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VA Math: Combined Disability Ratings Explained

(1) Introduction: Ratings and the VA Rating Schedule

  • When and how does one receive a disability ratings?
  • Why does your rating matter? What are VA ratings based on?
  • How does the VA Rating Schedule work? What are diagnostic codes?
  • Who assigns disability ratings?
  • (2) What does it mean that VA rates “residuals”?

(3) VA Math: How to Calculate Combined Ratings

  • What if you have multiple VA-rated disabilities? How does VA combine ratings?
  • What is “efficiency” in the context of VA disability ratings?
  • (4) What is the bilateral factor?

(5) Rating Reductions & Increases

  • Can VA ratings be reduced or increased over time?
  • What are “staged ratings”?
  • What to do if VA proposes a rating reduction

Special Kinds of VA Disability Ratings

  • (6) Permanent and Total (P&T) Ratings
  • (7) Extraschedular Ratings
  • (8) Pyramiding
  • (9) Analagous Ratings
  • (10) Ratings for Secondary Service-Connected or Service-Aggravated Conditions

(11) How to Appeal a Rating Decisions

Also be sure to check out our 2018 VA Disability Calculator and VA Math Infographic!

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