Hudgens v. McDonald, docket no. 2015-7030 (Fed. Cir. May 18, 2016)
HELD: Diagnostic Code 5055 provides for a 100% rating for partial as well as total knee replacements.
SUMMARY: The Federal Circuit reversed the CAVC’s determination that DC 5055, which provides for a 100% disability rating for “[p]rosthetic replacement of knee joint . . . [f]or 1 year following implantation of prosthesis” applies only to total knee replacements and not partial knee replacements. (Note: While this appeal was pending, VA amended its regulation to clarify that language referring to “Prosthetic Implants” refers to replacement of the whole joint, unless otherwise stated in DC 5054.)