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4.118-X§4.118—Schedule of ratings–skin      4.118-X

The Skin

4.118 Schedule of ratings—skin4.118-1

§4.118  Schedule of ratings—skin.

A veteran whose scars were rated by VA under a prior version of diagnostic codes 7800,  7801, 7802, 7803, 7804, or 7805, as in effect before October 23, 2008, may request review under diagnostic codes 7800, 7801, 7802, 7804, and 7805, irrespective of whether his or her disability has worsened since the last review. VA will review that veteran’s disability rating to determine whether the veteran may be entitled to a higher disability rating under diagnostic codes 7800, 7801, 7802, 7804, and 7805. A request for review pursuant to this rulemaking will be treated as a claim for an increased rating for purposes of determining the effective date of an increased rating awarded as a result of such review; however, in no case will the award be effective before October 23, 2008.

Rating

7800  Burn scar(s) of the head, face, or neck; scar(s) of the head, face, or neck due to other

causes; or other  disfigurement of the head, face, or neck:

With visible or palpable tissue loss and either gross distortion or

asymmetry of three or more features or paired sets of features

(nose, chin, forehead, eyes (including eyelids), ears (auricles),

cheeks, lips), or; with six or more characteristics of disfigurement80

With visible or palpable tissue loss and either gross distortion or

asymmetry of two features or paired sets of features (nose, chin,

forehead, eyes (including eyelids), ears (auricles), cheeks, lips), or;

with four or five characteristics of disfigurement50

With visible or palpable tissue loss and either gross distortion or

asymmetry of one feature or paired set of features (nose, chin,

forehead, eyes (including eyelids), ears (auricles), cheeks, lips), or;

with two or three characteristics of disfigurement30

With one characteristic of disfigurement10

Note (1): The 8 characteristics of disfigurement, for purposes of evaluation under §4.118, are:

Scar 5 or more inches (13 or more cm.) in length.

Scar at least one-quarter inch (0.6 cm.) wide at widest part.

Surface contour of scar elevated or depressed on palpation.

Scar adherent to underlying tissue.

Skin hypo-or hyper-pigmented in an area exceeding six square

inches (39 sq. cm.).

(No. 51  2/5/12)

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