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09:59 AM ET (US)
Thanks Rick and Carrier 7 : I'm on OPM dis. and SSD. I need to get going on this like yesterday. My MD keeps asking me if I have a lawyer so I need to ask him if he understands AMA 6Th edition. If not go out to Oklahoma. Thanks again !
09:02 PM ET (US)
Does anyone have the number and or address to the Ellis clinic in Oklahoma
Carrier 7
10:28 AM ET (US)
Bradley, like Rick said, you can do it on your own with a physician who understands the AMA 6th edition on impairments.

You cannot collect your Schedule Award AND OWCP benefits simultaneously. You would have to be either Disability Retired, retired, or back to work. In theory, you could apply for your Schedule Award and collect it every 4 weeks, just like OWCP benefits. But you would have to surrender those benefits during that period, which defeats the purpose.

An interesting tidbit is that many of the doctors that OWCP uses as 'medical advisors' and do SECOPS also write narratives for claimants seeking Schedule Awards. You can expect to pay the doctor a substantial fee. My doctor charged $1200 for two narratives. The Ellis Clinic is considered by many to be the best at what they do but Oklahoma is not right around the corner for many. Also, some people have conditions that would prohibit that extensive travel.

Sometimes it is a good idea to utilize a doctor other than the one you are seeing for treatment as the doctor who writes the narratives for your Schedule Award. Especially since the treating doctor may minimize your impairment as he may view this as a reflection of his treatment plan. Doctors, just like any profession, like to be able to point to success.

Depending on the afflicted body parts and amount of impairment, a Schedule Award can be substantial. Only you and your family know what would be best in your circumstances. Hope this helps.
Edited 05-27-2015 10:29 AM
10:27 AM ET (US)
What type of letter do you suggest having in our medical file limiting the Postal Service's contact with our treating doctor's? I remember reading one but cannot locate it now. Thanks
Rick OwensPerson was signed in when posted
09:47 AM ET (US)
Bradley /m5580 - Have you ever looked at PEN's other pages? Check out this section:


You can do it yourself IF you have a physician that will work with you...no good answer for finding a physician. I used Doc Ellis in Oklahoma City - for me it worked...took a LONG time (6+ years) but I eventually won out.

Rick Owens - PEN
09:26 AM ET (US)
I know this isn't the correct web site. Just this one question. I have 4 claims with OWCP and have never filed a schedule award. Leaving money on the table I know. I know you need a willing MD with knowledge of how it is done, something 6. Can you do this yourself or is it easier to pay someone?
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05:22 PM ET (US)
Carrier 7...I totally agree. why would anyone want to go back into that hostile work environment.
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09:20 PM ET (US)
Carrier 7
11:01 AM ET (US)
Marie (5572), I did. Two Schedule Awards for two different body parts. One is still currently being paid, the other was only 2 percent and paid out in a lump sum. The 2 percent award is for an injury that will require further surgery down the road. When and if I have that surgery, I will likely have a greater impairment afterward.

If you decide to go that route, make sure that you see a doctor that is familiar with the AMA 6th edition. Otherwise, you will get the short end of the stick on your Schedule Award. I don't know where you are located but the Ellis Clinic in Oklahoma specializes in writing medical reports and is recommended by many on Federal Employee websites.

Disability Retirement doesn't pay anywhere near what OWCP pays but I have a part time job and I'm back in school. I'd love to see all of us get what we lost but I'm not as optimistic as others. I've decided not to rely on this NRP lawsuit. If it pays off it will be an added bonus. After being out of that toxic hell hole, I'm not going back and I really don't understand why anyone would want to.

I wish you the best.
10:09 AM ET (US)
I disagree with the assertions made in post # 5573, esp section 2.312
carolyn olsen
11:18 PM ET (US)
What was emailed back.made no sense.
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08:27 PM ET (US)
For those that took disability retirement, have you file for a scheduled award?
03:25 PM ET (US)
Thanks again. I went to that site, and it shows everything. Hopefully I can get the billing person at my provider to do the same. When they don't get paid and they can figure it out easily by ACS. Women at OWCP said they couldn't combine my 4 claims because they are different body parts and dates, etc. etc. I think I will try again with that because I suspect she didn't know what she was talking about. The ACS person told me I could and should get one case number. Thanks again.
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01:06 PM ET (US)
Here is the follow up link...
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
01:00 PM ET (US)
Important relevant information:
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12:53 PM ET (US)
Injured is correct. The USPS can request info on a "neeed to know" basis directly from OWCP. They cannot indiscriminately access our complete file. Once separated I send the USPS NOTHING.
10:32 AM ET (US)
Bob...I got that letter appx 1 year ago and i kindly told that that per OWCP regulations they and only they are to have access to my file , so if they want to get medial info they are to go through OWCP. I never heard another thing. I do not send any updated medial to USPS!
10:01 AM ET (US)
Thanks alot!
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