IMO/IME Independent Medical Opinions
Independent Medical Examinations
We recommend that every veteran consider seeking an Independent Medical
Examination (IME) or an Independent Medical Opinion (IMO) for their VA
disability benefits claim. The VA has become increasingly difficult to navigate.
Because of the difficulty in receiving a fair decision from VA,
we at VAWatchdog have recognized that veterans who have even the
simplest claims can no longer rely on a fair decision. Every veteran should prepare to
have expert help as they develop their claim. This includes legal representation by a
VA accredited attorney as well as expert opinions from highly skilled and well qualified physicians.
There is a difference in the IME and the IMO. The IME requires your physical presence
in front of the examining physician. The IMO is based on the opinion of the physician
after he has thoroughly reviewed your records. It is our opinion that the IMO may
be the better choice in most cases. To write an acceptable IMO is not a simple task.
The physician must first understand the law that applies to the claim.
The physician must know the details of how disabling conditions may affect the
overall quality of life of the veteran patient. Disability law is not something that most
physicians are trained in. Each of the doctors featured here is expert in the arena of
disability medicine. We urge veterans to review their claims with one of these
physicians and to seek the help of an attorney.
Dr. David Anaise is a physician and a lawyer.
In interviews with Dr. Anaise we've asked and learned much about him.
In discussions with Dr. Anaise he's told us:
"In addition to being a lawyer, I am a surgeon with almost thirty years of medical experience.
I was Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery and Attending Surgeon in Transplantation at
SUNY at Stony Brook. I served as President of the New York Transplantation Society
and as Assistant Editor of Transplantation Proceedings.
I have authored three book chapters, three patents and 106
research papers published in peer reviewed medical journals.
My background in medicine and research makes me well qualified to thoroughly
review and present your disability case. I obtain, study and analyze all your medical
records and perform independent medical research relevant to the issues of your case.
I then present an analysis presenting your medical history in a way that best supports your claim.
The submission all the medical report which does not contain an actual physical
examination or even the submission of a medical treatises requires the board to
address the reports or the medical treatises. In a decision rendered by
Judge Bartley In Bowers v Shinseki NO. 11-3022 Judge Bartley was critical of the BVA’s
failure to address a medical treatises provided by the veteran.
The BVA held that such report was merely laypersons opinion. Judge Bartley held,
'As a layperson, the Veteran is not competent generally to render a probative opinion on a
medical matter. Mr. Bowers, however, was not offering his own subjective opinion as to the
growth rate of gallstones; he was repeating the data reported in professional
medical treatises he submitted. Certainly, a layperson is competent to report information
provided by a medical professional. Cf. Jandreau v. Nicholson, 492 F.3d 1372, 1377
(Fed. Cir.2007) (holding that a veteran is competent to repeat a
medical diagnosis and report observable symptoms).
In labeling the veteran's report of the growth rate of gallstones as incompetent lay
opinion, the Board avoided addressing the substance of the medical treatise
evidence Mr. Bowers submitted, just as the Board failed to address those treatises
directly. Thus, the Board's failure to address the medical treatise evidence that
was favorable to Mr.Bowers was not harmless. See Sanders and Caluza, both supra.
As such, remand is warranted.'"
You may learn more about Dr. Anaise by visiting his web site here.
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Do Your Homework!
When you arrive at the landing page for the BVA search function, use
words like 'IMO' and 'IME' and 'medical opinion' along with your claimed
condition to learn how the court views an IMO tied to a condition like yours.
For example, if you are researching how the BVA views the opinions
of expert disability doctors on degenerative arthritis of the hips, type in
'hip arthritis IMO medical opinion' and choose the years you want to
search. Remember that BVA decisions do not establish
precedence and just because a veteran prevailed in
an appeal similar to yours doesn't mean a chip shot for you.
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you'll meet here will be happy to review your
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PTSD Evaluations and Veteran Medical Opinions
Brett Valette, PhD
If you have served in any war from Viet Nam to Iraq and Afghanistan, and if you’ve had
any traumatic experience that is affecting you today, then you need to talk to me as
I can do a compassionate record review and Independent Veteran Medical
Opinion (IMO) based on your psychiatric issues.
I’m Dr. Brett Valette, a clinical psychologist and I’ve specialized in PTSD and
trauma evaluations for over 15 years. If it’s a combat trauma, or if you were
non-combat but experienced traumatic events, or if you were a victim of sexual trauma,
I want to help you because VA often mis-categorizes these serious PTSD
related issues as personality disorders.
If you were previously denied benefits, or you were labeled as “not fitting criteria” or if you
have not had a service connected condition, I can help you as I have 15 years
worth of experience with these types of veteran medical opinion related benefits.
Maybe you felt pressured upon your return to fill out your forms stating “I’m fine,” and now your
wife is going to leave you because you’re ‘acting crazy’ and your parents say,
“You aren’t the same person anymore.” So, in your records you have denied
any problems and there is no paper trail of treatment or symptoms.
You now feel you are ‘left out to dry’; abandoned by the military. I can help you.
Some Vets have worsening of their condition after they’re home for a few years. Suddenly
they find themselves living in isolation, sleeping with their gun, having angry outbursts at
their partners and even their children. The people who are important to you are now afraid
of you. When you leave your house you scan for danger, you plan escape routes
(even in McDonalds), ‘stupid drivers’ should be run off the road, and disrespect for
you is all around. You need to talk to me.
Maybe your service connected disability rating is too low. Things change.
Symptoms change. Stress and life pressure changes. Let me help you.
Some Vets have waited for months or years to get an evaluation. Then the doctor they see
is pressured and gets them “in and out.’ The interview was short and shallow, the final
report was incomplete and inadequate. And who has to live with the outcome? You do.
This will never happen if you want an evaluation with me.
I have been providing Independent Medical Opinions and Evaluations for over 15 years.
I specialize in PTSD, TBI, Post Concussive Disorder, Cognitive Impairments, and
Mood Disorders (depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety;
many of these symptoms are part of PTSD).
Call or email me and let’s talk. I want to help, and I can help. An effective, specialized
evaluation with a complete, compassionate, compelling, and clinically supported
report will absolutely positively impact your claim. I charge one flat fee for my
evaluation (phone, or computer), full review of your medical records, and a VA c
ompliant report that identifies the issues correctly so that the VA can rate your
benefits appropriately in the most advantageous way for you. ( n.b. The VA rules
state that the most advantageous rating is supposed to be assigned for each
patient based on the patient’s records and a veteran medical opinion.)
I also work with Dr. Bash who can also provide a collaborative and integrative
veteran medical opinion, physical exam, IME and expertly detailed report.
Thank you for your time and your trust in me,
Brett Valette, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist National Register Psychologist #54029
My web sites: www.globalhealthevaluations.com and www.Shrink911.net
My Email: email@example.com
Office: 303 465-3147
Dr. Craig Bash has been helping veterans with
independent medical opinions for over 20 years.
In that time, he has helped over 4000 veterans with over 40,000 claims with a high
success rate. He has hundreds of cases at the BVA, which can be searched under
the BVA search engine or found on his web site at www.veteransmedadvisor.com.
He has over 1000 name mentions at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).
He is an assistant Professor and invited lecturer at the Uniformed Services
University of the Health Sciences. He has been an expert witness for world class
medical systems such as the the VA and Johns Hopkins medical centers.
Additionally, he has 15 years of research experience at the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) where he studied experimental MRI imaging of neurologic disease.
He was previously a deputy doctor of medical services at the Paralyzed Veterans
of America (PVA) and he has done over 50 sites visits to the
VA's largest hospitals for quality of care purposes.
Dr. Bash has been 100% VA disabled since his 1984 spinal cord injury which
required a 5 month VA inpatient rehabilitation stay. Thus he is familiar with VA
care and rating system from a users prospective.
He also professional knows the private and government sector issues in quality
of care and how these care issues/diseases interface with the VA rating system.
The key to his success is his training, credentials, thoroughness and
experience with VA cases.
Craig N. Bash M.D., M.B.A.
Neuro-Radiologist and Associate Professor
Dr. Bash works hard to get veterans the Maximum Available
Benefits (MAB) for their disabilities. Some examples of his work are at the links below...