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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
I am 100% IU for over 21 years (degenerative arthritis, lumbar strain, ruptured disc, inner body fusion
with pedicle rods/screws) plus SMC-S (60% cervical arthritis, radiculopathy of both upper extremities-
with crippled drawn hands, no grip, no strength).
I was recently granted in OCT 2022 100%PT with elgibility to SAH (loss of use of lower extremities)
due to radiculopathy, stress fractures - shin splints (residual), arthritis, flexion, extension, instability.
I was NOT given any increase in my pay- I was under the understanding that loss of use should
be inferred automatically to SMC-L….but was not for me.
The decision did say there was a compensation issue on appeal that would be reviewed according to
AMA guidelines. (Their VA doctor said I in fact need A/A due to ADL’s (3) due to the radiculopathy, IVDS-
cervical arthritis, helplessness) Should I have be bumped with the new ratings to SMC-L or L1/2 or is
it necessary to wait on this compensation issue the judge was talking about. (Which I guess I don’t have
a choice but to wait) What should I be rated at? Should I be receiving SMC-L or more? Why wasn’t
SMC -L automatically given?
MY current RATINGS:
100% IU PT
60% SMC -S
100% PT Loss of use of LE
Thank you kindly-any advice is appreciated.
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