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libran63Person was signed in when posted
12:26 AM ET (US)
okay. thanks.
agodlywomanPerson was signed in when posted
02:11 PM ET (US)
librano63: make sure your doc knows "everything" you did at work. i closed my eyes and went to all my job duties on different days. i had to keep going back to what i was writing because things were different over the period of a week.
throwed under the busPerson was signed in when posted
10:03 PM ET (US)
Ok, I get a letter for OWCP. Stating only a total recovery that is the ability to return to regular work within 1 year of the date that wage loss began will protect your right to reclaim the job you held at the time of injury. I shld make every effort to return to regular employment with my agency within 1 year. You are encouraged to contact servicing personnel to discuss the consequences of being in an extended LWOP status. I f you remain unable to perform the full range of duties required by regular position, your rehabilitation will move to vocational planning where we will help you to prepare for other employment. The work may be with another federal agency or with private employer. When placement services conclude, whether you are actually employed or not, continuing compensation benefits will be reduced based upon the pay of the position for which you are found qualified.
Can anyone explain this process to me and what OWCP is saying?
neicePerson was signed in when posted
10:23 PM ET (US)
throwed - If you don't return to regular employment within one year, owcp will start vocational rehab on you (training you to do a job within your medical restrictions) and if even you can't find a job doing this job, you will be evaluated on the pay rate which this job pays per hour. Your benefits will then be reduced to what this new job that you can do within your medical restrictions pays per hour.

ex. you are being paid by owcp in conjuction with your govt wages of approx $28.00/hr. then after voc rehab you get trained for a job within your med restrictions which pays $12.00/hr. owcp will then rate your loss with the $12.00/hr job. your new job can be with walmart, or any place, as long as it is within your medical restrictions
throwed under the busPerson was signed in when posted
10:09 AM ET (US)
niece11838: Wow! I did not know they did that, is this to push you into retirement? So I will loose my position at my job now if I am unable to return in 1 year. I saw my doctor last week he is ordering some test to check nerve damage and sort of think this is as good as it is going to get. And will put me in for limited duty, so what will this do for me? I thought people got workers comp for however long, you hurt on job and was never your intentions. How does it work with getting paid for the nerve damage to my left leg if I am at the maximum? How do you go after that and when? So workers comp will only pay for a year. I thought I read somewhere if you found another job then you could also get paid from owcp the difference or maybe if that is retirement. I am lost
neicePerson was signed in when posted
11:35 AM ET (US)
throwed - Worker's comp is not a retirement plan and they want to get people off their rolls. If you can go back to work within one year, even for at least 4 hours/day, that will be to your advantage. Even if you go back for 8 hours, and then the next day file another work comp claim if you hurt yourself again, that will also be to your advantage. Then your one year time frame will begin again. If your doctor says you can go back to work, and you do want to try, just remember if you get hurt again, it will be a new injury claim.

Since you have nerve damage in your leg, and you are at MMI, then you need to file for a scheduled award. I am not familiar with scheduled awards because I never filed for one, but Snowed and Ed Daniels and others know all about it here.

Worker's comp will pay for wages longer than one year as long as your doctor says you can go back to doing some kind of work for the govt. But, it has to be at least 4 hours/day to be considered real work.

It sounds like because you're at MMI, and because your doctor says you can't go back to work for the govt, then that is the reason OWCP is going to do vocational rehab on you. Owcp doesn't care where you work or what you're qualified for within your medical restrictions, they only care about giving you less money or no money.

ex. they do voc rehab, you get trained to be a receptionist answering phones, this receptionist job pays you $12.00/hr, but you don't get hired to be a receptionist because you can't find a job, then owcp will pay you 75% or 66% of $12.00/hr for working 20, 30, 40 hours/week (however many hours your doctor says you can work at being a receptionist). If you do find a job being a receptionist at $12.00/hr for 40 hours/week then owcp only has to pay for your doctor appts and your medical benefits as long as you always have your injury.
throwed under the busPerson was signed in when posted
12:07 PM ET (US)
Niece 11840; thank you for enlightening me on this. I think it sucks, its as though after one year I loose my job and salary because of an on the job injury. I know the nurse said it will be limited duty so I do not know what the usps will have to offer me. Yes, I do have nerve damage to left leg. I am not ready to retire and I am not ready to be put in a box and this is all you can get a month for the rest of your life. I also have one more round of chemo and radiation to do for 6 weeks every day. My year is up on July 15th.
throwed under the busPerson was signed in when posted
12:09 PM ET (US)
neice 11840: so do I loose my job at usps when year is up or no if the doctor says I can do limited duty for now
agodlywomanPerson was signed in when posted
12:10 PM ET (US)
throwed: with some, they never to the voc rehab process. they didn't with me and i've been on owcp for 10 years. if you are having great mental problems because of your injuries, see someone about it and have them do a report also and submit it. do not file for a mental claim, but let them know what your psychologist states about how much you are suffering with mental anguish and the process you are having to endure. do it now.
throwed under the busPerson was signed in when posted
02:17 PM ET (US)
a godly woman 11843: Yes, I am emotional upset today. I had to calm myself down. I'm thinking so this is the end of my career. What about my insurance, what happens to my job? Am I just fired, no retirement or nothing. good bye I also need someone who has dealt with the award for injury to certain parts of your body while on the job.
Sue2Person was signed in when posted
03:05 PM ET (US)
Snowed: FYI
So am I ok if I have a CSA number ?
neicePerson was signed in when posted
03:23 PM ET (US)
throwed - To be safe, apply for Disability REtirement before your one year is up. At least that way you will have Disability REtirement as a back-up plan. You have to apply for Disability rEtirement before your one year absence. You don't have to activate until you absolutely need to, but to have it accepted and sitting in the queue ready to go is to your advantage.

Limited duty is owcp work that the usps will make an offer to you for. Even if you still want to try to go back to work, definitely apply for the DR before your one year is up.
jjmvPerson was signed in when posted
07:01 PM ET (US)
throwed- get a lawyer or a union representative and ask for permanent accommodations due to on the job injury- write a letter first and if within 30 days if you dont get permanent accommodations job offer then you and a representative can file with the merit board - at least thats what i have been reading under -on the job injuries - government employees have that right at least thats my understanding/ i might be wrong but look into it
throwed under the busPerson was signed in when posted
08:17 PM ET (US)
niece 11846, My one year is up in July. I am concerned with taking the disability retirement and pay getting cut. Having to live off a lot less. But will call and get paper work
neicePerson was signed in when posted
09:05 PM ET (US)
throwed - Applying for DR is just a protection for you, which when your out of work after 1 year you will not be able to apply for, so you do need to apply for it now. Even if it takes 6 months to get approved, at least you will have it as a back- up.

HOpefully, your doctor says you can do some work and the usps lets you go back for at least 4 hrs/day to do some work, cuz then owcp will pay you the other 4 hrs/day.

Even just working 4 hrs/day for usps, you can apply for DR as a back-up. You don't have to activate the DR, but at least you can get the paperwork in.
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
11:23 PM ET (US)
throwed....Woh! You may be misinformed or worried about nothing. That is a standard OWCP letter to remind you that certain rights you have of returned to duty may be lost but what they are saying does not automatically happen after one year. That has NEVER happened to me and I've been out for 6 years.

As for vocational rehab...

Let's say you made $30 dollars when injured and then OWCP sends you to vocational rehab where they determine you can earn $10/hour. Whether you find a job or not at $10/hour, OWCP will still pay you for 75% or 66% of the $20 you will lose each hour.

You really should not probably apply for a Schedule award unless you return to full duty or full pay or take disability retirement. Most don't make out. OWCP will only pay either your wage loss or your SA if the claims are for the same injury or body part.
Edited 05-25-2015 11:25 PM
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