38 CFR 4.1 - Essentials of evaluative rating.

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§ 4.1 Essentials of evaluative rating.
This rating schedule is primarily a guide in the evaluation of disability resulting from all types of diseases and injuries encountered as a result of or incident to military service. The percentage ratings represent as far as can practicably be determined the average impairment in earning capacity resulting from such diseases and injuries and their residual conditions in civil occupations. Generally, the degrees of disability specified are considered adequate to compensate for considerable loss of working time from exacerbations or illnesses proportionate to the severity of the several grades of disability. For the application of this schedule, accurate and fully descriptive medical examinations are required, with emphasis upon the limitation of activity imposed by the disabling condition. Over a period of many years, a veteran's disability claim may require reratings in accordance with changes in laws, medical knowledge and his or her physical or mental condition. It is thus essential, both in the examination and in the evaluation of disability, that each disability be viewed in relation to its history.
[41 FR 11292, Mar. 18, 1976]

Title 38 published on 2014-07-01.

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  • 2015-03-19; vol. 80 # 53 - Thursday, March 19, 2015
    1. 80 FR 14308 - Schedule for Rating Disabilities—Mental Disorders and Definition of Psychosis for Certain VA Purposes
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      DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
      Final rule.
      Effective Date: This rule is effective on March 19, 2015. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of March 19, 2015. Applicability Date: The provisions of this final rule shall apply to all applications for benefits that are received by VA or that are pending before the agency of original jurisdiction on or after August 4, 2014. The Secretary does not intend for the provisions of this final rule to apply to claims that were pending before the Board of Veterans' Appeals ( i.e., certified for appeal to the Board of Veterans' Appeals on or before August 4, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, or the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on August 4, 2014, even if such claims are subsequently remanded to the agency of original jurisdiction.
      38 CFR Parts 3 and 4

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Title 38 published on 2014-07-01

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 38 CFR Part 4 after this date.

  • 2015-03-19; vol. 80 # 53 - Thursday, March 19, 2015
    1. 80 FR 14308 - Schedule for Rating Disabilities—Mental Disorders and Definition of Psychosis for Certain VA Purposes
      GPO FDSys XML | Text
      DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
      Final rule.
      Effective Date: This rule is effective on March 19, 2015. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of March 19, 2015. Applicability Date: The provisions of this final rule shall apply to all applications for benefits that are received by VA or that are pending before the agency of original jurisdiction on or after August 4, 2014. The Secretary does not intend for the provisions of this final rule to apply to claims that were pending before the Board of Veterans' Appeals ( i.e., certified for appeal to the Board of Veterans' Appeals on or before August 4, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, or the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on August 4, 2014, even if such claims are subsequently remanded to the agency of original jurisdiction.
      38 CFR Parts 3 and 4