Citation Nr: 18160376
Decision Date: 12/26/18	Archive Date: 12/26/18

DOCKET NO. 17-06 012
DATE:	December 26, 2018
ORDER
Entitlement to service connection for a hip contusion (claimed as left hip) is granted.
Entitlement to service connection for a knee contusion (claimed as right knee) is granted.
FINDINGS OF FACT
1. Resolving all doubt in the Veteran’s favor, his hip contusion disability is shown to be etiologically related to service.
2. Resolving all doubt in the Veteran’s favor, his knee contusion disability is shown to be etiologically related to service.
CONCLUSIONS OF LAW
1. The criteria for service connection for a hip contusion disability have been met. 38 U.S.C. §§ 1131, 5107; 38 C.F.R. §§ 3.102, 3.303.
2. The criteria for service connection for a knee contusion disability have been met. 38 U.S.C. §§ 1131, 5107; 38 C.F.R. §§ 3.102, 3.303.
REASONS AND BASES FOR FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS
The Veteran had active military service from June 1983 to October 1983 and from April 1990 to April 1993.
This matter comes before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) on appeal from an August 2013 rating decision of the VA Regional Office (RO) in Waco, Texas.
Service Connection
Service connection may be granted for a disability resulting from a disease or injury incurred in or aggravated by active service. See 38 U.S.C. § 1131; 38 C.F.R. § 3.303. “To establish a right to compensation for a present disability, a veteran must show: “(1) the existence of a present disability; (2) in-service incurrence or aggravation of a disease or injury; and (3) a causal relationship between the present disability and the disease or injury incurred or aggravated during service”-the so-called “nexus” requirement.”  Holton v. Shinseki, 557 F.3d 1362, 1366 (Fed. Cir. 2010) (quoting Shedden v. Principi, 381 F.3d 1163, 1167 (Fed. Cir. 2004)). 
1. Entitlement to service connection for hip contusion (claimed as left hip)
The Veteran contends that he suffers from a hip contusion disability as a result of his active duty service. He suffered a fall while loading equipment onto a train during service and injured his ribs, left hip, and right knee. See March 1988 service treatment records (STRs). During his August 2013 VA examination, the examiner diagnosed the Veteran with a hip contusion without residuals and concluded that it was at least as likely as not that the Veteran’s current hip condition was caused by or the result of active service. His current disability and in-service injury are conceded. With the August 2013 VA examiner also finding that the Veteran’s current disability is at least as likely as not caused by service, the criteria for service connection have been met. Accordingly, the claim for service connection is granted.
2. Entitlement to service connection for knee contusion (claimed as right knee)
The Veteran contends that he suffers from a knee contusion disability as a result of his active duty service. He suffered a fall while loading equipment onto a train during service and injured his ribs, left hip, and right knee. See March 1988 STRs. During the Veteran’s August 2013 VA examination, the examiner diagnosed him with a right knee contusion without residuals and concluded that it was at least as likely as not that the Veteran’s current knee condition was caused by or the result of active service. His current disability and in-service injury are conceded. With the August 2013 VA examiner also finding that the Veteran’s current disability is at least as likely as not caused by service, the criteria for service connection have been met. Accordingly, the claim for service connection is granted.

 
A. C. MACKENZIE
Veterans Law Judge
Board of Veterans’ Appeals
ATTORNEY FOR THE BOARD	Evan Thomas Hicks 

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