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Combined Ratings Table

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[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 38, Volume 1]
[Revised as of July 1, 2010]
From the U.S. Government Printing Office via GPO Access
[CITE: 38CFR4.25]

[Page 369-371]
 
            TITLE 38--PENSIONS, BONUSES, AND VETERANS' RELIEF
 
                CHAPTER I--DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
 
PART 4_SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES--Table of Contents
 
                   Subpart A_General Policy in Rating
 
Sec. 4.25  Combined ratings table.

    Table I, Combined Ratings Table, results from the consideration of 
the efficiency of the individual as affected first by the most disabling 
condition, then by the less disabling condition, then by other less 
disabling conditions, if any, in the order of severity. Thus, a person 
having a 60 percent disability is considered 40 percent efficient. 
Proceeding from this 40 percent efficiency, the effect of a further 30 
percent disability is to leave only 70 percent of the efficiency 
remaining after consideration of the first disability, or 28 percent 
efficiency altogether. The individual is thus 72 percent disabled, as 
shown in table I opposite 60 percent and under 30 percent.
    (a) To use table I, the disabilities will first be arranged in the 
exact order of their severity, beginning with the greatest disability 
and then combined with use of table I as hereinafter indicated. For 
example, if there are two disabilities, the degree of one disability 
will be read in the left column and the degree of the other in the top 
row, whichever is appropriate. The figures appearing in the space where 
the column and row intersect will represent the combined value of the 
two. This combined value will then be converted to the nearest number 
divisible by 10, and combined values ending in 5 will be adjusted 
upward. Thus, with a 50 percent disability and a 30 percent disability, 
the combined value will be

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found to be 65 percent, but the 65 percent must be converted to 70 
percent to represent the final degree of disability. Similarly, with a 
disability of 40 percent, and another disability of 20 percent, the 
combined value is found to be 52 percent, but the 52 percent must be 
converted to the nearest degree divisible by 10, which is 50 percent. If 
there are more than two disabilities, the disabilities will also be 
arranged in the exact order of their severity and the combined value for 
the first two will be found as previously described for two 
disabilities. The combined value, exactly as found in table I, will be 
combined with the degree of the third disability (in order of severity). 
The combined value for the three disabilities will be found in the space 
where the column and row intersect, and if there are only three 
disabilities will be converted to the nearest degree divisible by 10, 
adjusting final 5's upward. Thus, if there are three disabilities 
ratable at 60 percent, 40 percent, and 20 percent, respectively, the 
combined value for the first two will be found opposite 60 and under 40 
and is 76 percent. This 76 will be combined with 20 and the combined 
value for the three is 81 percent. This combined value will be converted 
to the nearest degree divisible by 10 which is 80 percent. The same 
procedure will be employed when there are four or more disabilities. 
(See table I).
    (b) Except as otherwise provided in this schedule, the disabilities 
arising from a single disease entity, e.g., arthritis, multiple 
sclerosis, cerebrovascular accident, etc., are to be rated separately as 
are all other disabiling conditions, if any. All disabilities are then 
to be combined as described in paragraph (a) of this section. The 
conversion to the nearest degree divisible by 10 will be done only once 
per rating decision, will follow the combining of all disabilities, and 
will be the last procedure in determining the combined degree of 
disability.

                                         Table I--Combined Ratings Table
                                           [10 combined with 10 is 19]
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                                            10      20      30      40      50      60      70      80      90
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19......................................      27      35      43      51      60      68      76      84      92
20......................................      28      36      44      52      60      68      76      84      92
21......................................      29      37      45      53      61      68      76      84      92
22......................................      30      38      45      53      61      69      77      84      92
23......................................      31      38      46      54      62      69      77      85      92
24......................................      32      39      47      54      62      70      77      85      92
25......................................      33      40      48      55      63      70      78      85      93
26......................................      33      41      48      56      63      70      78      85      93
27......................................      34      42      49      56      64      71      78      85      93
28......................................      35      42      50      57      64      71      78      86      93
29......................................      36      43      50      57      65      72      79      86      93
30......................................      37      44      51      58      65      72      79      86      93
31......................................      38      45      52      59      66      72      79      86      93
32......................................      39      46      52      59      66      73      80      86      93
33......................................      40      46      53      60      67      73      80      87      93
34......................................      41      47      54      60      67      74      80      87      93
35......................................      42      48      55      61      68      74      81      87      94
36......................................      42      49      55      62      68      74      81      87      94
37......................................      43      50      56      62      69      75      81      87      94
38......................................      44      50      57      63      69      75      81      88      94
39......................................      45      51      57      63      70      76      82      88      94
40......................................      46      52      58      64      70      76      82      88      94
41......................................      47      53      59      65      71      76      82      88      94
42......................................      48      54      59      65      71      77      83      88      94
43......................................      49      54      60      66      72      77      83      89      94
44......................................      50      55      61      66      72      78      83      89      94
45......................................      51      56      62      67      73      78      84      89      95
46......................................      51      57      62      68      73      78      84      89      95
47......................................      52      58      63      68      74      79      84      89      95
48......................................      53      58      64      69      74      79      84      90      95
49......................................      54      59      64      69      75      80      85      90      95
50......................................      55      60      65      70      75      80      85      90      95
51......................................      56      61      66      71      76      80      85      90      95
52......................................      57      62      66      71      76      81      86      90      95
53......................................      58      62      67      72      77      81      86      91      95
54......................................      59      63      68      72      77      82      86      91      95
55......................................      60      64      69      73      78      82      87      91      96

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56......................................      60      65      69      74      78      82      87      91      96
57......................................      61      66      70      74      79      83      87      91      96
58......................................      62      66      71      75      79      83      87      92      96
59......................................      63      67      71      75      80      84      88      92      96
60......................................      64      68      72      76      80      84      88      92      96
61......................................      65      69      73      77      81      84      88      92      96
62......................................      66      70      73      77      81      85      89      92      96
63......................................      67      70      74      78      82      85      89      93      96
64......................................      68      71      75      78      82      86      89      93      96
65......................................      69      72      76      79      83      86      90      93      97
66......................................      69      73      76      80      83      86      90      93      97
67......................................      70      74      77      80      84      87      90      93      97
68......................................      71      74      78      81      84      87      90      94      97
69......................................      72      75      78      81      85      88      91      94      97
70......................................      73      76      79      82      85      88      91      94      97
71......................................      74      77      80      83      86      88      91      94      97
72......................................      75      78      80      83      86      89      92      94      97
73......................................      76      78      81      84      87      89      92      95      97
74......................................      77      79      82      84      87      90      92      95      97
75......................................      78      80      83      85      88      90      93      95      98
76......................................      78      81      83      86      88      90      93      95      98
77......................................      79      82      84      86      89      91      93      95      98
78......................................      80      82      85      87      89      91      93      96      98
79......................................      81      83      85      87      90      92      94      96      98
80......................................      82      84      86      88      90      92      94      96      98
81......................................      83      85      87      89      91      92      94      96      98
82......................................      84      86      87      89      91      93      95      96      98
83......................................      85      86      88      90      92      93      95      97      98
84......................................      86      87      89      90      92      94      95      97      98
85......................................      87      88      90      91      93      94      96      97      99
86......................................      87      89      90      92      93      94      96      97      99
87......................................      88      90      91      92      94      95      96      97      99
88......................................      89      90      92      93      94      95      96      98      99
89......................................      90      91      92      93      95      96      87      38      99
90......................................      91      92      93      94      95      96      97      98      99
91......................................      92      93      94      95      96      96      97      98      99
92......................................      93      94      94      95      96      97      98      98      99
93......................................      94      94      95      96      97      97      98      99      99
94......................................      95      95      96      96      97      98      98      99      99
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(Authority: 38 U.S.C. 1155)

[41 FR 11293, Mar. 18, 1976, as amended at 54 FR 27161, June 28, 1989; 
54 FR 36029, Aug. 31, 1989]