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12060
Sue2Person was signed in when posted
08-25-2015
05:40 PM ET (US)
Went to doctor today and he did a PPR report.relesased to restricted duty. No bending, no pushing, no stopping, no climbing, no pulling, lifting 10 lbs, sitting 15-20 min, standing 5-10 min, walking 5 min.
He will no longer
Give totally temporarily disabled.
So what should I do ?
Any help would be great !!
Can I ask for second opinion ?
Doctor says I need L2- L3 fused again.
This doctor is under ivestagation in another state for
fraud. I just found this out.
I am no longer on PO rolls.
Edited 08-25-2015 07:41 PM
12061
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
08-25-2015
08:01 PM ET (US)
Sue2-
Just because the doctor gave you these restrictions, doesn't mean you are employable. The restrictions seem as if you are still unemployable. Most doctors will not give anyone 100% disability.
12062
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
08-25-2015
08:04 PM ET (US)
Lucky-
You go to the Ecomp home page and click on green radio button on the right that says "Access case & upload document." Write down the DCN number they give you so you can check on receipt of the document.
12063
Sue2Person was signed in when posted
08-25-2015
09:33 PM ET (US)
Snowed: So should I just send in report and wait or do I need to call CE and let them know about changes ?
Edited 08-26-2015 01:32 AM
12064
throwed under the busPerson was signed in when posted
08-26-2015
06:08 PM ET (US)
Went to second opinion doctor, from his report OWCP sent letter to my employer giving them 30 days to give me a job offer with my restrictions which are permanent so the second opinion doctor says. My physician have not told me yet if he agrees or not with this. Today, I asked to come to post office they have a job offer. It consist of 3 hours a day 1 hour to case route and 2 hours to deliver mail according to my restrictions. The physical requirements of this modified assignment are no operating a vehicle at work greater than 2 hours, no squatting/kneeling/climbing. I did not say no but told postmaster I will send this to my doctor because all of this is the result of second opinion doctor not mine. My doctor wants to do injections in the future when I am done with radiation. Also if my doctor says its ok then for 5 weeks I will be doing radiation and can't work because I will not be staying at home. Next question on the offer of modified assignment my scheduled days off they chose was Wednesday, something convience for them. My off days are rotating Friday and Saturday so can they change this? That means I will be working every Saturday. If I am understanding this all correctly then if I am having to be off for radiation then I will use 15 hours or 12 hours because I can work on Saturdays, of sick leave or lwop if I have no leave and owcp will still have to pay me for the other. Is this correct? Was I right to say I need to give to my doctor before I could say yes.Also for the balance of the day can owcp still send me to vocational rehabilitation. Also the effective/ available date is today date the day I acutally got a copy. I have to get a doctor appointment for the doctor to go over this.
Edited 08-26-2015 06:27 PM
12065
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
08-26-2015
09:53 PM ET (US)
throwed-
According to the ELM you should consult with your doctor on any job offers. If you can't squat, then how can you lift mail off the floor? How can you climb stairs to deliver mail.....you should not break any of your restrictions at work. If your doctor disagrees then he/she needs to send a medical report to OWCP explaining why you cannot accept the job offer.
12066
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
08-26-2015
09:54 PM ET (US)
Sue2-
Send a copy but your doctor should have already sent one.
12067
throwed under the busPerson was signed in when posted
08-26-2015
11:04 PM ET (US)
Snowed 12065, thank you. I was wondering the same thing as far as bending over hamper to place and retrieve my mail. Stepping in and out of truck. And this offer is according to the report of second opinion doctor not my physician I see for my back. I have to get an appointment to see my doctor to go over his view and discuss the matter.
12068
throwed under the busPerson was signed in when posted
08-31-2015
12:55 PM ET (US)
I finally got an appointment with my doctor to discuss modified job offer. Does anyone know how this works if doctor says I can do the modified job offer of 3 hours a day then how am I paid for the other 5 hours. Also I still do not understand how my scheduled day off can get change. My restriction is no squatting/kneeling/climbing.
12069
neicePerson was signed in when posted
08-31-2015
02:39 PM ET (US)
throwed under bus - First read if the modified job offer is an actual job - meaning is it your job title? If so, then they po has to still do the rotating days off like carriers have. If it's not your job title, then the po can change the days off.

Second, it's best for you to work at least 4 hours per day so that you don't have trouble with the po later down the line (if you can tolerate 4 hours). 4 hours is considered a real job in the govt.

Third, owcp will pay you the remainder hours you can't work. You will have to subject ca-7 & ca-7a every two weeks until owcp puts you on periodic roll.

I get a feeling because you're only working 3 hours per day, that the job the po is offering you is what owcp calls an odd-lot position, (one made expressly for you & your restrictions).
12070
throwed under the busPerson was signed in when posted
08-31-2015
04:10 PM ET (US)
niece 12069 yes, I will be casing my route and carrying 2 hours on the street. the post office came up with the 3 hours a day and what kind of trouble down the line I can expect if I am only doing 3 and not 4. I also notice on report I am not at my MMI. I am currently on periodic roll. I know I called the union headquarters and the guy told me they could change my day off but I will be doing my job as a letter carrier 1 hour casing and 2 hours on street,I can only drive for 2 hours and all of this is based on what the second opinion doctor says not my doctor. I go to him on thursday. I also note I can only pull,push or lift not over 20 lbs. The uhamper weighs 80 lbs.
12071
neicePerson was signed in when posted
08-31-2015
09:28 PM ET (US)
throwed under bus - I just remember reading something about working less than 4 hours per day may not be regarded as a real job, that it would be considered an 'make-shift' job.

Maybe, that's why they can change your day off. Because if you're still in your letter carrier job, then you should still be getting your rotating days off.
12072
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
08-31-2015
11:01 PM ET (US)
throwed-
I wouldn't worry that is only 3 hours. Do what your own doctor says you can do. If you are not MMI then it does not matter. How can you do street delivery if you can't climb? A u hamper might weigh 80 lbs but the wheels make it lighter. It is not easy to calculate or get the actual hamper push/pull weight especially if the wheels are a bit stuck like mine always was. Stuck wheels could make the push weight over 100 lbs. Ask your union for help with this. You might need someone to push the hamper for you. If something looks over 20 pounds, don't try to lift it... Ask a clerk to check the weight for you first.
12073
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
08-31-2015
11:05 PM ET (US)
throwed-
When you go back to work you will have to start filing CA-7/7a's. this is how you get paid the difference by OWCP.
12074
lawnladyPerson was signed in when posted
09-01-2015
11:19 AM ET (US)
Snowed or neice I'm working under the same job offer for a year now. It has not been updated because the restrictions have not changed. I have had several doctor appointments and updated restrictions with no changes to activity.

Is this OK? Is there anything I should be aware of?

I have not read anything that mentions "job offer renewal".

Also, my restrictions are written "as tolerated" for several physical requirements.

I hate to change my job offer because it includes what I do as a city carrier along with the office/clerk duties I did when I was gradually returning to the carrier craft. I haven't worked outside the carrier craft for several months now.

Is my thinking correct; it's to my benefit to have my job of hire and extra duties on the job offer in case I start having problems?
12075
neicePerson was signed in when posted
09-01-2015
11:57 AM ET (US)
lawnlady - I think it's best to keep the job offer if it's still in your job description, that's how my job offer is. The po is forgetful. Your job offer stays in effect until they change it. They're supposed to do a new one every year, but they are forgetful.

Just make sure when you sign the 2499, that the job offer date is the same date you sign it, cuz of the po's forgetfulness and sneakiness, they may try to put another older date on the form and get you to sign it late which means "too bad for you". Don't fall for that trick of theirs.

I remember reading somewhere, and I tried looking for it last night, but couldn't find it, but I remember reading if you just have a "make-work" "odd-lot" job description then the po could cause trouble for you. I just can't find that now, but I remember after I read that, I made sure my original full-time job was the job used for my 2499. Good luck!
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