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bobbybakerPerson was signed in when posted
09:55 AM ET (US)
    Hello. Would I still get. My benefits if I'm still under dr. Care. When I turn soc sec age ?and when released after retirement age receive a scheduled award?
Edited 10-10-2015 11:59 AM
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
07:11 PM ET (US)
Lucky- you take the report to your treating doctor and let s/he respond to the SECOP report. Other than that, you do nothing until you hear from OWCP. If your doctor and the SECOP disagree you will likely be sent to an IME. You can look over the report and respond to any inaccuracies.
Lucky2bme7Person was signed in when posted
04:52 PM ET (US)
Hi Snowed - I wrote to the forum and received a response from you on Aug. 5th regarding seeing MES (their 1st opinion). I brought a witness and a recorder and they refused to let me use either. I got a hold of our union rep and he told me that they were correct that I could not bring in witness or recorder. At this appointment, I was informed by the doctor that I have bruised bones in my foot, which I was never told this by any of the doctors I was seeing. This same MES doctor let me know that he was not going to have me stand on foot or tippy toes because of the bruised bones. I got home and looked up bruised bones and it close to a fracture. Lucky me - right? I have since gotten their report back and I was ordered to go back to work. Not sure what to do or how to do anything - at this point. I have written letters to my work site and OWCP. I even certified return receipted a couple of them and I still have not gotten any response from anyone. How should I proceed? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
Lucky2bme7Person was signed in when posted
04:42 PM ET (US)
Hi everyone, I am looking at CA-7 form Section 2 - I was told by owcp to check box A. "leave without pay." I want to get paid. Was her information correct?
JFP679Person was signed in when posted
03:20 PM ET (US)
Hi everyone, I am working 6 hours per day limited duty and owcp is paying me the other 2 hours. I am 9 months from retirement now. I know that owcp time counts towards retirement, but can anyone tell me if it affects the fers supplement? I will be 56 when I retire with 32 years of service. I've read a lot about owcp and retirement, but I can't find anything about the supplement.
Thank you!!
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
07:16 AM ET (US)
Ignore it. they are supposed to get medical directly from OWCP.
Sue2Person was signed in when posted
07:45 PM ET (US)
I am no longer on PO rolls. I get letter telling me to send medical to
an Injury Comp. Specialist
Oakland Ca.
Headquarters/Pacific Area
I was out of San Diego, Ca.
Has this happened to anyone else ?
Brownbomber2Person was signed in when posted
07:09 PM ET (US)
Snowed Thanks. Will do.
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
06:10 PM ET (US)
Unless you have already written to the Secretary of Labor, I would not give up. You can ask for help at the District Level first but the next step would be the Secretary of Labor...just email Secretary Perez.. You can skip the DD if matter is urgent to you.
Edited 10-06-2015 06:11 PM
Brownbomber2Person was signed in when posted
05:54 PM ET (US)
Snowed I am not sure if I am even going to get one. They tell me it has been formally denied and I cannot get any information from them about it and they will not schedule a second opinion. Congress woman McCaskill says she can't help me, so I may just be out of luck. I have yet to find an attorney who will take the case, they say it doesn't pay enough and if workers comp doesn't want to do something, nobody can make them. Guess they are right.
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
11:32 PM ET (US)
SS does not "get" your schedule award but your payments are offset by the award. They can't stop you from spending it. They can only send a statement of overpayment if you have one.
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
11:25 PM ET (US)
on my way out-
Did you submit a CA-20 that shows your periods of disability to cover that period of time?
on my way outPerson was signed in when posted
04:05 PM ET (US)
Brownbomber: So sorry, I explained in 12125 I got it straightened out, it was MY mistake, not theirs. Thx anyway.
Brownbomber2Person was signed in when posted
03:09 PM ET (US)
on my way out 12123
Not sure about how anyone else has gotten along with them, but the last time I contacted my congressman (McCaskill)I was advised they could not really help me because they would be acting as my attorney and could not do it.
Brownbomber2Person was signed in when posted
03:05 PM ET (US)
4 years ago I fell at work and was injured. Had surgeries on both the right shoulder and right foot. I was finally retired on disability from both the postal service and social security. I applied for a schedule award with documentation from Ellis Clinic. The postal service said it was an incomplete report and Ellis Clinic replied to them and apparently it was a complete report. Workers comp then scheduled me with one of the doctors on their list of doctors who happened to be one of the attending doctors during my treatment. I questioned the doctors ability to be unbiased, made the doctor mad and he reported that I was adversarial. Workers comp then contacted me telling me that I was formally denied until such time I agreed to see second opinion doctor and keep my mouth shut. I agreed almost a year ago and they were supposed to set me up with the second opinion, but to date have not done that, even though I called and they assured me that it would be straightened out and I would be scheduled for a second opinion. Can they permanently deny me a schedule award for any reason? I am not sure what to do from here. Also, is there any way to keep the social security disability people from taking the schedule award if and when I get it? They say I cannot spend any of it until they determine how much of it that they get. Thanks.
on my way outPerson was signed in when posted
02:41 PM ET (US)
Snowed, THX! Found out today I was looking at the "agency" portion, DUH, me. I could really use yours or anyones help on the next matter. I had a claim for my neck and spine, a claim for lumbar and hip, and then my shoulder got completely tore in April of 2013. Shoulder got approved in May have 2013, which gave me 3 approved claims. I ran out of sick leave the end of Oct 2013, so I put in to get back paid for Oct 2013, thru May 2014 on the and the lumbar and hip claim. Doctor told me to do so, as it was a Sure thing, NOT. I had open shoulder surgery in May of 2014. They started paying me starting in May, 2014. 3 1/2 months later, dol sent me for an FCE in Sept of 2014, and made me lift 25 lbs, so Everything in my shoulder tore all over again. Lumbar and hip denied Twice for insufficient medical. Recently put in for Neck and spine denied once for not enough medical, of which I sent in over 50 pages of medical from doctor. I think they meant doctors narrative. Doctor said he's never had to do narrative, and people always get approved. I didn't.
     Have been for 3 Second opinions and an FCE in Aug this year. Was told by dol that doctor says I'm permanently disabled and can never work again. Am waiting for that paperwork, so that maybe I can get neck and spine doctor can do narrative along with what they wrote. I'm planning to send along a copy of pay stub to show I ran out of sick leave, so as to show that's why I needed to go on workers comp. Also I'm going to send the medication papers we receive that shows the name, what they are used for, what they do for you and the side effects. The ones I'm on barely let me function, let alone focus. Half the time I don't know if Im coming or going,my thought process jumps around like an ant on a hot skillet. I've been wiritng this for over 2 hours for example. Many times I drop things, stumble, get sharp stabbing pains, which cause me to be very unstable. Dol has approved all my claims, therapy, mri's, injections, surgeries, treatments and medications for all 3 claims, yet I have been denied for insufficient medical in order to get that pay I'm short. Now I'm planning to turn in for my shoulder. Also, I thought of writing a letter to the director, and asking how they can approve everything, and then deny my pay, very confusing to me. Any and all help would be appreciated.
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
09:21 PM ET (US)
On my way out-
Write to the Secretary of Labor. You can just send an email asking for help.
on my way outPerson was signed in when posted
06:44 PM ET (US)
Should I go to Congressman? File Grievance?
on my way outPerson was signed in when posted
06:43 PM ET (US)
How do I get my "overpayment back"? Workers comp has been deducting 900 per month for the last 16 months for my health insurance. I thought I had to pay FULL cost. Found out at therapy today that everyone else was Still paying what they paid Before they went on workers comp. 3-4 hundred dollars a month. I had been calling HR shared services, Eagan accounting, and continually been getting the run around. Called and spoke to HR shared services again, and asked her to explain the "cycle" to me. Your Right if you guessed my Own injury comp office was the ones who sent the bill, and gave me the managers name and phone number. She assumed workers comp notified them I was going to be paid by them and sent them the paperwork on what to take out for my check. If this is correct, they owe me Over 9600.00!! I called the manager and left a message for her to call me, repeating my information Three times. If I don't hear from her, What do I do? Need to get straight before retirement, so if anything happens to me, hubby is Not Taken advantage of. Should I file retaliation EEO and ask for mediation?
on my way outPerson was signed in when posted
10:16 PM ET (US)
Rudypudy: My heart goes out to you, and my prayers are for you. I read all of your story, and I agree it was very hard to read. For future reference , as I have also been advised, is to "break it up" as Snowed suggested into paragraphs. Eyes need to rest, and brain needs to absorb. I know you kept writing, as I have done in the past, due to ALL of the hurt and anger you feel. This is part of the PTSD, and you pray someone, somewhere can help you.
     I would get all pertinent information, especially the forged letter, go to congressman, and I would send to Attorney Generals office. Also, I would report attorneys to the bar, and push to get them disbarred. They may not get disbarred, but the information and word of mouth will hopefully help others from falling into the same trap. I learned from here to try to take all emotion out, and present just the facts. And your right, postal management won't shed 1 tear for any of us. Believe it or not, they may not answer for their evil now, but eventually they will, and have to pay for it, while all of us can rest easy. I've seen some of the ones that abused me get demoted, had to retire effective immediately, and other things, so what comes around, does go around, have patience. Put your energy on getting your "mess" cleaned up and CLEARING your name and reputation!! May God Bless you and I wish you the best.
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