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mailladypostladyPerson was signed in when posted
08:55 AM ET (US)
Thanks Snowed. I was hoping to not have to do that, it has been a long road to get to this point with ssdi!
Edited 02-19-2017 08:55 AM
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
12:43 AM ET (US)
You are likely earning over the limit for "substantial gainful activity" ($1170/month) You can't do anything about that. Also if you are receiving OWCP, your SSDI benefits may be reduced substantially anyway. But you can apply for disability retirement. You can also stop working if your job aggravates your injury, and file a new claim.
Edited 02-19-2017 12:45 AM
VWPerson was signed in when posted
12:09 PM ET (US)
jjmv-Glad to hear it worked out.
mailladypostladyPerson was signed in when posted
09:26 AM ET (US)
I have an approved claim. OJI is from 2006. I was out on OWCP since 2010. Meanwhile, I applied for SSDI. I kept appealing during this time. In mid 2016, EA requested that a return to work 2hrs a day. (My restrictions are very limited and MJO is within those boundaries). My problem is, SSDI ALJ has informed me
that I meet the physical requirements to receive my benefits. The problem is, working 2hrs a day 5 days a week at my pay rate disqualifies me from receiving them. I would like to know if any other USPS employees have had this issue? If so, how did you remedy it? No, I did not have an attorney of my own or representative. The ALJ was really
 nice. He told me he would give me 30 days to look into IRWE (impairment related work expenses). My delima with that is receipts. Any info or directives would be greatly appreciated.
jjmvPerson was signed in when posted
09:59 PM ET (US)
VW thanks 🤝 finally I followed your advice and Shazam it happened; this site is the best thanks everyone for any advice
VWPerson was signed in when posted
01:54 PM ET (US)
jjmv-If the schedule award was approved 4 months ago they should have been paying it out already. It doesn't take that long to process a schedule award. Just make sure you stay on top of them because they will continue to delay if you don't.
jjmvPerson was signed in when posted
10:34 PM ET (US)
VW; now its down to final review and certification it's been like that for a few days how much longer do you think : going on three years since surgery 6 months since MMI 4 months since DMA approved
backrackPerson was signed in when posted
01:02 PM ET (US)
vw I just sent you an email. Thanks
VWPerson was signed in when posted
09:18 AM ET (US)
Backrack-Email probably would be better plus we won't flood the forum with posts.
backrackPerson was signed in when posted
09:15 AM ET (US)
Thanks VW. She did send me the the thirty day warning letter date 2/7 received on 2/9. I need to reply I think and don't know what to say cause I have done everything she wanted. Would it be better for me to communicate via your email?
VWPerson was signed in when posted
08:02 AM ET (US)
backpack-first thing I would do is request a copy of your claim file. There should be a record in our file of the CE Supervisor calling you and brief description of the call. There should also be a copy of the letter from the RC that the CE claims was sent to you. I would also write a letter to your CE, upload into comp and write down the DCN number for your records, explaining what you explained here. The CE can tell you whatever they want over the phone but they cannot just cut or stop your compensation without giving proper notice and affording you the opportunity to dispute it. If you need or want more information shoot me an email to vicwalker1@gmail.com
backrackPerson was signed in when posted
09:51 PM ET (US)
I am really in need of advice. Vocational rehab has started again. The counselor had to go out of the country and they gave me a new one. The ce sent me a letter with the name of the new rc. Then another person calls me not the assigned rc. Asked me to call back. I did not. I called the ce and left a message about this rc I had not heard of. The next day the same rc calls and ask for someone other than me and asked about my location and it was no where near what she was talking about. Again I call ce. Finally get return call from ce supervisor and he states it was a wrong number. Then my dr takes me out of "work". Ce calls and tells me it is a courtesy call before an official letter comes because I had not returned a call the my rc. The problem is there was never a call from the rc. I would have called them back. I always have. Then ce states I did not respond to a letter from rc dated 1/24. That was on 2/2 and I had not gotten any letter. I tell ce that and she basically tells me I am lying. That the rc is a professional. I then asked if she had gotten letter from dr taking me out of work until surgery. Ce states no. I resend that day. Now I get a letter from ce on 2/9 dated 2/7 stating that I have not done my part in the rehab process and the rc has decided that I could make $432 and that my pay will be reduced if I do not state my intentions to do my part. Now what? Dr says I work. Help. This rc stuff is junk.
VWPerson was signed in when posted
12:08 PM ET (US)
jjmv- If you have a 21% permanent partial impairment you can file for a Schedule Award. The number of weeks they pay you for that schedule award is determined on the body part or organ that has the impairment. For example a schedule award for your arm is valued at 312 weeks of compensation. OWCP will calculate what you would be paid for 312 weeks of compensation. Lets say that 312 weeks comes out to $500,000, your schedule award would be 21% of the $500,000. You cannot collect wage-loss compensation and a schedule award at the same time unless you are getting compensation under a different claim number than the claim you are filing a schedule award under. Wage-loss compensation and a schedule award are two totally different types of compensation.
jjmvPerson was signed in when posted
09:10 PM ET (US)
I have a question if I had 21 percent impairment rating on a case does that equal to 21 months of LWEC how does DOL come out with how long does DOL leave you alone : I've read somewhere that when we get permanent loss of a body part we kind of get paid twice like we get paid for the percentage of the loss and then for time loss ; this is a question I'm not quite sure how this works
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
05:28 PM ET (US)
You can continue on with your limited duty until retirement then apply for a schedule award for your shoulder limitation. That is if the USPS continues to offer you work.
checkchickPerson was signed in when posted
03:00 PM ET (US)
I have been on work restrictions for 2 years following shoulder surgery, I am currently working 5-6 hours a day. My doctor says I'm at MMI and also comp doctor says restrictions are permanent. What can i expect from WC once i'm MMI? I have 2 years til retirement.
VWPerson was signed in when posted
02:10 PM ET (US)
jjmv- I would call your CE to find out exactly what they are doing with your claim for the schedule award. If the recording used to say "adjudicating", that tells me they were making a decision on your schedule award. By them now saying processing that could mean one of two things. 1) They are processing your schedule award meaning they are going through the steps to determine what decision needs to be made. In other words they are now going though the process of actually adjudicating the claim. Are we going to send claimant for a second opinion, do we need information from the DMA, etc. 2) They determined that your impairment rating is correct and they agree with the rating and now they are processing the CA-7 for payment.

If they are still going through the process of making a determination on the rating then I would still write Congress and the Secretary of Labor. If your rating was given to a DMA 3 months ago something should have happened by now. They should either paid out the schedule award or sent you for a second opinion. At the very least a letter should have been sent to your doctor with a copy of the DMA's findings asking your doctor if he/she agrees or disagrees.
jjmvPerson was signed in when posted
09:05 AM ET (US)
VW: if you could please give me advice asap okay the recording went from adjudicating to processing do I still send letter to congress and Washington ; "schedule award " they use these recordings to throw us off
agodlywomanPerson was signed in when posted
10:17 AM ET (US)
i was told to NOT put any dates in, and it came up. i got a copy of my case file and the dr. office stated the fee was $2990. and if i rescheduled another $600. that's how i know.
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
09:15 PM ET (US)
When you got the new job offer was it a limited duty offer? I ask this because if you are still considered a full time employee then you should be collecting the entire 8 hours on the newer claim.
Edited 01-31-2017 09:18 PM
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