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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Thanks for the info Bergie! The question that I have is: I am rated at 20% for left Lumbar radiculopathy (which I am told is sciatica) I am rated 0% for right sciatica, I have filed for an increase for right sciatica because of bilateral issues. My buttocks hurt when walking for a period of time in which I have had to take time off work, because of the deman on constant walking. Will the va consider the bilatteral concept or am I going to have to fight them on this?.

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Thanks for the info Bergie! The question that I have is: I am rated at 20% for left Lumbar radiculopathy (which I am told is sciatica) I am rated 0% for right sciatica, I have filed for an increase for right sciatica because of bilateral issues. My buttocks hurt when walking for a period of time in which I have had to take time off work, because of the deman on constant walking. Will the va consider the bilatteral concept or am I going to have to fight them on this?.

Hey Postman,

Sorry I just got around to your question, I have to fine tune my notification system. Without knowing more about your claim I cannot say for sure if they will use the bi-lateral factor. I recommend that if you don't get the rating you want that you take your time and develope your claim. What I mean is that you have 1 year to file an appeal, so use the time wisely. I suggest you consult a neurologist to have a nerve conduction study and/or EMG. These tests will prove or disprove your claim. With them you have undisputable evidence that the VARO cannot argue with. Also, when you file the appeal ask for a DRO hearing, the hearing is the best way to win your case as it allows you to present your case and clarify any questions they have. I always ask for a hearing when it comes to appeals.

Hope this helps,

Bergie

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