Disability Retirements for FERS and CSRS employees offer an income of which a portion is tax free payable annually to the retiree. This tax benefit is to compensate you for the injuries (physical or mental) that you received during the course of your federal employment. You must have a minimum of five (5) years’ service to qualify for a Disability retirement. To obtain additional tax  information click on the calculator.  I charge a retainer of $750.00 after the initial consultation. The retainer includes; case and precedents research, drafting the initial application, inclusion of points and authorities, filing the case with the agency, and submitting for a Schedule Award(s).

See Office of Workers Compensation Programs, OWCP Schedule Awards below.


SCHEDULED AWARDS

The degree of impairment is established by medical evidence and expressed as a percentage loss of the member involved. Permanent impairment may originate either within the affected member (i.e., loss of use of your arm in a Carpal Tunnel Syndrome claim) or another part of the body (i.e., a back injury may result in impairment to a leg) for which a Schedule Award would be payable. A claimant may also receive an Award for more than one part of the body concerning a single injury (i.e., a back injury may result in impairment to a leg and an arm). A Fixed and Stationary report is obtained from a medical doctor (at your cost). The body members covered by the Schedule Award and the compensation schedule include:
Arm 312 weeks
Fourth Finger 15 weeks
Leg 288 weeks
Hearing (1 ear) 52 weeks
Hand 244 weeks
Hearing (both) 200 weeks
Foot 205 weeks
Breast 52 weeks
Eye 160 weeks
Kidney (1) 156 weeks
Thumb 75 weeks
Larynx 160 weeks
First Finger 46 weeks
Lung (1) 156 weeks
Great Toe 38 weeks
Penis/Female Sex Organs 205 weeks
Second Finger 30 weeks
Testicle/Ovary (1) 52 weeks
Third Finger 25 weeks
Tongue 160 weeks
Toe (other) 16 weeks
Note: The above figures represent total loss of use.
An injured worker can only apply for a Schedule Award after having reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) and are back to work full time (even in a limited duty capacity) or retiring.