Independent Medical Examination (IME)
There is nothing more important to the success of a claim than obtaining favorable medical evaluation reports. The VA, for one, has a battery of physicians at its disposal to evaluate a veteran’s physical and mental condition. In our opinion, these VA physicians tend to favor the government by writing reports unfavorable to a veteran’s claim. In this regard, veterans do not compete on a level playing field. While the VA has unlimited resources to obtain negative medical evidence, most veterans, on the other hand, are barely lucky enough just to pay for basic living expenses, let alone pay for costly medical examination opinions. It is no wonder that many veterans end up losing their claims because of negative VA medical opinion evidence. That is why the VLG can be of great assistance to veterans.
In most claims, the VLG will obtain medical examination reports for its clients to combat the VA’s arsenal of VA doctors. The VLG has achieved remarkable success with private medical opinions largely due to the quality of these medical reports. The VLG ensures the quality of these examination reports by following a careful procedure: namely, identifying the appropriate medical specialist to evaluate the veteran’s disability, sending a complete, but easily understood, written outline of the veteran’s case for the physician’s review, and securing and forwarding to the physician all relevant medical and non-medical information. The VLG pays for these opinions up front, and only asks for reimbursement if the veteran wins his case.
One of the most important strategies for winning your claim at the VA is to be sure to obtain additional medical opinion evidence to support your claim.
WE PROMISE TO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL MEDICAL OPINION EVIDENCE ON YOUR BEHALF, IF APPROPRIATE. WE WILL ALSO ADVANCE THE COSTS TO OBTAIN THIS MEDICAL OPINION EVIDENCE, AND THESE COSTS WILL ONLY BE SUBJECT TO REIMBURSEMENT IF YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL IN OBTAINING BENEFITS.
The So-Called Non-Adversarial VA Benefits System
The VA Disability Benefits System describes itself as non-adversarial, even claimant-friendly. By this description, the VA means that it will do everything reasonably possible to assist veterans in proving their disability claims. As a theory, this self-serving rhetoric plays well with the courts and Congress. However, for the most part, it does nothing for disabled veterans. In fact, the VA’s proclamations of paternalism can be misleading as it suggests that veterans can count on the VA to be their advocate. As a general rule, veterans should not rely upon the VA to protect their interests. This means that, instead of waiting for the VA to obtain valuable evidence, veterans should obtain this evidence on their own. It also means that veterans should always try to obtain a favorable medical report from their private physicians rather than rely upon the VA to obtain a medical report from one of its physicians.