Use of Sixth Edition of AMA Guides for FECA Schedule Awards

Effective May 1, 2009, OWCP began using the Sixth Edition of the AMA Guides. This edition is significantly different from previous editions. There are extensive changes affecting the calculations of schedule awards for FECA claimants. The Sixth Edition of the AMA Guides consists of seventeen chapters, one less than the Fifth Edition. Two cardiovascular chapters in the Fifth Edition are consolidated into one chapter in the Sixth.Continue Reading

The Reconsideration Appeal Versus the ECAB Appeal

The Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB) was created in 1946 by Congress to hear appeals taken from determinations and awards under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act with respect to claims of Federal employees injured in the course of their employment. The board has final authority to determine the liability of the Federal government with respectContinue Reading