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Hi everyone,

I have a question about the ratings for facial scars if anyone is familiar. The reg states "With visible or palpable tissue loss and either gross distortion or asymmetry of three or more features or paired sets of features (nose, chin, forehead, eyes (including eyelids), ears (auricles), cheeks, lips). 

 

My question is, what is their definition of gross distortion? Does that mean just an obvious, visible scar? Also, what about the top of my scalp? the scalp is not listed as a "feature" so if I have a big scar on my Cheek, forehead, and scalp is that 3 features or only 2 features?

 

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My face from collar up to cheek bones is scarred from bad cystic acne.  Easily 50% of my face.  The VA Doc denied me, the QTC second opinion disagreed with her and I was low balled at 10%.  Got a third opinion from a Dr. I hired who suggested based on VA ratings 50%.  Have another VA C&P next week by VA for re-eval.  I'd guess an increase from 10%, but who knows with the VA docs.  They may decrease me for the hell of it.  Then I'll get another opinion to overrule them again.  They are painful, palpable, discolored, and well documented in my records.  I'll let you know how it goes.

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8 minutes ago, El Train said:

My face from collar up to cheek bones is scarred from bad cystic acne.  Easily 50% of my face.  The VA Doc denied me, the QTC second opinion disagreed with her and I was low balled at 10%.  Got a third opinion from a Dr. I hired who suggested based on VA ratings 50%.  Have another VA C&P next week by VA for re-eval.  I'd guess an increase from 10%, but who knows with the VA docs.  They may decrease me for the hell of it.  Then I'll get another opinion to overrule them again.  They are painful, palpable, discolored, and well documented in my records.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Did you have to prove the acne was service connected first?

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"Distortion" is an example of a "judgement call" made by the decision maker.  Did your doc mention "distortion"?  

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3 minutes ago, broncovet said:

"Distortion" is an example of a "judgement call" made by the decision maker.  Did your doc mention "distortion"?  

Not sure. But all the scars checked off almost all the boxes of the 8 characteristics for rating scars. I guess the rater can just look at all the pictures. 

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On 3/1/2019 at 4:22 PM, ed33 said:

Did you have to prove the acne was service connected first?

Aggravated, yes.  It's well documented in my records as when it started and treatments.

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