|8520 Paralysis of:|
|Complete; the foot dangles and drops, no active movement possible of muscles below the knee, flexion of knee weakened or (very rarely) lost||80|
|Severe, with marked muscular atrophy||60|
I'm trying to understand the above schedule, if that is indeed what one would call it.
In the case where 80% is granted for the instance of "Complete", it is pretty evident what is required within that criteria.
However, for 60% and down to 10%, it is less clear to me. How is this criteria determined?
Assuming a diagnosis of nerve entrapment with severe degenerative disk disease and space narrowing at some junctures (deliberately ambigious here) with 20% or more disability awarded for same and assuming complete loss of knee reflex (not flexion) and, assuming that there is numbness with pain radiating to below the knee with tingling in the foot and occasional great toe aching, and assuming that the foot often refuses to raise in many cases while walking but expecially when trying to traverse stairs, up or down, some weakening in trying to bend the knee and/or the knee often gives way as if it were not there at all frequently, then how does this assumed criteria fit within the above schedule?
I've been trying to find something akin to the Spine Examination sheet shown at http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/exams/disexm53.htm .
But I can't seem to sort anyting out with what I can find on the net.
It has just been recently that I have begun to try to understand in detail what is wrong with me. If I don't know how to present it then I won't get the recognition needed for compenstaion. The VA is not going to come to me and say: "you have a condition that is compensatible, file this claim in this manner so we can help you".
I do have a "it is as likely as not" letter that describes, in detail, my symptoms and from what they are caused.
[And] I do have a secondary claim filed.
Can anybody tell me how that criteria in the above description and/or the descriptions given in 8520 from 60% to 10% is rated? Like I said, the first is obvious. However, the rest after that does not tell me what "Severe" is, or am I not applying the first criteria to the latter listings within the code?
Or, is "Severe" up to the C&P examiner's interpretation? "Moderately Severe"? , etc, etc, what are they and how are they gauged?
Thank you in advance of any replies.