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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Important Update for Nonmedical Evidence Letters

​If you are providing your counsel with nonmedical evidence letters supporting your contentions for a pending PEB case, please be sure that these letters are not substantially identical to each other.  Letters that appear to be similar or identical will not be given much weight by board members.  I realize that many prospective witnesses may […]

Why You Should Document ALL of Your Upper Extremity Injuries

​When you suffer an injury to your arm, be sure to adequately document all the injuries to this extremity as it is possible for injuries to the elbow, forearm, and wrist to each be assigned separate disability evaluations.  That is because the VA views the various planes of motion of these joints to be clinically […]

Obtaining Two Distinct Ratings for Knee Injuries

Many service members do not know that it is possible to receive two distinct ratings for knee injuries without it being viewed as pyramiding.  The VA Office of General Counsel has determined that you may receive separate disability ratings for both limitation of flexion and limitation of extension in the knee joint as these conditions […]

Key Tip for Ankle Injuries

​Most service members (and attorneys) do not know how the VA evaluates loss of motion as either “marked” or “moderate” under DC 5271.  It is actually very straightforward. Marked limitation of motion in the ankle is found when you have less than 5 degrees dorsiflexion or less than 10 degrees plantar flexion.  Moderate limitation of […]

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