I'm currently SC for 20% left knee and 0% right shoulder and I'm going back in for a re-evaluation in the next month or so. Since my last evaluation I've needed knee surgery to remove bone fragments and have more cartilege removed. I've also gotten an MRI stating that I have tears in my right shoulder and probably need surgery (waiting to see the surgeon before getting the final answer). I've heard that doctors write the reports and a civilian determines the % of disability by following written guidelines. Where can I find those guidelines? It would be hard to know if I got the proper SC disability rating if I don't know how they base their findings.
One other question. I mentioned that I'm 20% SC for left knee. My right knee has been causing me trouble the last few years. I do not have any written documentation in my medical records about my right knee. I believe the problem is because I tend to favor my right knee now due to my injured left knee. I'm a police officer and spend a LOT of time on my feet and think that years of putting my weight (285 lbs) on my right knee has caused it problems. Can I argue that my kinjured left knee is causing my right knee to hurt? Does anyone think it's a valid arguement I can win?