by Lenin V. Perez
Schedule Awards are monetary payments for a prescribed number of weeks to federal employees who suffer the permanent total or partial loss of use of those anatomical members, functions or organs of the body that are listed in the schedule as follows:
- First Finger
- Tongue Great
- Toe Ovary (including Fallopian tube)
- Second Finger
- Third Finger
- Toe (other than Great Toe)
- Fourth Finger
- Complete loss of hearing (one ear)
- Complete loss of hearing (both ears)
Other organs, including the heart and the brain, as well as the back, are not included in the schedule. However, a schedule award would be payable should, for example, an injury to the back, heart, or brain cause permanent loss of use of a member, function, or organ listed in the schedule, such as an injury to the heart, brain, or back causes numbness or paralysis of an arm or leg.
A schedule award can be collected for serious disfigurement of the face, head or neck. The schedule award is payable whether the employee is working, sick or on annual leave, receiving retirement benefits, or is no longer employed by the federal government. However, an employee cannot receive a schedule award while receiving compensation for wage loss at the same time they receive the schedule award.
More than one schedule award can be received on the same member. For example: A person receives a schedule award for an arm of 20%. After retiring, the arm gets worse and is then 30%, then the person could receive an additional 10% for that injury.
In order to receive a Schedule Award, the person must be rated by a physician, using the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Sixth Edition, otherwise known as the AMA GUIDE 6th Edition. Prior to receiving the rating, the person has to have reached Maximum Medical Improvement, which is referred to as MMI. This rating should not be for the whole body, but for the injured member such as 20% of the left upper extremity. When the physician rates the injured employee, the physician should write the page number and paragraph that relates to the employee’s ratings.
Please be aware that one does not have to accept surgery before receiving a Schedule Award. No invasive procedure can be performed on the claimant if he or she objects to it. Invasive procedures are considered anytime you penetrate the skin, such as injections or other procedures such as surgeries.
What should the employer do when an employee files an initial claim for compensation due to disability or permanent impairment ?
(A) When an employee is disabled by a work-related injury and loses pay for more than three calendar days, or has a permanent impairment or serious disfigurement as described in 5 U.S.C. 8107, the employer shall furnish the employee with Form CA-7 for the purpose of claiming compensation.
(B) If the employee is receiving continuation of pay (COP) , the employer should give Form CA-7 to the employee by the 30th day of the COP period and submit the form to OWCP by the 40th day of the COP period. If the employee has not returned the form to the employer by the 40th day of the COP period, the employer should ask him or her to submit it as soon as possible.
(C) Upon receipt of Form CA-7 from the employee, or someone acting on his or her behalf, the employer shall complete the appropriate portions of the form. As soon as possible, but no more than five (5) working days after receipt from the employee, the employer shall forward the completed Form CA-7 and any accompanying medical report to OWCP.
To download an OWCP Form CA-7, click here.
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