Properly Evaluating Knee Disabilities (Attorney)

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Description

Many veterans suffer from service-connected knee disabilities, whether due to a specific injury or the general stress that military service places on the knees. For veterans advocates, establishing service connection for a knee condition is only the first step; the real challenge arises when making sure the VA correctly evaluates the veteran’s disability.

This 90-minute webinar will cover:

• The rating criteria for knee conditions under applicable diagnostic codes
• When the VA must assign a veteran separate ratings under different diagnostic codes for a knee condition and VA’s often erroneous finding that to do so would constitute “pyramiding”
• How to use lay evidence to successfully advocate for higher evaluations
• The requirements for an adequate knee examination, including how VA examiners (and adjudicators) must address functional loss, such as additional limitation of motion during flare-ups
and following repetitive use
• Important considerations such as separate ratings for scars, temporary 100% ratings, and extraschedular ratings
• Hypothetical situations to reinforce the concepts taught throughout the webinar

This 90-minute webinar will be presented by Jill Davenport, Esq.

Presenter: Jill Davenport

Length: 84 minutes

Recorded: March 17, 2017

$125.00

Webinar Description:

Many veterans suffer from service-connected knee disabilities, whether due to a specific injury or the general stress that military service places on the knees. For veterans advocates, establishing service connection for a knee condition is only the first step; the real challenge arises when making sure the VA correctly evaluates the veteran’s disability.

This 90-minute webinar will cover:

• The rating criteria for knee conditions under applicable diagnostic codes
• When the VA must assign a veteran separate ratings under different diagnostic codes for a knee condition and VA’s often erroneous finding that to do so would constitute “pyramiding”
• How to use lay evidence to successfully advocate for higher evaluations
• The requirements for an adequate knee examination, including how VA examiners (and adjudicators) must address functional loss, such as additional limitation of motion during flare-ups
and following repetitive use
• Important considerations such as separate ratings for scars, temporary 100% ratings, and extraschedular ratings
• Hypothetical situations to reinforce the concepts taught throughout the webinar

This 90-minute webinar will be presented by Jill Davenport, Esq.

Jill Davenport

Ms. Jill C. Davenport was a Staff Attorney in NVLSP’s litigation department, where she represented veterans and their survivors before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

She mentored attorneys who volunteered for the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, and co-authored the Veterans Benefits Manual, NVLSP’s 2,000-page treatise on veterans law published by LexisNexis.

Prior to joining NVLSP, Jill volunteered in the University of Alabama Elder Law Clinic, clerked for a Family Law judge, and worked on significant Collective Action cases.