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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.

Here is a forum for members to share and exchange experiences regarding to workers' compensation related issues.


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Rreindeer  
#1 Posted : Monday, December 3, 2018 11:34:29 AM(UTC)

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Upon retirement, federal law allows an injured employee to elect payment thru OWCP or OPM. I chose OWCP because it pays based on 40 hour week. Having been on long term periodic roll for numerous years working 25 hrs per week, my social security benefits are much less and 40% of high 3 years not so great either. I had a doctor who billed OWCP for all my visits and would write annual letters regarding my condition for 15 years. He even went up against other doctors when OWCP sent me for 2nd opinions every few years. I even won an appeal years ago at the Federal level. NOW THE PROBLEM: That doctor retired, and I can't find another doctor who will take on Federal Worker's Comp cases!! I've even resorted to using OWCP's portal to try to find a doctor. I've been to 4 different doctors on there this past year. Soon as they hear "have to write an annual letter", they won't take on my case though they all agree how screwed up I am due to the multiple USPS injuries.

Does anyone have this trouble? Are annual letters a requirement of everyone on periodic roll or is it just because of me being "retired"???
Rivkah  
#2 Posted : Monday, December 3, 2018 5:49:23 PM(UTC)
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What you are experiencing is not uncommom.Go to
theowcpclassroom.blogspot.com There is a list of doctors by state that accept federal owcp.
monty87ls  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, December 18, 2018 1:10:55 PM(UTC)
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Be careful even thought the doctor takes it doesnt mean they will do the right paperwork and do whats needs to be done. Still fighting my approval but the local dr who takes the comp said they will take the payment but they don’t deal with the paperwork. Of course didnt tell me that until after.
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