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Federal Workers' Compensation

The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs administers four major disability compensation programs which provide wage replacement benefits, medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation and other benefits to certain workers or their dependents who experience work-related injury or occupational disease.

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#1 Posted : Monday, March 15, 2021 2:52:19 PM(UTC)

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I was injured in 2006, accepted conditions are PTSD & psychiatric issues. Car accident with brain damage. I had one 2nd opinion done with a neurologist who fully supported my treating physicians' reports and conclusions. I've been on the periodic roll for 16 years. But, I've turned 81 years old. And I guess they want me gone. So I'm now being scheduled for another opinion by a hand surgeon. Any insights?
#2 Posted : Wednesday, April 14, 2021 9:58:27 AM(UTC)

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Whenever OWCP sends you to a SECOP exam or IME they must send you to a doctor who specializes in the area of medicine that your injury falls under. If your injuries are all mental injuries, then they should be sending you to a psychiatrist and not a hand specialist. If it turns out that you are seeing a hand specialist for mental injuries you have the argument that his opinion is of no value because he is not a mental health specialist.
#3 Posted : Saturday, May 22, 2021 7:36:09 AM(UTC)

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Thanks, VW!!

I did go to the hand surgeon, who is qualified for orthopedic care. He was very professional and had all of my files from my case manager. He concentrated on the physical aspects of my injuries and recommended a psychiatrist in 6 months. Meanwhile, he fully supported my claim for disability.

Then, I received a letter that I would be dropped from WC because I'd missed an appointment, made over two months ago, with a psychiatrist. My claims examiner, who is very cooperative, had me write a request for a rescheduled appointment with the psychiatrist, though he seemed puzzled why I had to see this doctor since the orthopedic guy confirmed my disability in his report.

The psychiatrist is about 125 miles away in another state. A bit of a pain, since I am not supposed to drive and there is no easy public transportation. So I await more information.
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