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SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
03:22 PM ET (US)
 Third party payments are payments for a lawsuit related to your injury.
Patrick APerson was signed in when posted
01:37 PM ET (US)
Last year my Aunt's Estate was settled. I received an inheritance. My Lawyer advised me that I should declare that money on my 1032 form. (he said it was not income) I received a form from my Aunt's Estate showing that I received the inheritance, that I sent to the IRS when I filed my Tax return, My lawyer said to send a copy of the document with the owcp form 1032.He also stated that any monies I receive from Soc, Sec. (being a FERS Employee) should be declared. I did see a place on my 1032 form for that purpose.
If you're a FERS Employee you had to file for S/S and OPM to protect your retirement. I believe you have 365 days to do that. After you are on OWCP for 24Months they tell you that you have to apply for Medicare both Part A & B. Do it. they force you onto Part A(Blue Cross Blue Shield FEHB does)

He stated that as long as I declared the money the OWCP can't go after it. He did say that if I received any money as an award for my injuries that it had to be declared.

Read the 1032 form very carefully as you fill it out. The OWCP says one thing at the beginning of a paragraph and another in 2 or 3 different sentences in the form that are meant to trip you up while filling it out.
Good Luck
Edited 07-23-2016 03:58 PM
11:34 AM ET (US)
when filling yearly statement on compensation ,what do they mean 3rd party payments ,is sale of house is included,thrift monies,car accidents, etc..what could be included in this statement for me not to leave out anything that I might miss and cause a problem with my benefits. thanks in advance for your help
11:28 AM ET (US)
Moe and Patrick A, Thank you both. I will contact HR about medical disability, and will go on that website.
04:09 PM ET (US)
Have you tried to apply for the medical disability retirement from the post office yet? Have you applied for the Soc. Sec yet. If you don't try how do you know? I don't know anyone who was denied the medical retirement cause the post office says yes and OPM will let you get out if you submit the medical. You will be denied the disability Soc. Sec. until the last appeal wherein they will give you the back pay on the last appeal plus the attorney's for Disability Soc. Sec. are free and only charge $6000. if they win.
Patrick APerson was signed in when posted
05:31 PM ET (US)
I don't know of any in Oregon/Washington but here is a good one in So. Cal www.federal-law.com
I used a Lawyer in New Mexico when he retired I went with Steven E. Brown PLC.
02:26 PM ET (US)
Does any one have a lawyer in the Oregon/Washington area that will take on OWCP and USPS? I was given partial disability, with 4hrs a day. Needless to say, my disability is not getting better. I've been doing office work for 5 yrs now they want my dr. to update my limitations trying to force me to work in mail processing. I would like to get out on a medical disability, but don't know what I'm suppose to do. I still have children at home and need as much money as possible. Any suggestions?
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
04:41 PM ET (US)
I hope your medical visits go well for you.
Patrick APerson was signed in when posted
02:09 AM ET (US)
m/30356, m/30357

I guess I will fall into these two categories .
Patrick APerson was signed in when posted
02:07 AM ET (US)
Snowed m/30355

I had to use my TSP funds to pay medical expenses. The local medical center was going after my home. I was originally injured 1998. I had reoccurrence of my injury and ended up in the hospital almost 3 weeks in May 2001, I went on LWOP in 2001, Finally in 2002 they approved my claim. Then I was force into a 4hr. a day job,then Feb.2004 my command put me out on OWCP. I had to apply for OPM Retirement and Social Security. The Doctor that S/S sent me to put me out on 100% disability . I have a couple of Dr. appointments this week both are with my OWCP treating doctor's .
Snowed again I say thank you for the info.
Edited 07-18-2016 03:05 AM
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
09:31 PM ET (US)
"In computing the disability annuity (or annuity based on age and service, if
applicable), OPM cannot allow credit for any period of workers’
compensation or Federal service that occurred after the individual
separated from employment for retirement, even if he or she was receiving
workers' compensation benefits. Therefore, if an individual chooses to
receive an annuity, OPM will compute the annuity based on his or her
service and high-3 average salary as of the date of separation from
employment, plus all applicable cost-of-living adjustments."
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
09:22 PM ET (US)
"Q-1. Do retiring employees receive full credit in their retirement computation for periods of LWOP
and separation during which they received workers’ compensation benefits?
A-1. Yes. So long as the period(s) involved occurred before the separation from employment that
makes the individual eligible for an annuity, this service is available as service credit for length of
service, high- 3 average salary, and computation purposes. However, the service may be credited
under part-time rules if the employee was working a part-time schedule. If the employee was on a
full-time schedule, working part-time, and receiving workers’ compensation benefits for part of the
day, full-time credit is given. This provision does not apply to reemployed annuitants."
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
08:41 PM ET (US)
Patrick A-
Yes that is supposed to be true though I am having difficulties with OPM right now over this issue. You are supposed to get enhanced credit for your time on the rolls while collecting OWCP too. 1% extra for that time due to loss of TSP and SS credits.
02:06 PM ET (US)
Moe, #30351, so I am getting 75% OWCP and am allowed no more than 80% of my pay according to SSD and I get $720 minus my Medicare which comes to $646- With only 20 years in, how can I compute everything or do I need to speak to SS office and OPM?
neicePerson was signed in when posted
01:25 PM ET (US)
Patrick - Yes, you don't lose time towards retirement computation from your owcp absences, so that is a good thing.
Edited 07-16-2016 01:26 PM
Patrick APerson was signed in when posted
01:18 PM ET (US)
When I went out on OWCP I had to apply for my OPM Retirement. (I did and was approved) I was told I would get just under 1500 a month. After deductions, I'm not sure but I think I am going to call OPM next week. (but I have been told different things from everyone I have talked to at OWCP/OPM & Soc.Sec) Right now I am dealing with other problems and really don't need Bovine Excrement from OWCP /OPM or Soc. Sec. I was told that having been on OWCP from 2001 to present I would still get the 1% per year added to my time already on the books is that true? (I got injured in 2001, went out on OWCP in 2004)
I find that very hard to believe but supposedly I get credit towards retirement wether I am working or out on OWCP? Is that true or was some Sea Lawyer just blowing Smoke?
Edited 07-16-2016 01:23 PM
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