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The Key for Getting Fair VA Disability Decisions
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  • Vets Mistakenly Think a VA Doctor's Diagnosis & Percentages Are Fair and Final 
  • Vets Can't Find a Physician Trained in Legal Medicine to Support Their Claims 

  • VA Disability Icon As a professor of Legal Medicine, I have noticed that many veterans from across the nation have problems getting their service connected injuries, illnesses and consequential conditions accepted and, if accepted, assigned the correct percentages of disability.

    I was flabbergasted that a VA doctor denied a Korean War veteran's obvious claims for hearing loss from being in the artillery, frostbitten feet, and a torn thigh muscle. The VA doctor wrote that three years in the artillery did not contribute to his noise induced hearing loss and that he did not know if it was cold in Korea! He did not even exam the obviously ruptured leg muscle! This unfair abuse made me so angry that I drove 200 miles and examined the vet in his home where he was dying from cancer. As a Vietnam vet I did not charge for my medical report or the full day out of my office.

    Unfortunately, Legal Medicine is not taught in medical schools. As I teach physicians I have found that many mistakenly think that VA's causation criteria "As Likely as Not" is the same as criminal law, "beyond a reasonable doubt". "As Likely as Not" is the physician's medical opinion based upon their education, training and experience, and their examination of the patient and medical records.

    The VA routinely denies disability claims because there are no in service medical records and the veteran did provide a medical opinion report. There are many reasons service man or women are reluctant to see a doctor. In addition, often the in service medical notes are not extensive. This denial is overcome by the veteran telling their doctor their medical history and then the doctor providing their expert medical opinion report.

    Our veterans served our country. They do not have to accept incorrect VA denials and disability rating percentages. Ellis Clinic offers to help by providing Expert Medical Opinion Reports proving the veteran's injuries, illnesses and consequential conditions are service connected and by providing fair and correct disability percentages.

    God Bless,

    John W. Ellis, M.D.
    Captain, U.S. Army, Flight Surgeon - Vietnam


    VA Disability Claims Require a Medical Nexus Report

    What Is a Nexus Report?

    A nexus report is a medical causation report where your physician provides the medical explanation of how your injuries or conditions are service connected. Unfortunately for our Vets, we have observed that many VA physicians, Physician Assistants and Nurse Assistants are not knowledgeable that the VA Disability law is supposed to be fair to vets.

    Here's an example we've heard so many times, a Vet injures his knee and has to have cartilage surgery.
    I got 10% for my knee injury!
    Nope! You Got Screwed!  Your knee is 30%.

    What happened here is the VA examiner did not check for the laxity in the ligament that commonly occurs due to the loss of the cartilage.  The ligament looseness exam is slight, moderate or severe laxity and is rated at 10%, 20% or 30%.

    Cost: $600 for up to 4 claims ($150 each additional claim.)

    Examples: Back + Right Knee + Left Knee + Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) + PTSD = 5 Claims = $600 Usually when a body part also has nerve injury it is treated as one claim. Back with sciatica into right leg is one claim, if into both right and left legs it is 2 claims. Wrist sprain and carpal tunnel median nerve injury would be 1 claim.


    VA Medical Exam Aids

    VA Medical Report Example with Ratings
    A report with several injuries and conditions with ratings and percentages

    VA Joint Range of Motion Worksheet with Spinal Rating Codes & Percentages
    With VA normal ranges of motion plus Spinal Rating Codes and Percentages

    Index to VA Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQ)
    VA worksheets with requirements for a medical report
    C&P Service Clinician's Guide

    Additional VA instructions and worksheets
    VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities

    VA Diagnosis Codes and Rating Percentages

    Information Handouts
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    VA Disability Problems


    Schedule Awards & Impairment Ratings


    How to File a Federal Workers' Comp Claim


    Video Surveillance & Harassment


    Your Right to Pick Your Doctor


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    Medical Travel Payments