This is a schedule award success story of one of our clients, “D,” who reached out for help upon his retirement from the postal service.
D. began suffering from hip pain and weakness while working as a letter carrier and distribution clerk for the United States Postal Service. He visited his physician and was told that his job duties, which required prolonged walking, pushing, pulling, and standing, had aggravated his pre-existing arthritis in his hip. D. completed an OWCP CA-2 form and submitted it along with the opinion from his doctor. OWCP reviewed the medical documentation he submitted with his CA-2 and accepted his claim for a permanent aggravation of arthritis in his hip.
D. suffered from increased pain in his hip, which limited his ability to walk and participate in other normal activities involving his legs. He eventually underwent a total hip replacement. This procedure replaced his arthritic hip joint with prosthetic hardware, significantly reducing his pain and difficulty walking. D. continued to work for the postal service in a limited duty capacity, within the limits of the medical restrictions placed on him by his physician.
Upon his retirement, he contacted our firm and Harris Federal Law Firm, was able to secure him a schedule award for his work related hip condition. The schedule award compensated him for the percentage of permanent impairment he suffered in his hip as a result of his work related injury.