VA Disability Benefits and Secondary Service Connection
(inspiring piano music) Hello and welcome to theHill Ponton tutorial blog. I'm Matthew Hill here with Carol Ponton. Today we want to talk toyou about Secondary Service Connection and how you get disabilities. Connected to the primarydisability that your service connected for. We're gonna talk about specific examples,
but one would be if you haveleg pain or Radiculopathy, due to your back pain, and your back pain is service connected. But before we get to theexamples, let's just go through the mechanics. First of all, with directservice connection you gotta show that you have a current disability. And that there was somethingthat happened at service.
And that there's a link between the two. So with back pain, let'ssay that you tried to pick up a big garage doorwhen you're in service and it fell, and pulledyour back and you had to treat for that in serviceand the pain never went away. And then when you got out,you were diagnosed with, Degenerative Disk Disease in your back. So that's how you get thePrimarily Service Connected,
or Direct Service Connection. Secondary Service Connectioninvolves a disability stemming from a Service Connected disability. So with that back pain,if you were as a result, to have the Radiculopathywhat we talked about, even though the Radiculopathydidn't happen in service or because of service. It happened because of thatservice connected disability.
So that's the secondary,that disability could be secondarily service connected. This is important because alot of times, a Veteran will have a disability thatthey're service connected for. That might not be that be andmight not be rated that high. But, the results ofthat primary disability, the secondary disabilities can be high, it can be significant.
So we wanted to run througha few of them today. And we might as well startwith the Lumbar Spine. Carol what do you see oftenwith this as far as secondaryé First of all, just soyou know Lumbar Spine's usually get about a 10 or20% rating, 40% is often the highest rating we see for the back. But the real problems withthe back also end up being pain and numbness that runsdown the leg into the foot.
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