What are scheduled and unscheduled injuries?
Scheduled injuries are those that have a schedule for calculating benefits to certain body parts. Unscheduled injuries are “wage loss concepts”.
We know it sounds absurd and shameless in our opinion to determine a certain number of weeks of disability compensation for determined body parts. But, that is exactly what the DBA provides if you have any other injury apart from the head, neck, back or shoulders. It is stated in the 33 U.S.C. Section 908, one is entitled to a certain number of weeks of disability compensation for complete loss of use for any of the following body parts:
The following is a list of Scheduled Disability and Weeks of Compensation Paid under the Longshore Act:
(1) Arm lost, three hundred and twelve weeks' compensation.
(2) Leg lost, two hundred and eighty-eight weeks' compensation.
(3) Hand lost, two hundred and forty-four weeks' compensation.
(4) Foot lost, two hundred and five weeks' compensation.
(5) Eye lost, one hundred and sixty weeks' compensation.
Everything else is considered an unscheduled injury.
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