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Single Judge Application; Lyles v. Shulkin, 29 Vet.App. 107, 109 (2017); “entitlement to a separate evaluation in a given case depends on whether the manifestations of disability for which a separate evaluation is being sought have already been compensated by an assigned evaluation under a different DC.” Lyles v. Shulkin, 29 Vet.App. 107, 109 (2017). Further, a veteran with a musculoskeletal disability, such as Mr. Wilson’s left knee disability, may be entitled to a higher disability evaluation than that supported by mechanical application of the schedule where there is evidence that the disability causes “additional functional loss—i.e., ‘the inability . . . to perform the normal working movements of the body with normal excursion, strength, speed, coordination[,] and endurance’— including as due to pain and/or other factors” or “reduction of a joint’s normal excursion of movement in different planes, including changes in the joint’s range of movement, strength, fatigability, or coordination.” Id. at 117-18 (quoting 38 C.F.R. § 4.40 and citing 38 C.F.R. § 4.45); see Sharp v. Shulkin, 29 Vet.App. 26, 32 (2017) (“Flare-ups . . . must be factored into an examiner’s assessment of functional loss”); Mitchell v. Shinseki, 25 Vet.App. 32, 36-37 (2011); DeLuca v. Brown, 8 Vet.App. 202, 205-07(1995).;

Single Judge Application; Lyles v. Shulkin, 29 Vet.App. 107, 109 (2017); “entitlement to a separate evaluation in a given case depends on whether the manifestations of disability for which a separate evaluation is being sought have already been compensated by an assigned evaluation under a different DC.” Lyles v. Shulkin, 29 Vet.App. 107, 109 (2017). Further, a veteran with a musculoskeletal disability, such as Mr. Wilson’s left knee disability, may be entitled to a higher disability evaluation than that supported by mechanical application of the schedule where there is evidence that the disability causes “additional functional loss—i.e., ‘the inability . . . to perform the normal working movements of the body with normal excursion, strength, speed, coordination[,] and endurance’— including as due to pain and/or other factors” or “reduction of a joint’s normal excursion of movement in different planes, including changes in the joint’s range of movement, strength, fatigability, or coordination.” Id. at 117-18 (quoting 38 C.F.R. § 4.40 and citing 38 C.F.R. § 4.45); see Sharp v. Shulkin, 29 Vet.App. 26, 32 (2017) (“Flare-ups . . . must be factored into an examiner’s assessment of functional loss”); Mitchell v. Shinseki, 25 Vet.App. 32, 36-37 (2011); DeLuca v. Brown, 8 Vet.App. 202, 205-07(1995).;

Single Judge Application; Lyles v. Shulkin, 29 Vet.App. 107, 109 (2017); “entitlement to a separate evaluation in a given case depends on whether the manifestations of disability for ...