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#1 Posted : Friday, August 19, 2011 3:19:09 AM(UTC)

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Hello, I need help really bad. My Financial situation is getting out of
control and I do not know where to turn. 
I was injured back in January in a vehicle accident while on duty.  I was a passenger in a service vehicle and a
second driver (third party) was at fault.  
At the time I was in a temporary assignment at home (where my home and family live) however this is not my permanent duty station. 

Because of the injuries sustained I started receiving
physical therapy and was restricted from work. 
In late April/early May I receive a visit at my house from my DOL case
Nurse.  She persuaded me to start working
a Light Duty Assignment at the local office where I was temporarily assigned to
being that my permanent office was too far about 1650 miles to be exact.   I asked my Doctor to allow me to work Light
Duty, my Doctor agreed however with some restrictions.  I never received a formal offer of Light Duty
Assignment from my employer at the Local office (as required by Law) everything was done through the OWCP Nurse and word of Mouth. 

I started working the “Light Duty Assignment” but my employer
put me in a post that did not allow me to follow my restriction therefore
worsening my situation.  I communicated
this to the nurse and to my employer but little was done about it.  After a few days and constant violations to
my medical restrictions I went back to my Doctor and he restricted me from work
again.  The next day I received a call
from the OWCP nurse questioning me about me not being at work.  I told her what happened and asked her if she
could get something in writing in regards to my duties and my light duty
position.  I told her that the post I was
working is usually manned by a full duty employee and that my employer was not consistent in allowing me to follow my restrictions.

The Nurse told me that she was going to reach out to my employer
in order to get something in writing. The next day she forwarded me an Email
from a supervisor stating that they were going to allow me to follow my medical
restrictions.  I went back to the Doctor
and he gave me permission to return to Light Duty…..I submitted a request to return to Light Duty to my employer but they declined.

2 Months Later (in July) I was offered a Position back in my
permanent station in PA.  Because of the
Distance 1650 miles my doctor restricted me from work all together pending the
completion of my medical treatment.  The
problem now is that OWCP says that in the reports he says that I can perform
the Light Duty Work but in my CA-17 I have been restricted from work since July
22. OWCP does not want to pay me because they say I should return to PA to work
Light Duty.  My Doctor has me restricted
from all work as stated on my CA-17. 
OWCP has not paid me in two months and says they won’t pay me.  I received a 30 day notice and I replied to
it with the facts…I just talked to my CE and she says that she won’t issue any payments pending her decision.

Help anyone please….Lawyer wanted


#2 Posted : Friday, August 19, 2011 4:35:56 AM(UTC)

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Why did you listen to your nurse instead of your treating Medical Dr. In the first place.
I had a owcp contract nurse and she ask my Dr. to full out one of those owcp 5 forms but he didn't he ask her to do all corresponding with my Lawyer, after that owcp send me to a second op Dr. And I never got a next phone call from her she is off my case after just one Month.

Never take those owcp nurse light, they all work for them self and owcp, their main job is to get you back to doing some kind of work, they will trick you into thinking the light work is the best option in your case.
Only your treating Dr should say if light work or no work is granted.

Never listen to those owcp nurse or Dr. Their not your friend or on your side, they both work for them self and owcp.
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