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usmc99oc 
70% ? 
Lead  
If I'm at 70% right now and get a 30% for another disability,
What would it be at the VA math for a combine rating???
Thanks in advance






Ground Pounder  #1  
79 rounded up for a 80% rating.




RLTW64  #2  
Ground Pounder wrote: + 1 RLTW
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Cav1Sgt  #3  
Assuming that you are at 70 and no rounding has occurred that is correct.
If you are at 65 and then a 30 = 76 and a combined rating of 80% If you are at 74 and then a 30 = 82 and still a combined rating of 80% points in between change the computations but not the combined rating. Each rating restarts the computations from the beginning. You don't start from the combined rating that you had.
Cav1Sgt 



.  #4  
Posts: 3059 Jul 27 12 2:47 AM 
As an example.
I'm rated at 70%. This comes from the following. 40% lumbar DDD 20 % radiculopathy lower left leg 20% radiculitis lower left leg 10% GERD 10% tinnitus Combined that gives me a 68.896% which is rounded up to 70% Add in a 30% 40% lumbar DDD 30% mystery 20 % radiculopathy lower left leg 20% radiculitis lower left leg 10% GERD 10% tinnitus That gives me a combined 78.2272% which is rounded up to 80%. Now if you want to see the kicker. If that 30% is instead a 50%. 50% mystery 40% lumbar DDD 20 % radiculopathy lower left leg 20% radiculitis lower left leg 10% GERD 10% tinnitus Gives a combined rating of 84.448% rounded DOWN to 80% It's really important to know how you got to 70%. 



Cav1Sgt  #5  
Streetwalker,
As pointed out previously, there are no decimals as the process is carried out. They are resolved at each step of the process in determining the combined rating. With the exception of the 10% additional for bilaterals they are not used and once the bilateral factor is determined it is rounded and added to those disabilities that are bilaterals. The official way of determining the rating is to use the table found in the CFR. Hutsky's calculator rounds at all of the points required and does not carry decimals forward, thus providing an accurate combined rating. From the combined rating table: 50 + 40 = 70 70 + 20 = 76 76 + 20 = 81 81 + 10 = 83 83 + 10 = 85 Combined Rating of 90 Ain't that a kicker? Not sure whose calculator you used, but regardless, the official numbers are derived from the Combined Rating Table in 38 CFR and FWIW, Hutsky's calculator agrees.
Cav1Sgt 



MiltStar  #6  
70% plus a new 30% results in 80% regardless of the possible rates fron 65 to 74,
Edited 1 time by MiltStar
Jul 27 12 7:56 AM.




.  #7  
Posts: 3059 Jul 27 12 8:14 AM 
I used the calculator found at
http://www.vvaarizona.org/combined_disability.php






Vet2112  #8  
Streetwalker,
That calculator is flawed. It doesn't account for bilaterals, for one. If you use Hutsky's calculator found on the main page in general, you will never go wrong. 



.  #9  
Posts: 3059 Jul 27 12 8:26 AM 
Thanks. I will switch over to that calculator.




BROVET  #10  
You would also get bilateral comp (20 + 20 = 36 * 10% =3.6 combined = 39.6 or 40%) (if I am wrong, someone please jump in) for the two lower leg disabilities.
In Streetwalker's example (with the 30% added in) "Add in a 30% 40% lumbar DDD 30% mystery 20 % radiculopathy lower left leg 20% radiculitis lower left leg 10% GERD 10% tinnitus" You would first calculate the Bilaterals 40% and then you would begin the total calculation. 40% leaves 60% 40 40% of 60 is 24 which leaves 36 24 30% of 36 is 11% which leaves 25 11 10% of 25 is 2.5 or 3% which leaves 22 3 10% of 22 is 2.2 or 2% 2 The total is: 80% 



.  #11  
Posts: 3059 Jul 27 12 8:31 AM 
My understanding of bilaterals is it would have to be both legs. I'm only currently compensated for the left leg. VA letter gives me 70% for the conditions I listed.




Vet2112  #12  
Streetwalker wrote: Correct. Bilaterals are for conditions that affect 'paired extremities'. (As in right and left leg, or right and left arm...) (heres the calculator link too. You need Excel or Excel reader, which you can download for free) http://lasestrellas.info/VBN/HutskyStar3.xls 



hutsky  #13  
Streetwalker wrote:Streetwalker, I see that you found another one that works. I have checked a number of flawed combining calculators but this is one of the worst. It failed my first test: 90/20/10/10/10. It gave and answer of 94.168%, rounded to 90%. This is incorrect, VA would rate at 95%, rounded to 100%. I can see that it will also fail in many other situations. Any time you see combined numbers of more than one decimal precision the calculator will fail at some point. 

