Your Schedule Award is based on a permanent impairment as determined by your physician. The doctor makes the determination after placing you at
Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI). Your impairment generally involves loss of use or loss of function of a body part as a result of your workplace accident. Your doctor must provide very specific medical opinion evidence to support the rating. The mere completion of the division form is usually not adequate to ensure that you receive your award.
Usually the District Medical Advisor (DMA) is requested to review your doctor's impairment rating report. If he/she is not able or willing to offer an opinion or if the opinion differs from your doctor, the claims examiner will normally choose to send you to a second opinion.
Many injured workers find that their Schedule Award is denied or they receive a rating and corresponding award which is far lower than they expected. The common reason is that the
Schedule Award package provided to OWCP is insufficient to support the premise that the injured worker deserves the award. The other common error is that the information submitted to OWCP is inadequate to support the amount of the award. Consequently, the award is denied in its entirety forcing the injured worker to start all over again or the award is paid at a much lower rate than the injured worker truly deserves.
Our firm marries the legal portion by our attorneys with the medical portion by our doctors to create a highly qualified and well deserved Schedule Award package that is difficult to deny.
COMMON SCHEDULE AWARD QUESTIONS
What is a Schedule Award?
A Schedule Award is a payment made by the federal government to you based upon permanent injuries sustained on the job.
Can I Get a Schedule Award?
You may be eligible for a Schedule Award if you have suffered a permanent injury to a body part which is listed on the
Schedule set out by the Federal Employee Compensation Act.
How Much is a Schedule Award?
Payment is based upon the severity of your injuries and your Average Weekly Wage.
When Can I Get a Schedule Award?
You are eligible for a Schedule Award if you have been placed at Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) by your doctor and have sustained permanent injury to a scheduled body part.
My Doctor Doesn't Do or Won't Do the Rating for My Schedule Award. What Do I Do?
Contact us. We have specialists in numerous areas of medicine who are highly competent, capable and routinely complete ratings and Schedule Award paperwork for our clients.
Can I Get a Schedule Award by Myself?
The law allows the injured worker to request a Schedule Award on his or her own. It is not recommended because in most instances the government will attempt to deny and delay your
Schedule Award through technicalities. Often times your resulting payment may also be substantially lower based on the information you submitted.
How Much is My Schedule Award Worth?
The amount of your Schedule Award depends upon a number of factors including:
- Number of body parts injured
- Gravity of injuries
- Loss of function, motion, strength
- Who is doing the evaluation report
Is There a Time Limit as to When I Can Request a Schedule Award?
No. There is no time limit. You must wait until you reach Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) for your injuries. If you are due a Schedule Award, it can be requested any time after that.
Can I Get My Schedule Award in a Lump Sum?
It may be possible to be paid your Schedule Award in a lump sum if you can show the Department of Labor that you rely on other areas of revenue for your day to day needs. The appropriate request may be submitted to the government for consideration after the
Schedule Award has been approved.
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