Winning a Schedule Award Impairment Rating
To win a schedule award from OWCP, you need to be a federal employee who got injured on the job and has permanent loss of use of a body part or organ listed in the OWCP schedule. Your federal injury must have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI), and you need a medical report from a doctor that provides an impairment rating for your injury.
The OWCP impairment rating is a percentage that reflects the degree of loss of function in your injured body part. The OWCP uses the American Medical Association’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides) to determine impairment ratings.
Once you have all of the required documentation, you can file a CA-7 Claim for Schedule Award with the OWCP. The CA-7 form can be found on the OWCP website.
Here are some tips to increase your chances of winning a schedule award:
- Get a medical report from a doctor who knows the OWCP and the AMA Guides.
- Make sure the medical report is clear and concise, and that it provides a detailed explanation of your injury and the resulting impairment.
- File your CA-7 form promptly after your injury reaches MMI.
- Be persistent and follow up with the OWCP if you don’t hear back from them within a reasonable time period.
- If your claim is denied, you can appeal the decision. You can do this by filing a Form CA-5, Notice of Disagreement. The CA-5 form can also be found on the OWCP website.
Winning a schedule award can be a complex and challenging process, but if you follow the tips above, you’ll increase your chances of success.