Getting an increase in impairment rating can make a big difference in your schedule award
We have a client who was rated at 50% impairment by his doctor for his lower extremity injury. The District Medical Adviser at OWCP states that our client should only receive a 2% impairment rating but it should be rated at 50% if arthritis ever gets approved. The difference between 2% and 50% for this employee is the difference between a four figure tax free monetary award and a six figure tax free award. Needless to say we fought to include arthritis as part of the claim.