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  1. I'm not actually asking about pyramiding ... the claim for my knee should be 20% because of the meniscus not in addition too ... I wasn't sure originally if the VA would rate in addition to arthritis but only want the correct rating and to understand how/why the rating was given or not whichever is the case.
  2. Thanks Broncovet. I have all sorts of IMO/IMEs documented. The other thing is also they noted pain in ROM but didn't indicate at what point in the ROM that the pain started so that the ROM limitation was accurate. I have already requested a higher-level review to see if they will adjust the knees and my IVDS/DDD because they didn't consider my straightening lordosis diagnosis documented in the C&P, only arthritis.
  3. The surgeries didn't correct the issues, only cleaned up the debris and hanging edges of the tears. The main issues of locking, pain etc still exist. I wasn't sure if arthritis and meniscus would be pyramiding or considered 2 different conditions. Thanks for the info Paul.
  4. I got a decision letter from a recent claim I submitted and it does explain for the most part how they reached their decision. If I am reading it correctly, I believe that they left out several important things when applying the rating: For example, I have a 2 claims, one for each knee. I'll post thee Right Knee as both are the exact same issue as I've had meniscus tears and scope surgery on both, 2x on Left and 1x on Right). They only gave me Arthritis for each knee at 10%. Shouldn't that be at least 20% because there are meniscus tears, popping out etc. or should it be 10% for arthritis and 20% for meniscus on both? Here's what my decision letter has: Here is what my C&P wrote:
  5. I did get a decision letter and it does explain for the most part how they reached their decision. I found that they left out several things when applying the rating: For instance, I have a 2 claims, one for each knee. I'll post thee Right Knee as both are the exact same issue as I've had meniscus tears and scope surgery on both, 2x on Left and 1x on Right). They only gave me Arthritis for each knee at 10%. Shouldn't that be at least 20% because there are meniscus tears, popping out etc on both? Here's what my decision letter has: Here is what my C&P wrote:
  6. I am actually aware of what goes into the VA individual condition rating ... what I was/am looking for is to see if the va would provide the actual breakdown like my original post shows so that it shows exactly how they achieved the final combined rating, not the individual condition ratings.
  7. Hey Paul ... I use eBenefits all the time as well and am very familiar with the "VA Math". I wish they did annotate which conditions were considered as bilateral in nature specifically. I was just curious was there some way to actually get the VA to provide the breakdown of the exact calculation they used to arrive at the final combined rating percentage. Without know exactly how they arrived at the calculation they arrived at, there's no way to double check and make sure you are getting an accurate rating.
  8. Right ... the post I used as an example was just numbers I put there for sake of discussion ... my own numbers are more complicated which is why I was trying to figure out if they provide the actual calculation. For example my numbers are: 20% - original disability for chronic lower lumbar strain Latest decision added these conditions: 10% - Left Knee Arthritis 10% - ddd, cervical spine, with spinal stenosis and IVDS 10% - Right Knee Arthritis 0% - Bilateral hearing loss 20% - Right shoulder s/p arthroscopy with subacromial decompression and excision of distal clavical due to shoulder impingement 0% - Right shoulder surgery scars 20% - radiculopathy right upper extremity 20% - radiculopathy left upper extremity So there are several potential bilateral elements but not knowing exactly what they do then it's hard to see how the get their number.
  9. Hey Buck ... thanks for responding. Yeah I did have all of the info on "VA Math" rounding up/down etc, including the bilateral factor situation but I am curious how we can tell whether they made any errors with the calculation without having their exact process like I showed in the OP.
  10. Does anyone know if you can request that the VA provide you with the actual calculation they did to arrive at their final combined rating? Something like this: Bilateral Conditions 20% Right Shoulder Condition 10% Left Knee Condition 10% Right Knee Condition Bilateral Conditions Results = 20% + 10% = 28% + 10% = 35% + 3.5% Bilateral Factor = 38.5 (39%) Bilateral Conditions 39% Tinnitus 10% Jaw 10% Combined Rating = 39% + 10% = 45% + 10% = 51% (51% Final Combined Rating)
  11. Does anyone know if you can request that the VA provide you with the actual calculation they did to arrive at their final combined rating? Something like this: 10% Left Knee Condition
  12. Hey Mega ... I got 80% which I'm very excited about. I have several outstanding elements that are still being reviewed to go so hopefully it will go higher.
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