john's wife wrote: Can anyone explain to me why/how it's a 'combined rating' for 100%?
Is it worth it for me to appeal any of these decisions?? John can't get higher than 100%??
Peripheral Neuropathy, right upper extremity 50% rationale--levels of DDT found in water which has a direct link of having side effects of
Depressive disorder, 50% (secondary to PN)
PN, left upper extremity 40%
PN, left lower extremity 30%
PN, right lower extremity 30%
Hepatic Steatosis 20% (50/50 probability) caused by or a result of exposure to toxins/waterborne contaminants at Camp LeJeune. rationale -- you have had exposure to contaminants that are known hepatoxins and are known to cause hepatic steatosis.
No, it is not worth appealing for anything more. When you appeal, they can actually look at things more critically and you'd risk them possibly adjusting/lowering the percentage that John already has. Besides, the highest SC percentage is 100%.
If John were to be granted a disability for the blurry vision and chronic fatigue syndrome, it would not change the disability award amount that he just received. Being a 100% SC Vet, John is eligible for VA care for just about everything that he needs, including for his vision, chronic fatigue, etc.
The reason it does not add up (50% + 40% + 30% +30 % + 20%) to 100% is something called "stacking", whereas some of the disabilities overlap and some are rated the same, so all or part of the % of each condition may not be added in to the grand total.
John should get some extra money figured into the monthly allotment for having a spouse.
Overall, this is very good news for John!
Wish him well!!!