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Re: [owcp] Contining Disability

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  • wcaid@aol.com
    It is critical to keep your claim active. Submit your doctor s notes/reports on a regular basis. Don t wait for the threatening letters. The primary
    Message 1 of 11 , Mar 29, 2004
      It is critical to keep your claim active.  Submit your doctor's notes/reports on a regular basis.  Don't wait for the 'threatening' letters.  The primary purpose of OWCP is to return you to work.  There are many ways to cut off, or reduce your comp.  They are sure to do it if you don't keep your claim alive.

      Have you had an impairment rating and schedule award yet?

      Laurie
    • soukien
      what s difference between impairment rating and schedule award? Is impairment rating the same thing as P&S? Anybody know the answer to the following question?
      Message 2 of 11 , Mar 29, 2004
        what's difference between impairment rating and schedule award?
        Is impairment rating the same thing as P&S?
        Anybody know the answer to the following question?
        Once a person is sent to retrain like going to school by owcp, can
        he/she be investigated by his/her employer?
        thank
        sk


        --- In owcp@yahoogroups.com, wcaid@a... wrote:
        > It is critical to keep your claim active. Submit your doctor's
        notes/reports
        > on a regular basis. Don't wait for the 'threatening' letters. The
        primary
        > purpose of OWCP is to return you to work. There are many ways to
        cut off, or
        > reduce your comp. They are sure to do it if you don't keep your
        claim alive.
        >
        > Have you had an impairment rating and schedule award yet?
        >
        > Laurie
      • FourDirect@aol.com
        And does anyone know now that ACS is in charge how one goes about getting retraining as I need to change careers due to my illness and need to go back to
        Message 3 of 11 , Mar 30, 2004
          And does anyone know now that ACS is in charge how one goes about getting "retraining" as I need to change careers due to my illness and need to go back to graduate school?
          Nancy


          From: soukien@...
          Reply-to: owcp@yahoogroups.com
          To: owcp@yahoogroups.com
          what's difference between impairment rating and schedule award?
          Is impairment rating the same thing as P&S?
          Anybody know the answer to the following question?
          Once a person is sent to retrain like going to school by owcp, can
          he/she be investigated by his/her employer?
          thank
          sk


          --- In owcp@yahoogroups.com, wcaid@a... wrote:
          > It is critical to keep your claim active.  Submit your doctor's
          notes/reports
          > on a regular basis.  Don't wait for the 'threatening' letters.  The
          primary
          > purpose of OWCP is to return you to work.  There are many ways to
          cut off, or
          > reduce your comp.  They are sure to do it if you don't keep your
          claim alive.
          >
          > Have you had an impairment rating and schedule award yet?
          >
          > Laurie



        • meg bryant
          hey you-all, Thanks for the responses - this is a (I believe) considered a contining disability at this point, rather than a reoccurance of disability. I ve
          Message 4 of 11 , Mar 31, 2004

            hey you-all,

            Thanks for the responses - this is a (I believe) considered a contining disability at this point, rather than a reoccurance of disability. I've been unable to work since my service ended (August 2003) - annoyingly enough, my assignment in Armenia was one of the few jobs I could do, as I was able to set my own schedule depending on my pain levels, and I never needed to do anything that involved standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time. Urgh.

            As it stands now, my case worker at the Boston OWCP has told me I need to file a CA-20 (the physican's report) in order to continue receiving compensation. I am considered 100% disabled (lovely label, innit?). The main problem I see is that the neurosurgeon that needs to fill out this report is not thrilled with filling in a definite date for period of disability (ie, 11/5/02 - 11/5/04) - as no one can say how long this this will last, or what treatment might prove effective. Not to mention the difficulty of even getting in to see him - well, it's not as though I'm a critical case, after a year and a half. Anything bad that was going to happen due to delays in medical treatment is already a reality.

            It's discouraging. Everything seems to take months at best to process and, while I currently have enough money to live on, watching that negative case flow is scary, to say the least - and living in Limbo is equally disheartening. I don't feel that I can plan my future, or that I have much control over my life.

            I've heard that after 'X' time period of total disability, OWCP will kick the claiment over to SSDI - any experience with this? What about general turnaround times for contining disability claims - how long does it 'normally' take a CA-7 filed with Peace Corps to yield a check from OWCP, assuming all the paperwork is in order?

            again, many thanks to the people who responded,

            meg



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          • DOUGLAS E HEMKEN
            After almost 20 years of disability that has varied from 100% to partial, I m still with the dear old OWCP. Douglas Hemken Statistical Consultant Social
            Message 5 of 11 , Mar 31, 2004
              After almost 20 years of disability that has varied from 100% to partial, I'm still with the dear old OWCP.

              Douglas Hemken
              Statistical Consultant
              Social Science Micro Lab
              3218 Social Science Bldg.

              dehemken@...
              262-0862
            • FourDirect@aol.com
              Just putting this out again!!! Nancy In a message dated 3/30/2004 11:51:06 AM Eastern Standard Time,
              Message 6 of 11 , Apr 4, 2004
                Just putting this out again!!!
                Nancy


                In a message dated 3/30/2004 11:51:06 AM Eastern Standard Time, FourDirect@... writes:


                Subj:[owcp] Re: imp rating & schedule award
                Date:3/30/2004 11:51:06 AM Eastern Standard Time
                From:FourDirect@...
                Reply-to:owcp@yahoogroups.com
                To:owcp@yahoogroups.com
                Sent from the Internet



                And does anyone know now that ACS is in charge how one goes about getting "retraining" as I need to change careers due to my illness and need to go back to graduate school?
                Nancy


                From: soukien@...
                Reply-to: owcp@yahoogroups.com
                To: owcp@yahoogroups.com
                what's difference between impairment rating and schedule award?
                Is impairment rating the same thing as P&S?
                Anybody know the answer to the following question?
                Once a person is sent to retrain like going to school by owcp, can
                he/she be investigated by his/her employer?
                thank
                sk



              • wcaid@aol.com
                An impairment rating is done by a doctor. The best is The Ellis Clinic. They have a website, www.ellisclinic.com The affected body part is given a percentage
                Message 7 of 11 , Apr 4, 2004
                  An impairment rating is done by a doctor.  The best is The Ellis Clinic.  They have a website, www.ellisclinic.com

                  The affected body part is given a percentage rating.  

                  A schedule award is the amount of money you get for having the percentage of disability.  It's all based on numbers in a book.  That is why it is so important to get a good doctor!

                  Laurie

                  From the DOL website:


                  ---DISCLAIMER---


                  This publication contains questions and answers most frequently raised about the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA). It does not have the effect of law or regulation, but it describes in non-technical language the basic provisions of the FECA and includes information concerning the most common issues about entitlement and claims processing. The information contained in this publication is subject to policy and/or procedural change. More detailed information on specific problems may be obtained by contacting the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) .

                  98. If as the result of employment, an employee suffers permanent disability involving loss or loss of use of a member, function, or organ of the body such as an arm, foot, lung, or loss of vision or hearing, is he or she entitled to compensation for impairment, in addition to compensation for wage loss?The FECA provides a schedule of payments for the loss or loss of use of specified members, functions and organs of the body. A list of schedule members is shown below in Question 102. The schedule award is paid when the medical evidence establishes that the schedule part of the body has reached maximum medical improvement. It is paid on the same basis that wage loss compensation is paid, i.e., at two-thirds or three-fourths of the employee's pay rate.
                  99. Can schedule award payments be made while an employee is working? Yes. Payment is made for a specified number of weeks even if the individual returns to regular work at full pay. Schedule awards may also be paid while an employee is receiving sick or annual leave pay, drawing Civil Service Retirement benefits, working for private industry, or is self-employed. They may not be paid, however, while an employee is receiving compensation benefits for wage loss for the same injury.
                  100. Can a schedule award be paid on the basis of permanent impairment of the brain, heart, or back?No. These parts of the body are specifically excluded from schedule award consideration under 5 U.S.C. 8l01 (20). Compensation is paid, however, for wage loss resulting from such impairment.
                  101. What happens if an employee suffers disfigurement as a result of a work injury?In cases where an employee suffers injury to the face, neck, or head, and disfigurement results, the FECA provides for payment of an award of compensation not to exceed $3500 if the disfigurement will likely be a handicap in securing or maintaining employment. Such awards are considered for seriously disfiguring scars and deformities.
                  102. Specifically, what is the schedule of payments for permanent impairment of the various extremities, organs and body functions? Compensation is provided for specified periods of time for the permanent loss, or loss of use, of certain parts and functions of the body. Partial loss or loss of use of these parts and functions is compensated on a proportional basis.
                  The following table shows the number of weeks payable for each schedule member if the loss or loss of use is total.
                  Anatomical Member. . . . . Max. No. of Weeks of Compensation
                  Arm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312
                  Leg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 288
                  Hand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
                  Foot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
                  Eye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .160
                  Thumb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
                  First Finger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
                  Great Toe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
                  Second Finger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
                  Third Finger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
                  Toe (other than great toe) . . . . . . . . .16
                  Fourth Finger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
                  Complete loss of hearing
                  (one ear) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
                  Complete loss of hearing
                  (both ears) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200
                  Breast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
                  Kidney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
                  Larynx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
                  Lung . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
                  Penis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .205
                  Testicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
                  Tongue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .160
                  Compensation for loss of binocular vision or for loss of 80 percent or more of the vision of an eye is the same as for loss of the eye. The degree of loss of vision or hearing is determined without regard to correction; that is, improvements obtainable with use of eyeglasses and hearing aids are not considered in establishing the percentage of impairment.
                  Where injury-related loss of earning capacity persists after the schedule award ends, compensation may be continued for loss of earning capacity.

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