Obtaining More Than One Schedule Award at a Time and Simultaneously Obtaining OPM Retirement Benefits: I.S.

This claimant had several claims. One of the claims had been accepted for conditions of the arms. Another claim was filed by the claimant for several conditions, including conditions of the lower back. That claim was initially denied. Following appeals, Mr. Gest was successful in obtaining acceptance of that claim. Ultimately, Mr. Gest was able to obtain one schedule award for the client for the conditions of the upper extremities under one claim number while at the same time obtaining another schedule award for the claimant for conditions of the lower extremities under another claim number. In addition, the claimant was able to receive at the same time retirement benefits from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). It should be noted that a claimant may not receive disability compensation benefits from OWCP and schedule award benefits from OWCP at the same time for the same part of the body under the same claim number. In addition, a claimant may not receive disability compensation benefits from OWCP and regular or disability retirement benefits from OPM at the same time. However, a claimant may receive schedule award benefits from OWCP and regular or disability retirement benefits from OPM at the same time.