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SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
01:12 AM ET (US)
There are good attorneys out there. You will have to expand your search nationwide.
Brownbomber2Person was signed in when posted
11:18 PM ET (US)
Rick Owens/10814
I have been at this since December of 2011, so if that means I am in a hurry, I guess I am. I am still trying to get the lower back and cervical spine connected to the fall at work. I have three doctors that have said that these conditions are a result of the fall, but I keep getting denied by OWCP. I have called at least 20 different attorneys and sat down with a few and all of them say they will not take on the federal government. I have two personal friends who are attorneys and they have tried to find me an attorney who will take my case and there is nobody out there that is interested in anything except the schedule award. I am not going to pay anyone several thousand dollars to fill out a one page form that I can fill out myself. OWCP operates with complete disregard for the health or welfare of those it insures and they do it without any worry of any action against them. I have two senators contacting them and they send them a form letter and that is that, the senators don't look any further into the case. I have an appeal in process right now, but they told me it will take months and if that fails, I have to request an oral hearing. I am not giving up, but I will not sugar coat anything for anyone along the way who doesn't do their job.
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bobby bakerPerson was signed in when posted
01:23 PM ET (US)
 Hi. Does. Everyone get a scheduled. Award. I was told. I coud not. Apply I had some surgery on my leg
KIMMIEKPerson was signed in when posted
11:44 PM ET (US)
Does anyone know what the latest news means on the OWCP/ACS website? It says something about providers needing to register again?

Re-Enrollment Announcement
The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) will be conducting a Re-Enrollment of all actively enrolled OWCP Providers. The automated process will utilize the current enrollment data and conduct a verification using central public databases to include: provider demographics, NPI, taxonomy, specialty type, licensure, EFT, and proof of Medicare Certification where applicable.

For more information about Re-Enrollment click here

Does anyone know if they sent letters to our doctors asking them to register again or do we contact our doctors ourselves?
neicePerson was signed in when posted
09:14 PM ET (US)
Cady - That's pretty shabby about your doctor not even writing the truth (I mean if you told him it was work related). I wonder if that's even legal.

The problem you're referring to is when the post office offers you a job, they have to take into consideration all your health problems. Since you already have a modified job offer for your actual owcp injury then this new surgery doctor orders keeping you out of work doesn't apply in your situation.

The only thing you could do so that you are assured that you will be paid, is to have your owcp injury be the reason you can't go to work until November.

Another option, is to file another owcp claim, for your surgery injury when you find a doctor who will do the paperwork.

Another option also is to ask your owcp injury doctor (the one you already have), if he thinks this new injury you had to have surgery for is a "consequential injury" to your original injury. Cuz if it is, then that is where you can get owcp to pay you too. Your owcp injury doc would have to write very compelling medical evidence with medical rationale explaining the mechanics how this new injury you had surgery for developed from your original injury. ex. You have an original knee injury. A couple of months later you develop a hip injury or back injury because of the way you have to walk due to your original knee injury which causes you to lean too much on one side, etc. stuff like that
JFP679Person was signed in when posted
08:29 PM ET (US)
Cady... I can't help with most of your problems, but I can tell you I have to drive 275 miles to my doctor each way. OWCP approved it and they pay me mileage for every trip. I have been seeing him for 6 years and have had 6 surgeries with no problems from OWCP. I know how it is to live where no doctors will bother with federal work comp. I know it's a long way to drive, but for me it's totally worth it. I hope you can find someone!!
Good luck!
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
08:24 PM ET (US)
Yes OWCP is correct if you are working limited duty and you have to go out of work for a non work related injury then they don't have to pay you the hours of the limited duty job...BUT they should pay you what they were paying you all along. Say you were working 4 hours a day and getting comp for the other four hours....OWCP would have to continue paying you the four hours you were getting from them but not the 8.

What you are reading applies to if you were already getting 8 hours OWCP and you developed the new condition then if there is a job offer, they have to consider the new condition in the offer.

I would consider flying to see a reputable OWCP doctor.
CadyPerson was signed in when posted
04:43 PM ET (US)
I still don't understand the DOL chapter 2 Policy Job Offers and Return to Work, it states:

"If medical reports in the file document a condition which has arisen or worsened since the compensable injury, and this condition disables the claimant from the offered job, the job will be considered unsuitable (even if the subsequently acquired condition is not work-related). As noted previously, the claimant must be taken as a whole person. If a non work-related condition results in work restrictions, those must be considered."

So if I am reading this correctly by them requiring me to return to light duty and I cannot go because I am told no work until Nov 22nd for the 2nd injury that I should be considered as a whole person and should receive my OWCP.

Or am I missing something?
CadyPerson was signed in when posted
04:16 PM ET (US)
I went to the Drs. office and got my report and it states:

"has may months of pain. This is pain that has developed form use including use at work. She does not report a work injury."

I tried all of the Drs. within the 150 miles and all of them quit taking OWCP patients but they are still on the website.

I will file the Ca2 and may start calling Drs. further out. With winter coming on it will be hard to travel and I am restricted to driving only 2hrs.

niece, I thank you for the kind help!
neicePerson was signed in when posted
04:00 PM ET (US)
Cady - Well, that's gonna be a problem then, cuz the doctor makes or breaks your claim. CA2 is occupational disease when injury happened over a time, from repetition, etc.

Did you try going on the owcp acs website and searching for a doctor that way?

You should request your medical records of this doctor who doesn't want to be involved and read exactly what he wrote. If he wrote that the injury was related to your work, believe you me, your insurance company will ruffle some feathers. The insurance company's do not want to pay for injuries caused by work.

I would go in person to get a copy of your medical records and wait for them if they don't mind, then read everything over with a fine tooth comb. If you do see that your doctor did write the injury happened from your job, then proceed from there. Your doctor may be forced to do the right thing, especially after you read this and contact your insurance company asking if you should file a work comp claim for the surgery/injury.

But, be sure to read your medical records first.
CadyPerson was signed in when posted
03:34 PM ET (US)
Yes it is.

My problem is I cannot find a Dr. I have called all Drs. within about 150 miles and because of the paperwork none of them no longer provide care if it is a Federal Work Comp injury. That is why I had to use my insurance.

Do I file a Ca1 or Ca2? My injury happened over time not just one incident and the insurance Doctor did make a note of it on my 1st visit. He will not fill out 1 piece of paper if it might even slightly be filed as a work injury, so I'm kind of stuck with no where to go.
neicePerson was signed in when posted
03:21 PM ET (US)
Cady - Is the surgery you had due to a work-related injury? If so, you better file a work comp claim for it. That is how you will get paid, once owcp accepts it.
CadyPerson was signed in when posted
03:03 PM ET (US)
I am on light duty with a work injury and am on OWCP. I am on a leave from light duty due to another surgery which I used my insurance for because I couldn't find an OWCP surgeon in my area.

The HR office and my CE are saying that I must return to light duty and that I am able to work with my light duty injury even though my other injury has a no return to work until November 22nd.

I found on the DOL website that a return to work they must consider the "Whole Body" but the CE disagrees.

I have not received OWCP for over 5 months.

Does anyone know how I can resolve this?

Thank you in advance!
NancPerson was signed in when posted
02:02 AM ET (US)
Thanks, Snowed, I will let you know how it works out.
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
10:46 PM ET (US)
Sounds like your CE is clueless. I would write to the District Director for help. I have had clueless CE's before...they sometimes don't know how to do their job...and the senior CE sometimes is no better.
NancPerson was signed in when posted
10:46 AM ET (US)
Yes only one check...then the CE changed my status to medical benefits only. No decision letter. I went to her supervisor on advice from someone, which I felt was right, now she seems very Angry.
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