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I,M 30% FOR RIGHT SHOULDER,I'VE JUST COMPLETED MAJOR SURGERY ON MY LEFT SHOULDER DUE TO OVERUSE.

HOW WOULD THE BILATERAL FACTOR APPLY TO ME?

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gousto, are sc'd for your left shoulder? If not you could probably get it sc'd secondary to your right shoulder for overuse.

§ 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.

I,M 30% FOR RIGHT SHOULDER,I'VE JUST COMPLETED MAJOR SURGERY ON MY LEFT SHOULDER DUE TO OVERUSE.

HOW WOULD THE BILATERAL FACTOR APPLY TO ME?

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