Can someone please assist with my inquiry. I was rated for degenerative arthritis right hip adduction (20%) and degenerative arthritis left hip adduction (10%) and both ratings state (claimed as bilateral hip condition). I was also rated for radiculopathy, sciatic nerve (Left 20% + Right 20%) and radiculopathy, femoral nerve (Left 20% + Right 20%) for both left and right lower extremities. The sciatic and femoral nerve ratings are for both legs but why aren’t they rated as bilateral factors since they affect both lower extremities ? Is this only applicable once to a rating affecting a “paired” extremity or should it apply multiple times ?
As a side note, I was rated 0% for degenerative arthritis , right hip extension (claimed as bilateral hip condition) but this bilateral statement is not paired with the “Left” hip extension.
Following is the definition of Bilateral Factor:
When a veteran has a disability that affects both arms, both legs, or paired skeletal muscles, their overall combined rating must reflect what’s known as the bilateral factor. Specifically, the bilateral factor is defined by statute as existing when “a partial disability results from disease or injury of both arms, or of both legs, or of paired skeletal muscles, the ratings for the disabilities of the right and left sides will be combined as usual, and 10% of this value will be added before proceeding with further combinations.”
Thanks in advance for your comments.