad and unfair evaluation, the whole department is in bed together. This may sound like a conspiracy theory but If you read my denial I can promise you that not only is this evident but often referenced. A "Team" of Doctors including her and my C and P Doctor reviewed my claim and wrote my denial. Not a DRO rep but a team of Doctors from the Lexington VAMC to include my C and P Doctor, the department head, and the other Doctor mentioned previously. This is truly disgusting in my opinion and I can only wonder how many guys are going through this same situation and being met with the same denial using the same "Team" approach. It is sad when one persons ego or wrongdoing offsets the lives of Veterans who served without question and continue to be denied even when the evidence is present. The VA process is truly one of a kind but as we all know what has happened to me seems to be the rule more often than it is a unique situation. There needs to be a more direct and open process to review these types of biased approaches because it is not only apparent but obvious and should be stopped by someone above the regional offices when it occurs. Just my thoughts but I guess now I will put in my appeal which will most likely be another waist of time if this tact and approach are taken on it. Guess I should consider myself lucky and now I have a whole medical department who knows who I am but not because they are interested in my overall health but in covering their own asses and rallying to take care of and cover for their own. My claim will never be treated fairly as now I can count on a team to discount it and insure that one Doctor does not have to ever admit wrong doing. I wonder if I should even submit an appeal at this point. I am obviously in a situation that goes beyond the normal VA process and more focuses on what makes is so broken. Any thoughts? I am open to any ideas here and nothing will be deemed dumb or ridiculous at this point as now I am caught in a crossfire when all I ever really wanted is what is fair so I can try to live what is left of my life.



Hang in there I am also going through same thing with a claim on my knees. I had a C/P by an orthapedic surgeon who stated that my knees were at least 50% related to my service connected injury and the VA got a "Nurse" to overrule the VA ortho surgeon. I fought it all the way for over 9 years remanded back to VARO which I got another hatchet job myself again. IMO are expensive but it is all you got to fight with but get a law firm to look at the facts us Veterans really do not have the ability alone let some of these people on the board look at the whole case and see if they can advise. Hang in there it will be better after you get a good idea of where you want your case to go. I hope this helped.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 08:49 AM

Well I have submitted my Appeal and requested a BVA video conference. Does anyone have any idea how long that takes before you get one? My DAV rep says that even though there is solid evidence in my favor and the (Good at being bad) VA Doc has done everything to Stop me from what I deserve and what is right, I should have been awarded my claim as any time Doctor's disagree the Veteran should get the benefit of the doubt. I have obtained yet another IMO from my chiropractor to add to the pile making the total number of IMO's on my pile 3. One neuro-radiologist, one ortho surgeon who specializes in disability, and one chiro. This is the first time I have went to a chiropractor and The unfortunate issue is even though my chiropractor tries to help me I continue to go back to square one with any relief due to my abnormal gait mechanics and gravity. I did just get new shoes and leg braces which do help with my feet but give me no relief in my back and hipsI I have also obtained multiple cases from the VA appeals website which I will also submit and use in my appeal hearing. If in fact the Veteran getting the benefit of the doubt is true then I should get what I deserve after my hearing. Of course i will not count on it but I am trying to remain positive. If anyone has anything suggestions, etc.. please feel free to post them as I am an open book. The shock and awe of this whole thing never seems to be far from my mind but with the assistance and support of my fellow forum members I continue to stay the course!

Edited by 1lonewolf, 21 July 2011 - 08:53 AM.


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Posted 21 July 2011 - 10:01 AM

LW is this Doctor from Lexington VA.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 10:08 AM

LW is this Doctor from Lexington VA.

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Yes.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 12:09 PM

I think I know her.

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