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Guest terrysturgis


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I have studied the post on VA Math and I believe my new percentage is OK but if the experts would check my wife would feel better.

DMII 20%

Lower left leg neuropathy 20%

Lower right leg neuropathy 20%

Upper left arm neuropathy 10%

Upper right arm neuropathy 10%

Tinnitus 10%

Total 70%

I'm not sure where the bilaterial factor applies. All the neuropathy claims are bilaterial. I have a NOD pending on HBP as secondary to DMII.

It has been a long battle that was won with the help of Y'all. A couple of years ago I could'nt begin to spell neuropathy. THANKS! Terry Sturgis

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You are actually at 67%, which rounds to 70%.

Combine the bilaterals first: 20 c 20 = 38 c 10 =44 c 10=50 + 10%

is 55% c 20 = 63 c 10 =67%. (c=combine).

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I am so lost on figuring out the Bilateral component of a rating. I have a bilateral issue with a 30% knee and both ankles at 10% each. What is the final number?

Here is the listing;

30% Asthma

30% L Knee

20% R Shoulder

20% L Spine

10% HPB

10% Tinitus

10% C Spine

10% Anxiety

10% L Ankle

10% R Ankle

10% GERD, Striture

10% Excema




Subpart A_General Policy in Rating

Sec. 4.26 Bilateral factor.

When a partial disability results from disease or injury of both

arms, or of both legs, or of paired skeletal muscles, the ratings for

the disabilities of the right and left sides will be combined as usual,

and 10 percent of this value will be added (i.e., not combined) before

proceeding with further combinations, or converting to degree of

disability. The bilateral factor will be applied to such bilateral

disabilities before other combinations are carried out and the rating

for such disabilities including the bilateral factor in this section

will be treated as 1 disability for the purpose of arranging in order of

severity and for all further combinations. For example, with

disabilities evaluated at 60 percent, 20 percent, 10 percent and 10

percent (the two 10's representing bilateral disabilities), the order of

severity would be 60, 21 and 20. The 60 and 21 combine to 68 percent and

the 68 and 20 to 74 percent, converted to 70 percent as the final degree

of disability.

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The computation goes like this; you ALWAYS compute the bilateral factors first:

30 C 10 = 37, C 10 = 43, + 10%(4.3) = 47.3 (rounded).

47 C 30 = 62, C 20 = 70, C 20 = 76, C 10 = 78, C 10 = 80,

C 10 = 82, C 10 = 84, C 10 = 86, C 10 = 87.

You are actually at 87.3%, which rounds to 90%, whixh is what you should be getting. You need 8 more 10s to get to 100%, or any combination that adds up to 80 more percentages.

If the conditions exist, the best way is to concentrate on matching existing conditions to increase your bilateral factor. This means you should file for increases in those things already included in bilateral, and if you have problems with the complementary extremities, file claims for them too.

e.g. Since you are getting 30% for the left knee, it is likely that the right knee is bearing extra weight, and could give problems. If the right shoulder problem is related to the cervical spine problem, then maybe there is radiculopathy that affects both shoulders.

Good luck.

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Thanks for the help! I have a sleep apnea and have a CPAP prescribed so I have heard it could be 50%, if they SC it and agree with the diagnosis. Then the shoulder and neuroapthy issues may help with a 20% and then it is the hiaital hernia and Raynauds...... so will have to see.

Again thanks:)

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