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I have 2 scars, one is on my neck and another on my face. They are from 2 seperate and different operations. The VA has rated them together as 10%. Should they be rated seperately because they were from different operations or is this considered "pyramiding"? Thanks for any insight or advice.

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This veteran received 30% for facial scars:


Although the CUE claim had no merit- it shows that facial scars have a different rating criteria than other types of scars.

Also this claim shows how the 7800 Diagnostic code is used to determine percentage for facial scars.


You said VA rated them together-

did they say that one was non-compensable and the other was 10% or did they combine 2 10% ratings?

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The rating decision just reads "the scars on the neck and mouth area are rated at 10%" I had to appeal to get that rating, since the scar on my neck is very large. I thought that they would each have seperate ratings (10% and 0%) since they were from seperate operations. I don't know what to do next? Can I appeal an appeal? I really just want them to be rated seperatly since they were from different operations--is there an easier way to get them to review it without appealing the entire case again? Thanks for your help and information!

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I assume that this decision came within the year and you have appeal rights to NOD it?

You could, instead file a Reconsideration Request and ask them to reconsider the 10% for both scars and send them any evidence at all (and PHOTOS) that support these 2 scars should be independently rated as to the criteria for scars in the regs (disfiguring, size of, lack of full healing, painful etc etc-)

Make sure they used the correct diagnostic code and study those BVA cases and any others you find as to how to show independent ratings are warranted.

I have a local vet with an enormous painful scar due to a VA surgical problem.He filed Section 1151 claim.

We attached to the claim(and also I made letterheads of-for subsequent VA correspondence) a 4 x 6 photo of his stomach where the scar is and looks just awful and is about a foot in diameter from the surgery screw up.Looks like he got shot instead of a VA operation.

But watch the year for the NOD and dont let that slip away because a reconsideration request does not alter the NOD appeal timeframe.

It could go a little faster-as a reconsideration-but then again maybe not-

I filed reconsideration request in June 2006 and they are still playing around with this claim-- so I had to file the NOD for this the last week of June-

even though they had told me a decision was pending on the reconsideration request.

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Thank you for your insight. I think I will first request a reconsideration since this is already the result of the first appeal to the DRO, and go from there. In the write up, they seem to associate both scars with 1 operation, when in fact, they were seperate operations--hopefully they see it that way too ;) .

To answer your question, yes the decision just came back--only after 15 months from submission of the appeal. So I will put the paperwork in the mail first thing tomorrow and mark 1 year from this date to ensure I don't miss the year to file the disagreement paperwork. Thanks again for your help, I appreciate it!

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