Re: Schedule Award for Back Injury
Sure, there is no job protection under the Worker Comp Act.
can DOD legally fire me while on a workmans comp
See what they offer, if they do the right thing then no, you don't need an attorney.
what is the best way to go about a schedule award? Do I absolutely need an attorney
The Federal system is different than states, it's pretty much written in stone and doesn't allow for negotiations or appeals.
It's hard to find an attorney knowledgeable on the Federal system.
FECA provides compensation benefits based on loss of earnings capacity and schedule awards for the loss or loss of use of specified members, organs, and functions of the body when there are permanent effects of a job-related injury.
Disability Compensation Payout
If the employee has no dependents, compensation is generally payable at the rate of two-thirds of pre-disability gross wages tax-free; if the employee has one or more dependants, compensation is payable at the rate of three-fourths of pre-disability gross wages, tax-free.
Here's some info to browse through, maybe you can find more specific answers to your questions
Federal Employees' Compensation
National Operations Office
800 North Capitol Street NW, Room 800
Washington, D.C. 20211
Phone: (202) 513-6816
The complete text of the Federal Employees' Compensation Act is available online at:
Information about changes in the General Schedule (GS) and historic tables is available from the Office of Personnel Management, available online at:
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