An independent medical examination (IME) is one of the best tools you have while seeking VA disability benefits. Unlike the Compensation and Pension Exam, an independent medical examination is performed by a doctor with no connection to the VA.
Continue reading to learn why your disability attorney may recommend an independent medical examination. For more information, call our office to learn how our disability lawyers can help you get the benefits you deserve. It is our goal to help you gain all the knowledge you need for your case.
Appeal VA Decisions
If your claim for VA benefits has been denied, call one of our disability lawyers today. We’ll be able to help you appeal the VA’s decision by getting an independent medical examination. The VA relies heavily on medical records and other evidence relating to your service connected disability. Since an independent medical examination is obtained from someone besides your family doctor, the VA puts more stock in the evidence it presents.
Show Extent of Disability
It’s not enough to prove you have a service connected disability. You also have to have evidence that it affects your ability to work and live a normal life. Fortunately, our disability lawyers will be able to get you in touch with a doctor that specializes in independent medical examinations. That way, you can have peace of mind knowing that the report was written by someone who knows VA language and standards.
Prove Service Connected Disability
If the original medical exam from the VA wasn’t favorable, you’ll want to schedule a consultation with one of our disability lawyers. A VA disability attorney will be able to get you in touch with a doctor that specializes in independent medical examinations.
Our attorneys will make sure the report has the correct legal wording to support your VA disability claim. The medical evidence in the report can be used to connect your disability to military service.
Get an Independent Opinion
The Compensation and Pension Exam is performed by a doctor paid by the VA. While we understand VA doctors do their best to be impartial, there is still a conflict of interest between doing what is best for patients and what is best for their employer. Likewise, the VA will view an exam from your primary care physician as being biased because your doctor has a personal interest in keeping you as a patient.
An IME doctor doesn’t have this conflict of interest because they don’t work for you or the VA. In fact, an IME doctor is someone who has never treated you before, which means they’ll be able to remain objective.
If you aren’t sure whether an independent medical exam is right for you, contact one of our disability lawyers today. We have your best interests in mind, which means you can count on us to secure the best outcome for your case.
Our Kalamazoo disability lawyers fight aggressively for your rights so you can get the compensation you deserve for service connected disability. To learn how to file or appeal your claim for VA disability, call 1-844-VET-LAWS.