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    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
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      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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