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11609
InjuredPerson was signed in when posted
03-27-2015
08:59 PM ET (US)
Hi everyone...I am on PR on owcp and normally ACS shows my compensation info the wednesday before I am to get paid the following friday, well as of tonight there is no information as to my compensation check, has anyone had any delays recently in receving their comp check. I am worried that this might cause a delay in receving my comp check, as this is a deviation from the norm
11608
darnshamePerson was signed in when posted
03-25-2015
08:58 PM ET (US)
the supe disapprove my FMLA approved doc appointment, for needs of service. i said that's why we have FMLA protection. you can't make this stuff up. this is funnny.

this is what my paper says:

X Your FMLA leave request is approved. All leave for this reason will be designated as FMLA leave.

you just can't make this crap up.
Edited 03-25-2015 08:58 PM
11607
egarkPerson was signed in when posted
03-23-2015
01:04 PM ET (US)
Buckeye /m11605 /m11606 - the Department of Labor agrees with the night differential , but I can find nothing which supports an extension after 45 days. After 45 days you go on workmans' comp.
11606
BuckeyePerson was signed in when posted
03-23-2015
11:42 AM ET (US)
One other thing I thought of, I thought I had read somewhere previously that Night Differential is also payable as a part of COP and I can not find it again. My supervisors state that Night Differential is not included as a part of COP (and yet it is specifically mentioned on the CA-7 as a type of loss) and claim that it is stated on the form for other uses. I can ask the OWCP rep, but unless I find something I can print and take in with me they will do nothing about it, and the OWCP rep emailing my supervisors means nothing.....she did that multiple times stating my entitlement to COP, including their supervisor and amazingly they never received those emails.....until I provided them with a printed copy of said emails.....it was only after my 45 day period was well over did I finally receive my first COP payment (adjustments). If anyone can point me in the direction of where I might find something I can print I would be very greatful! Maybe I am wrong on that, but I could have sworn I saw it somewhere in all of my previous looking in the last few months (otherwise I would just look in my browser history, but it has long been erased from that).
11605
BuckeyePerson was signed in when posted
03-23-2015
11:30 AM ET (US)
As I understand it once the first 45 days of COP are exhausted you can remain on COP if your injury persists an additional 14 days or more beyond the end of the original 45 days--although they make you wait out the 14 days and on the 15th day do an adjustment for the COP for days 46 thru 59, and I am past both those time periods.

I have googled and read online for hours, but in the circumstance of a closure/layoff I am not finding the information I am looking for and I have been dreading calling the OWCP rep as she has not been helpful thus far and quite rude (but so far the most helpful that I have had to deal with other than those here) and asking my supervisors is hopeless as they are the reason I have googled so much and learned as much as I have about OWCP/COP is because they claim to not have a clue, so if I don't know how to procede with things they certainly haven't done it without my showing them printed proof, and my union hasn't been of much help thus far either.

I am awaiting the doctor to fix an error on the last round of paper work and getting it back from him before requesting copies of all records/MRI/Xrays and whistle blowing him to the insurance and finding a new doctor. Part of me almost thinks he put "fell on ice" on it on purpose thinking I would just send it over and stall out my workmans claim, but I just returned it back to his office a few moments ago along with a new form and detailed instructions on his error. With everything I have been through with this Dr in the last several days I put nothing past him.

Thank you all for your help and I welcome any additional advice!

FYI, I am a she not a he LOL
11604
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
03-23-2015
01:47 AM ET (US)
It is possible to get paid by an agency beyond the 45 days but not usual at all....they would have to have that in their policy.

Buckeye-
You need medical restrictions to continue on OWCP so it is important your doctor is fully on board with the facts of your injury.
11603
egarkPerson was signed in when posted
03-22-2015
10:14 PM ET (US)
KIMMIEK /m11061 - there was no mockery, and no, he did NOT state properly. He stated that he had a traumatic injury "a few months ago" and "I am beyond 45 days" and he is still on COP? I don't think so. Other than that, your advice is good.
Edited 03-22-2015 11:28 PM
11602
KIMMIEKPerson was signed in when posted
03-22-2015
09:53 PM ET (US)
Buckeye what your doctor is doing can be fixed by one phone call to the insurance company. Tell them what you posted in here. These insurance companies will adjudicate the situation and decide. If there is fraud they will fix it. I would contact your Claims Examiner and ask these very important questions to him/her. Do not be afraid you have nothing to hide or fear. You need to know as you have been on COP and no one is helping you. Contact your district's injury specialist who handles your claim forms CA-7- CA-17- CA-20 and ask her/him for assistance. You again need to be pro active to be informed. Your case is a unique like mine was only I have worked for the USPS now almost 36 years vs you being NEW. Sorry about your injuries and if you could try and learn as much as you can. There are many sites on GOOGLE about OWCP/FECA you can research. The OWCP website is loaded with info. There are also attorneys and reps if you feel things are going bad.
11601
KIMMIEKPerson was signed in when posted
03-22-2015
09:30 PM ET (US)
egark STOP! Do not do that.I believe that he DID state properly. This person is a PSE most likely new to the agency. We do not mock folks here-- go back to your political forum
Edited 03-22-2015 09:43 PM
11600
egarkPerson was signed in when posted
03-22-2015
07:18 PM ET (US)
Buckeye /m11599 - no, you are not on COP, you are on workmans' comp, and they are not the same thing. It is hard to solve a problem if you don't explain it properly.
11599
BuckeyePerson was signed in when posted
03-22-2015
06:37 PM ET (US)
I am beyond 45 days on COP but still receiving it anytime I work less than my allowed # of hours. I have to file my clock rings every 2 weeks in addition.

Yes I have checked ACS, that is how I know he is billing both.

So when I get laid off I still get paid then? Keep in mind I am still a PSE? I am have been afraid that if the dr didnt put me off that basically he is saying I am capable then of finding new work and pay will stop, and mt finding new work from a new employer just isn't going to happen after one look at me.
11598
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
03-22-2015
06:27 PM ET (US)
Buckeye-
Have you checked ACS to see if your doctor is billing OWCP as well? Yes that is fraud on the doctor's part. Find a new doctor and ask your treating doctor to give you a referral to a new doctor. I wouldn't pursue the fraud allegations until you are set with a new doctor.
11597
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
03-22-2015
06:24 PM ET (US)
Buckeye-
Wow you have a tough one! COP only lasts 45 days. If you are laid off from a light duty job you may have to file a recurrence of disability due to withdrawal of light duty. Until you are back to full duty or employed elsewhere the USPS and/or OWCP must pay you for your wage loss. Your COP may convert to regular wage loss after employment termination but to be sure, I would call OWCP and talk with your CE. Even if you are separated from employment you would still file CA-7's with the USPS. You should also qualify for unemployment on top of your OWCP benefits. Each state sets its own rules with that so contact your state department of Labor after your termination.
11596
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
03-22-2015
06:12 PM ET (US)
burnt out-
Grievance if they will not change it.
11595
burnt outPerson was signed in when posted
03-22-2015
05:48 PM ET (US)
If your on-the-job injury is accepted by OWCP, you turn in your leave slip with OWCP for the type of leave for the surgery, and your manager inputs the time of your absence as sick leave without your permission, what is your recourse?
11594
BuckeyePerson was signed in when posted
03-22-2015
06:15 AM ET (US)
I have been trying to find an answer online to this and have yet to find one so I am hoping someone here will be able to shed some light.

I was injured on the job in a traumatic injury a few months ago and have been receiving COP while on a light duty assignment with multiple limitations. I am currently awaiting approval of multiple surgeries.

I am a PSE, but being an on the job injury, it is my impression that OWCP treats PSE's in the same manner as career employees, hence the receipt of COP.

My problem: I am working for a P&DC which is closing in a couple of weeks. When the closure occurs what happens then? Am I entitled to COP still while I am awaiting approval of the first surgery? I am certainly not employable to a new employer as I have very visible non-removable medical devices. I have been going around and around with my doctor from the start on my ability to work at all and he seems to think a job exists to just sit and do nothing but answer a phone so I am capable and he doesn't listen to what I tell him. As of late he has decided he is no longer going to treat me unless I opt to bill my private insurance because he no longer wishes to deal with Workman's paperwork, yet I have received Explination of Benefits statements from my private insurance that he has been billing my private insurance from the start as well as Workman's Comp and gotten paid from both even though I have never given him my insurance card, he is taking a stab in the dark that the one time I was at a different doctor within this hospital 4 years ago that my insurance is the same and billing it, and it is, so at this point he is not only not looking out for me as a patient, he is now committing fraud.

I am petrified what is going to happen to my family financially as a result of this layoff. Does COP stop while I am awaiting surgery because I am a PSE and I am just screwed due to having a crap doctor (until I find a new one because I will not allow him to commit fraud...but I won't be able to start with a new doctor before the layoff) and bad timing or do I still receive COP, and if I do still receive COP how do I do the paperwork with no supervisor to sign off on anything?
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