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I looked through the CFR, but I am not sure about something. Do scars have to be a certain size AND be painful/unstable for a rating? The way I understood it, it seemed as if they either had to be a few inches in size OR be unstable OR be painful. Is that wrong?

The VA sent me to a C&P exam recently (without me asking believe it or not) because they saw that I had scars secondary to a SC condition. I have a 1.5 inch scar and four 2ish centimeter scars, which the VA described as secondary to a SC issue. The Dr. said "oh, they average about 2 centimeters", which I guess is accurate except for the bigger one. He did say that he was writing that they are all painful and unstable. I'm having trouble believing that I could possibly get 30% for 5 weee little scars that hurt and never seem to heal. Did I misunderstand the CFR? Thx

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On 5/11/2011 at 4:31 AM, Berta said:

The rating criteria for scars changed in 2008 and this 2010 BVA decision includes the newer criteria:

 

http://www.va.gov/vetapp10/files5/1040791.txt

 

If you have scars at a ratable level due to any SC condition, you should claim them and be properly compensated for them.

I had 20% for scars from prior knee surgery's on the same knee on 2009 and after my total  knee replacement on 12/30/2016 the VA took the 20% away and award me 0% because scars are covered in the knee replacement, I should have been rated 60% but the VA still has me at 40% The VSO said she has been seeing allot of this going on in the VA so she want me to file another claim just for scars alone for the knee since I just had another total knee replacement on the same knee this time the scar is 15 inches long and it took 67 staples to close the scar up, right now the scar it 1/2 inches wide and 15 inches long my knee looks like Frankenstein worked on me, lol 

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The rating criteria for scars changed in 2008 and this 2010 BVA decision includes the newer criteria:

http://www.va.gov/vetapp10/files5/1040791.txt

If you have scars at a ratable level due to any SC condition, you should claim them and be properly compensated for them.

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I was awarded 10% in Feb 2011 on my initial claim for a scar that I received back in 1992. I received a deep laceration on my right pinky finger from a field excercise. It still hurt to touch, i was told the laceration did not heal correctly and that is the reason for the raised skin and the discoloration.

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If you have a scar on your face that disfigures you that would be ratable. You could probably build TDIU out of that if the scar was large on the face. I know burn scars disfigure a person and might make it impossible to get a job.

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I have three rated scars. Two about 15" on each hip and one 9" on my knee. they are healed and look OK but are a little painful to the touch.

I am rated at 10% for each one. The C&P doctor just asked if they hurt and measured them, writing down the lengths.

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