How does the VA Rate (assign a percentage and $ compensation amount) to Sleep Apnea?
I'll go ahead and answer that, and then I want to talk to you about the question you are REALLY asking me.
They use the Rating Tables for sleep apnea can be found at 38 C.F.R. § 4.97.
Go to that section of the CFR, and look for diagnostic code (DC) is 6847.
You can tell if the VA rated you directly for Sleep Apnea, as your code sheet will list only the four digit DC for Sleep Apnea (6847).
You can tell if the VA rated your sleep apnea as secondary to another condition, as your Code Sheet will list an 8-digit DC for the sleep apnea condition. (e.g. XXXX-6847, where the XXXX is the four digit code for another disability, disease, or illness).
6847 Sleep Apnea Syndromes (Obstructive, Central, Mixed):
100%: Chronic respiratory failure with carbon dioxide retention or cor pulmonale, or; requires tracheostomy
Cor pulmonale is, oversimplified, failure or enlargement of the right ventricle of your heart.
50%: Requires use of breathing assistance device such as continuous airway pressure (CPAP) machine
30%: Persistent day-time hypersomnolence
Hypersomnolence is, oversimplified, the need for a great deal more sleep than average; like narcolepsy, it can make you fall asleep unintentionally, although it is quite different from narcolepsy.
0%: Asymptomatic but with documented sleep disorder breathing
Asymptomatic is a medical term used to describe a condition which has been diagnosed, but which is not currently showing any visible symptoms. For example, the VA often erroneously concludes that a condition was misdiagnosed or that a diagnosis cannot be confirmed when in fact the disease or condition is “asymptomatic”.
Anybody can go online and find the Sleep Apnea VA Disability Rating criteria.
You may have found this page searching for that very phrase.
But you're not really asking for that.
What I think you're REALLY wanting to know is how to get the Sleep Apnea VA Disability Rating you believe you are entitled to.
If that's what you want, I've written a post to answer this specific question - check out the answer here.
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