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Knee Ratings/Potential Reconsideration

Lukedarius20

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Friends,

I am in the MEB process and have just received my proposed rating. Of course, my QTC exam is very inaccurate. 10 of 12 pages have errors. The VA rated me at 10% for each knee. I do feel that this is very "under-rated" (I have severe arthritis in both knees, and have had 6 surgeries to attempt cartilage repair with no luck). I have had several appointments with my orthopedic surgeon and he is in agreement that the DBQ is not accurate. Would it be beneficial to have my surgeon fill out a DBQ? Or would it be better to upload documentation explaining the symptoms/severity in hopes of an increase in rating for knees only?
 

Guardguy11

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Mobility issues are really difficult to get a good rating on. Having your surgeon fill out a DBQ and submitting that as evidence for VARR will definitely help, but it's not guaranteed.
 

Lukedarius20

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Mobility issues are really difficult to get a good rating on. Having your surgeon fill out a DBQ and submitting that as evidence for VARR will definitely help, but it's not guaranteed.
Thank you for the good info and timely response!
I would really like to get to the 30% threshold for retirement eligibility benefits since my knees are going to be an ongoing problem. Would a diagnosis of ankylosis in both knees potentially get me there for knees? Or what would you recommend to submit for higher rating increase?
 

Guardguy11

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Thank you for the good info and timely response!
I would really like to get to the 30% threshold for retirement eligibility benefits since my knees are going to be an ongoing problem. Would a diagnosis of ankylosis in both knees potentially get me there for knees? Or what would you recommend to submit for higher rating increase?
As far as ratings go, I would go to the site www.militarydisabilitymadeeasy.com

It will guide you what percentage of disability you can expect based on your ROM. I haven't looked at the joints and mobility VA schedule in a bit but I believe ankylosis to both knees should get you to 30%.

As for the higher rating question, I would use that website as well as the VA rating schedules to guide you. They are the proverbial line in the sand to make that judgement.
 
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