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SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
01:45 AM ET (US)
ECAB has stated that, " Appellant claimed that Dr. Baumgard should not be recognized as a second opinion physician, since he had examined her previously in September 1995 with respect to her law suit against the bank when she fell in August 1992. The Board notes that a second opinion physician may evaluate a claimant twice. The need for impartiality and the lack of verbal contact with the Office extends only to impartial medical specialists who are chosen to resolve a conflict in the medical evidence."
injured knee
12:53 AM ET (US)
Martha.....call me 770 969 3522
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
12:24 AM ET (US)
A schedule award has nothing to do with leave unless you were paid wage loss for the same time period/injury.
07:16 PM ET (US)
KIMMIEK, reading what you found about your secop doctor makes me almost wonder if they're the same one? Except yours sounds more "rattled" & confused, plus the comments about being burned out. Dr. Duh is simply downright hateful. He had the other things down, though. Bad bedside manner, not taking time with the patient, making people wait, etc. Did yours say anything about him yelling at the patient?

I'm seriously asking if we can post these "doctor"s names here? It isn't "slanderous" if it's true.
06:40 PM ET (US)
With all that said, would I get in trouble if I posted that "doctor"s name? I'm not saying anything that isn't true and provable. I can't understand how he's managed to stay on OWCP's list for all these years, since he's so well-known as being dishonest & mean & writes opinions that go directly against what's written in the SOAF. His name should be out there for all claimants in the Atlanta area to beware of. The attorneys certainly know all about him. Know him as being the worst possible, that is. Which, come to think of it, is probably considered "good" for them, as that's their bread & butter, right? If all those attorneys really believe that about him, why haven't they made certain he's gotten rid of? Because, "Dr. Duh" probably keeps frantic claimants coming to them for help.
06:33 PM ET (US)
Sorry, one more comment. I live within a few miles of two major hospitals, hundreds of medical clinics & literally thousands of physicians. In a ten-mile radius of me are many more hospitals, clinics and thousands more doctors. Yet I am being sent to this same wacko "doctor" who is more than 27 miles from my home. You can not make me believe that out of the thousands of physicians within 5 or 10 miles of my zipcode that there isn't a single one in OWCP's Physician Directory. And you also cannot make me believe it's a "coincidence" that the worst doctor in the Atlanta area has again been chosen as my secop dr.

How does one make them abide by the rules? I know the old song & dance about the CE's having no say in choosing the secop dr. In the case of my CE, I know that's bunk. He has his ways of doing plenty of things to circumvent the rules. He even gets letters postdated & then somehow holds them back for days. Can't prove it, but there's no other explanation for why other letters from OWCP take 2 to 3 days to reach me, but all of his take over a week. And, plenty of other things like that. Anyway, as far as this secop dr. goes, there's no doubt in my mind that he was hand-picked by my jerk of a CE, and there's no doubt that there are several other secop doctors only a few miles from my home.
06:25 PM ET (US)
OK, now that I've been reading some of the latest messages, here I go with another question that lines up with KIMMIEK's. I tried to search online & found: Reference: 20 CFR Part 30.410 and Section 10 of Chapter 2-300 of the EEOICP Procedure Manual Chapter 2-0300.10. under #5, where it discusses the scheduler choosing the second opinion doctor, it says, "For zip codes that have small numbers of available physicians, it may be necessary to use the same second opinion physician on a more regular basis. This is acceptable as long as the physician has not been involved with any medical examinations of the claimant." So, doesn't that include any done previously as a second opinion?

I was told on the phone today by a rep that a "new rule" came into effect some time ago whereby this no longer matters. But she couldn't give me a place to find that new rule.

I'm confused by the answers here. Neice says it's true that they can't send you to the same doctor. Ed Daniels says there is no such rule.

I have a real dilemma with it. There are numerous reasons I do not want to be sent to the same secop dr. The main one is that he is a creep. It would take pages to describe how horrible he was when I was sent there 6 years ago. That's just to describe the office visit itself. Then came his report, in which he basically rewrote the SOAF! I've learned since then that he's known as being willing to send a corpse back to work for OWCP. But I was also told that at least I didn't need to worry about ever being sent back to him because they can only send you to the same doctor one time. Guess what? They're sending me back to him next month!

So, who knows what the real rule is, and besides paying an attorney thousands of dollars to help, how do I get the CE to do the right thing? OK, that's enough for this post. I'm really upset right now about all of this, & tend to ramble on too much, but have so many more questions. I'll try to hold off for later. Thanks again, all you helpers out there. You must know how big of a difference you make for us when we are unraveling over the cruelties OWCP specializes in.
06:09 PM ET (US)
I feel like things are swirling out of control for me right now. I have so many questions, it would be too much to ask them all. But can anybody here tell me anything about "Federal Workers Compensation Consultants" who have 2 former (or maybe they're still working?) postal workers named Bill Hackney & Lenny Perez, who charge $100 up front, then $150 a month to take over your claim? Then, they take 10% of whatever else they may get for you, such as a schedule award or back pay? I guess I'll just ask that question for now.

We retained an attorney several months ago because we were so overwhelmed, & he is charging us so much more than he said he would that our heads are spinning. We have no choice but to fire him. Simply can't afford it! But so many things are happening all at once, how can we possibly handle it on our own? Not only that, it almost looks like this attorney is in cahoots with the claims examiner. He's doing even worse things than he was before, and that was pretty horrendous. I thought he might back off when we had an attorney, but now... it really does appear like he's "helping the attorney out" by giving him more reasons to write $85 letters!

Sorry, I guess that's 2 questions. Anyone know about the first part, though? Thanks!
02:26 PM ET (US)
I was injured on job and accepted by OWCP. I returned to work on light duty. After 45 days i was still working and had to go to physical therapy and doctors appointments and my supervisor instructed me to wright on my time sheet "Traumatic leave and on the other column Excused/Other" I filed a CA7 for my schudule award and my supervisor became upset and ask why i filed a CA7 because now i owe 157 hours of leave. He also said it was all his fault because he didn't instruct me to fill out time sheet correctly. We do not have a Human Resourse department.
Injured on job
01:40 PM ET (US)
Supervisors are asking owcp employees for updating ca17. I know they can ask for them at "reasonable intervals" but I saw in the publication CA810 8-8 that it is a "policy to monitor injured employees who hold limited duty jobs UNTIL they have returned to full duty or until medical evidence clearly establishes that they will NEVER be able to return to full duty." Does anyone know anywhere else I might find this? I am permanent, have reached MMI and have received a scheduled award. With that I can not understand why I should be required to get an update for a CA17...my doctor has consistently written..PERMANENT on my Ca17...thanks for anything you can find. I'm still researching...
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
04:22 PM ET (US)
I would go to the OWCP Classroom site and research what to do in these cases. I believe requesting from OWCP under Freedom of Information Act any complaints against this doctor. I would also check with the medical board of your state. We can assist others by defeating the illicit doctor they send us to by filing complaints with OWCP and the medical board if the doctor does you harm.
KIMMIEKPerson was signed in when posted
02:16 PM ET (US)
Neice and Snowed -- Thank you so much for helping show me the ECAB- I have been busy looking at this stuff and I must say This doctor is frightening! I am sending this info to my Attorney and he is currently reviewing what I am finding. This Doctor is the classic OWCP Doctor who will say what OWCP wants to hear just like his associate that saw me back in 2010!!! I believe these doctors are hired to throw people off the periodic rolls and I am setting up for a fight. We shall see what happens soon.
09:33 AM ET (US)
Hello! How are youdoing today?

My name is Svetlana, what’s your name?
I see you sometimes visit this website... I was going to talk to you in chat,but unfortunately you had left already. Maybe you could get online more often totalk to me in private and know each other better. Do you have yahoo or hotmailID?
Please, write me there – I will be waiting for your letter.

Looking forward to hearing from you,
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Warm regards,
Just want to heal
09:46 AM ET (US)
Neice - thanks so much for answering my post. I did put in a request for the SOAF and questions, just waiting to receive them. I see a few posts talking about a referee doctor/secop doctor. Will the letter actually use the term referee doctor? Or would it state there is a conflict? What happens if this doctor agrees with the OWCP doctor? Thanks again!
KIMMIEKPerson was signed in when posted
12:12 AM ET (US)
Doing this right now Snowed. So far not good on this as well.
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
11:55 PM ET (US)
Sounds like he can't make it as a regular doctor anymore....unfortunately those are the kinds of doctors who end up doing SECOPS and IME's. Did you check ECAB?
Edited 05-17-2015 11:56 PM
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