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    • Hi All!  So i filed a claim for secondary condition of Arthritis of my hips beginning of June 2016 and just checked ebenefits and seen that it said not service connected. I must mention that Iam service connected for 8 of my major joints  with arthritis for the exact same condition but denied for my  hips.  I didn't have a C&P exam for my hips but did for the other eight major joints that was done in 2014.  When they didn't call me for a C&P for my hips I was thinking that they have all the information they needed other than the doctor notes from my x ray showing that I also have arthritis in my hips.  They have all the other documents in from 2013/2014 claim so I didn't think they needed anything else. I was wrong!  I'm still waiting to get the official notice in the mail.    I need help in understanding  what I need to do in this particular situation.  I will be filing a NOD.  Any advice is welcomed!!   Thanks for reading! One other thing is I do have records showing  I had arthritis of my hips back before I filed the claim for the other major joints but I just didn't file the claim at that time.   
    • Congratulations! It took me more than 25 years of fighting to get VA to rate me 100%, so I know how it feels! You are a inspiration to other veterans!
    • Understood. Thanks!
    • Oh  okay  As Only a suggestion here What you may want to do is take any evidence you have to your C&P and place it in a folder that is easy access to you  in case you need to show the examiner,? Usually the Examiner reads all your information off the computer  but some times they don't read all or enough if the information of   records and Dr's Opinions ect,,,ect,,  so take this with you  Just In Case you need it. Be honest with your answers and look the examiner in the eye when he addresses you.
    • Thanks Buck, I have my first VA C&P exam on Tuesday for both claims. Other than asking me to correct my bank routing number and dependants statement, they have asked for nothing from me.





Old 5311

Service Connected Osteoarthritis And Degenerative Joint Disease

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The VA just determined the following conditions are related to my military service, so connection has been granted:

Degenerative joint disease cervical spine, assigned 10%.

Degenerative joint disease, lumbar spine, assigned 10%.

Osteoarthritis, Left Shoulder, assigned 10%.

Osteoarthritis, Right Shoulder, assigned 10%.

Osteoarthritis, Left Hip, assigned 10%.

Osteoarthritis, Right Hip, assigned 10%.

Osteoarthritis, Left Wrist, assigned 10%.

Osteoarthritis, Right Wrist, assigned 10%.

Osteoarthritis, Left knee, assigned 10%.

Osteoarthritis, Right knee, assigned 10%.

TOTAL 10%

Can this possibly be correct? I am crippled, and have continuous pain, even lying down. I cannot stand, walk or take stairs. The VA knows all this.

My hunch is they are waiting on attrition!

Someone please explain this decision to me or advise.

Thank You.

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The bright side of this is that the various conditions are now service connected. So, you can ask for higher ratings and TDIU due to the multiple SC conditions. The VA often "low balls" original compensation claims. A notice of disagreement (NOD) is one way, and perhaps the first of several steps. You should, if eligible, also file for SSDI. An SSDI approval for SC connected conditions is extremely useful, and will help substantiate your claim.

As for a detailed description of how and why the VA assigned the various 10% ratings, a look at the VA's disability/compensation schedule will provide some idea. You should ask the VA for an "SOC" and the details concerning the way they assigned the 10% ratings. (If they have not already given you that information.) You will need to conduct most of the research and so forth personally. This helps provide a rationale for the NOD.

The VA just determined the following conditions are related to my military service, so connection has been granted:

Degenerative joint disease cervical spine, assigned 10%.

Degenerative joint disease, lumbar spine, assigned 10%.

Osteoarthritis, Left Shoulder, assigned 10%.

Osteoarthritis, Right Shoulder, assigned 10%.

Osteoarthritis, Left Hip, assigned 10%.

Osteoarthritis, Right Hip, assigned 10%.

Osteoarthritis, Left Wrist, assigned 10%.

Osteoarthritis, Right Wrist, assigned 10%.

Osteoarthritis, Left knee, assigned 10%.

Osteoarthritis, Right knee, assigned 10%.

TOTAL 10%

Can this possibly be correct? I am crippled, and have continuous pain, even lying down. I cannot stand, walk or take stairs. The VA knows all this.

My hunch is they are waiting on attrition!

Someone please explain this decision to me or advise.

Thank You.

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Are you saying they totalled all this and gave you 10% ?????

also did any consider the bilateral factor?

if you are not working did you formally apply for TDIU?

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Let's see:

10 X 10 = 10

People keep asking me, "Why is the VA so SCREWED UP?"

The above is a perfectly good example, I would think.

I'd be willing to bet that they can't do much better with adding or subtracting, either. :lol:

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Chuck75 and Berta,

Thanks for the replies. You are exactly right all those add up to 10%. I did get a Statement Of Claim, but do not know about a bilateral factor. I could get 20% if a group of joints were affected. You are right I got low-balled. I have deformity and have lost 2" of height. Also wearing VA issue braces on the legs. Two VA doctors knew my condition was SC and made the notes. They gave the civilian doctors statements credibility. My employer has given me Special Accomodation so I'm thankful for that.

Regards "Old 5311"

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•The decision was a disappointing surprise. I am living with a service connected disabling handicap with continuous pain. I cannot stand, walk or take steps. This condition increases my PTSD symptoms. Their decision is for only 10%. Do you have any thoughts or advice on this? Page no. 7 says a 20% evaluation is not warranted unless X-ray evidence shows involvement of two or more major joint groups with incapacitating exacerbations of flexion limited to 30 degrees; or evidence of limitation of abduction lost beyond 10 degrees. This disability is very hard to live with, the limitations are endless. I would think it should be 40-60%.

R/"Old 5311"

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