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Can You Claim Scars?



I saw someone posted that they were awarded 30% for scarring from multiple surgeries. Do you have to claim them specifically or will they note that in the C&P exam and automatically give it to you? I have had two stomach surgeries and two back surgeries all in the same areas.

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To get an idea of what to expect when you file claims for scars, Google and review 38 CFR part 4.118.

Also, Google and review VA form 21-960F-1. This is the VA DBQ for scars.

Hope this helps. Good luck to you and thank you for your service.


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And check our VA Schedule of Ratings here under scars.

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I am rated for the Scars, but I never asked for it, did not even know the VA rated that at the time. I have 15 surgeries while I was active including having MRSA cut out of me 7 times, and apparently the VA said I have a lot of large scars that wont heal completely, or something like that. I have heard of other Vets getting 0-10%, but I am the first that I know of that got that high of a SC %. Sorry to hear of your health issues. Remember that you can always file for any condition that you feel was due to SC issues. Good luck and God Bless!!!!

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Having been down the road concerning scars from surgery related to an SC'd condition - - -

The major considerations for a 'well healed" scar are surface area, and pain or discomfort. Appearance becomes

important when the scars are "disfiguring".

Major Surgery scars can usually be argued as deep scars, since they generally go through multiple layers of tissue

muscle, and with such things as CABG, even involve cutting bone. Skin glands (sweat, oil, etc.) can be involved, and

periodically cause discoloration, irritation, itching, and even pain.

Some time ago, there was a change in the scar regs that added 0%, and reduced scars that would have been rated under the old reg at 10%

to 0%.

The scar regs are so complex that I doubt anyone actually gets them right!

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Well I have scars rated for me one in the middle of my throat and a second across the side of my nose. Make sure somewhere in your evidence it's least how big the scars are and if they bother you such as pain or itchyness and if they are disfiguring. I am rated 30% for the accumulation of my scars on my face and body. But then again I had to appeal the service   Connection at first. So yes definately file!

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