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April 2020 Update: You're going to need an IMO.
When we apply for a disability benefit VA wants to see evidence in support of your claim. The evidence may be in personnel records or your DD-214 that shows where you've been and some of your accomplishments and VA will also look at any medical records that are available. Then VA will schedule to infamous C & P exam where an underqualified person will spend a few minutes completing one of those DBQ forms and send you on your way.
The C & P exam is the point at which most claims are lost because the examiner does a poor job of recording all the details and intricacies of your condition. Some exams are conducted by nurses and physician assistants who aren't well credentialed for the task but VA uses them and here we are.
If your claim is denied because of a poorly conducted C & P exam, you're going to enter that lengthy period where you have to appeal it all and eventually someone will tell you to go get an IMO done by an expert doctor.
The IMO is the piece of the puzzle that wins claims. Once you have a well written independent medical opinion in your claim it's almost impossible for VA to refute.
Yes...you have to pay for the IMO out of pocket and yes, it can be expensive. But you have to look at this as an investment in your future that will pay you back over and over as time goes by.
It was some 20 years ago when I was caught up in appeal after appeal and a friend suggested that I have an IMO done. I borrowed money for the fee and within a few months I had won the claims that I'd spent years trying to win.
The IMO works. You're going to need one eventually and it's simpler to have it done while you submit your claim than it is to wait for an appeal.
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An IMO is an Independent Medical Opinion. The opinion is usually a report that describes the experts review of pertinent records that include service and civilian medical records and any other records that may have an impact on the opinion.
The IMO is based on records provided to the reviewer by the client. There is rarely a face to face meeting as there is no physical exam required. The veteran client must provide adequate documentation for the expert to render an opinion.
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.
What does it cost?
GREAT question. Only the doctor you choose can answer that directly. Here's how it works...
Prices for work are set by each doctor for his or her own practice. There are no rules or regulations governing these fees, insurance doesn't play into the equation so the doctor can charge as much or as little as they wish.
You can barter, you can negotiate and in the end you'll have to pay for the work you need up front. Why do you have to pay in advance? Well, some people aren't as honest as you are and they'll try to stiff the doctor even if they win tens of thousands of dollars.
There is no refund if you lose. If the IMO doesn't seal the deal, then you have no recourse but to continue your appeal with the help of a lawyer. The IMO greatly improves the odds that you'll prevail but guarantees absolutely nothing.
We trust that the doctors you'll meet here are offering fair prices for their work product. Having said that, an IMO and the appropriate DBQs can mean that the doctor has to invest hours of time reading your records and writing reports and filling out DBQs. You already know that the time a doctor spends on you doesn't come cheap...of course there's a reason for that but that's another discussion.
How can you afford it? If you're like most of us, you can probably get a loan that covers medical procedures. There are finance companies out there that will help you pay for medical procedures and if your credit isn't totally broken, this may be what you need.
OK...I never recommend credit. I don't have a credit card and I don't borrow money. But I have when it was the right thing to do and getting your claim resolved with as little angst as possible is one of those moments.
If we assume that getting an IMO will help you to prevail and get there faster, we can plan that you'll use any new money to pay off the loan that you took for the IMO and you're a winner!
Should we have to do all this to be awarded the benefits we worked so hard for? No, of course not. But it is what it is so you may as well accept that and move ahead with your claims...and consider an IMO today!
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An IME is an Independent Medical Examination. This is a less frequently used option as face to face scheduling is required and the review of records and completion of DBQs is still required so the IME may add time and expense to your case. But if you don't have an accurate or clear diagnosis of a medical condition to claim as a disability, the IME may help you sort that detail out.
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