Your IME/IMO doc needs to supply VA with the information it needs, and not all non Veterans Affairs docs know the format for this…

VA Disability

Never lie, never exaggerate, just the facts.
1.  That the examiner “reviewed your records”.  Leaving this off can result in a denial.
2.  The IME examiner needs to be experienced and or trained in your issue.  That is, a PHD in History, can not make a valid opinion as to the cause of your hearing loss, for examplel.  Its best to have a CV of the doctor, showing his expetise in your issue.  Things like “Board certified audiologist” is very good.  Or, “Phd in Audiology awarded by MIT university” , etc.  For this evidence to be valid, the examiner is acting as an “expert witness” highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of your condition.
3.  The examiner needs to be very specific:  “The Veterans hearing loss is at least as likely as not due to excessive noise exposure in service”.  
It cannot be:  The Veterans hearing loss “may” have been caused by military service.  Don”t use the phrase, “could be caused by military service”  May, might, could be, could possibly be, are all “Deal breakers”.    The VA denies an IMO/IME with these words they call “speculative”.
4.  The examiner needs to explain “why” he reached such a conclusion.  Example:   The Veterans inability to dress himself is at least as likely as not due to xxx drug prescibed for treatment of his PTSD.  According to the PDR (Physicians desk reference) xxx drug has the side effect of dizziness, and memory loss, and this makes the Veteran unable to dress himself. etc etc.
5.  The examiner should so state his expertise:  Again, (the doc) is a “board certified” in the treatment of elderly, and graduated magna xxx Laude from Harvard University with a PHD in Audiology.  etc, etc.  The doc needs to establish that “his opinion” is probative as he is an “expert” in Audiology.
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Author: WPTangerine


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