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LeroyToliver  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, June 11, 2019 11:14:11 AM(UTC)
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Anytime one of your Postal brethren comes here to inquire about an injury share this with them. Print it out and hand it to the injured at your office or post it on your union board in the office. Feel free to pm me with any additional questions.

The USPS is going for broke in 2019 after paying out over half a Billion dollars in lawsuit settlements in 2018 for their criminal practices against the injured. Please remember to open an FMLA case for your condition and request FMLA EVERY TIME your condition requires you to take off of work, regardless of it already being covered by OWCP. We are putting together another class action for those affected by managements sabotaging of claims but all of these bases need to be covered by YOU the INJURED to make your case clean and through before a judge. Keep copies of everything you receive and everything you send out, along with every time you have to call off and the confirmation numbers you are given. Make sure to mail all paperwork via tracking number.

Let the DOL know as soon as you suspect foul play by local USPS management or their claims examiner as well, nepotism is as common as postage in the USPS. Yes, you can sue your supervisors and manager successfully for pain and suffering caused by their criminal actions, but you need to cover these bases to show that there was no room for error aside from deliberate sabotage by management. YOU DO NOT have to put up with a toxic work environment where co-workers make comments about your disability or injury per the HIPPA Act of 1996. If you have a co-worker that likes to discuss or make comments on your medical condition you need to let management know and give them an opportunity to address the issue before you let the DOL know about these workplace violations. There are injured postal employees who have collected anywhere from millions to tens of thousands in restitution for these DOL violations.


After having reported the accident to management you are supposed to see their doctor ONCE, seriously, ONLY ONCE and then find your own treating physician. Your doctor must accept payments from the DOL and must fill out a CA-17 for you with any work load or hour limitations you might have. Once you have this you are supposed to give it to your claims examiner who represents the DOL and does NOT want the USPS to get out of providing you with as many hours as possible within your limitations.

You must fill out a CA7 and CA7a with all the hours you are missing from the full 40 every week and send that into the claims examiner who has 48 hours to get it to the DOL who will issue you a check for the amount due to you from here until you are fully recovered.

Now listen up, this is VERY important. Once your doctor approves you for lite duty YOU must follow those RESTRICTIONS to the letter to avoid serious consequences. Management must present you with a 2499T form with a typed out job offer that will spell out exactly what you will be doing on a daily basis and YOU must not deviate from what is on this form. Once you receive a job offer you have 30 days to either accept it or tell your claims examiner NOT MANAGEMENT why the offer goes beyond your restrictions found on the CA17 form your doctor fills out.

In the event you NEVER fully recover from your injuries and can never return to full time mail delivery you always have the option of leaving under Federal Disability Retirement which would pay you 60% of your top three salary years with the USPS the first year and then 40% every year after that until you reach the age of 62 when you would receive your full retirement package with full seniority as if you had never left. You are free to work anywhere other than the post office and earn up to 85% of your former top three salaries on top of the check the DOL would mail out to you every month from here until age 62. This goes for any medical condition whether it is related to your job or not. You do not have to be injured on the job to qualify for this retirement plan. You only have to have been a Federal Employee for 18 months.

These are your rights and you need to do whatever you can to recover as soon as possible in order to save your retirement plans with the whole Thrift Savings Plan and the works. If you cannot return due to your injuries, you know what to do now.

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1) Management can surveil you, but CANNOT show any footage, pictures, etc... to your doctor in an OWCP case without showing it to YOU and your attorneys first for a written statement. The footage must show you doing 8 hours of work that equates to what you aren't allowed to at work and even if it is similar perhaps you are on strong medication that you cannot take on the job at the time.

2) Manager/Supervisors cannot get in touch with your doctors

3) Make sure your doctor leaves in writing that your on the job restrictions are just that, on the job. You have a separate set of restrictions which encourage you to avoid muscle atrophy and to move to the best of your abilities or until it hurts for your daily living at home.

4) You DO NOT have to accept a Nurse Case Manager which 100% of the time is nothing more than a company litigator looking for any and every way to get the company off the hook for your treatment.

5) Never sign anything you do not understand and never allow any of these individuals the right to rape your personal information by signing away on it. They will connect that time you fell off your bike in the second grade resulting in an ER visit to the injury you had at 45 with the USPS and WILL use that to close your case.

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#2 Posted : Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:32:26 PM(UTC)
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Excellent Information!! Thank You....

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LeroyToliver  
#3 Posted : Thursday, June 13, 2019 11:49:14 AM(UTC)
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No problem, share where you can.
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#4 Posted : Wednesday, June 19, 2019 12:20:37 PM(UTC)
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Adding to information, will continue to do so as it is shared with me.


Forgot to add that any injured carrier on a regular route will want to stay on their assignment so that you are protected from the 6 and shift rule. As long as you stay on the route you were a regular on when injured it is yours and hopefully you can do a great deal of it with accommodations to keep it until retirement. You dont want to lose your bid after 6 months of not being able to do it fully. If you bid off the route and onto a new one, you must be able to deliver the full route within sixty days or lose it. Once you lose that new route, you are left unassigned and shifty management WILL have you traveling.


If you accept a job offer that places you at the window or at a desk, or any other seemingly cushy job it is most likely only temporary, until you leave your craft and your injuries or restrictions are no longer pertinent to the new job assignment, pretty much closing the Federal Disability Window for many of you and opening you up to be removed through entrapment-discipline tactics in USPS management. Speaking from personal experience, management does not want individuals on round the clock pain meds handling disgruntled customers complaints anyway.

Experiences shared


There was a carrier working overs (ANK, NSN, BULK, etc.,.) as part of a permanent lite duty offer and management started dropping pieces in the mail to deliberately throw this carrier off, or the carrier simply didn't know the process. They used this to begin a series of write ups, compiled on top of poor attendance to remove the individual who trustingly got comfortable in a lite duty assignment and allowed her Workers Comp OWCP case to close.

There was another carrier in Michigan who was only delivering businesses on their route as a job modification and someone started playing games with their mail by pulling random businesses, their checks, bills, etc., out of the DPS and dropping them into the bulk mail bin on a daily basis before the carrier even punched in. The carrier was blamed for this and this began a series of write ups for them that led to termination, which fortunately was reversed and her business mail mysteriously started flowing normally and seemed to have doubled in volume after this ordeal.


Again, every union in the USPS, along with management are replete with nepotism and cronyism, it is up to you to protect yourself by keeping your case open and staying on your job assignment. Keep filling out those forms requesting assistance and just like management does with their good ol' boys cliques, they will have to use those forms to adjust your deliveries if they disagree with providing you help on a daily basis. Be ever vigilant of these entrapment tactics and share any that you come across.

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#5 Posted : Sunday, June 23, 2019 1:31:19 PM(UTC)
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Hello. I am an RCA that was injured on the job roughly 3 weeks ago. I was cleared for work after one week and returned. I believe I filled out all of the appropriate paperwork. I still have not received a check and my phone calls literally go straight to a voicemail with no return calls back. Can someone please tell me what I should do?
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#6 Posted : Sunday, June 23, 2019 1:38:13 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Dawnlittled Go to Quoted Post
Hello. I am an RCA that was injured on the job roughly 3 weeks ago. I was cleared for work after one week and returned. I believe I filled out all of the appropriate paperwork. I still have not received a check and my phone calls literally go straight to a voicemail with no return calls back. Can someone please tell me what I should do?


Talk to a rep from the NRLCA. The local may not know the answers, but someone higher up in the union should.

Also, no one here will know what check you are expecting. Workhours?
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#7 Posted : Sunday, June 23, 2019 3:45:33 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Dawnlittled Go to Quoted Post
Hello. I am an RCA that was injured on the job roughly 3 weeks ago. I was cleared for work after one week and returned. I believe I filled out all of the appropriate paperwork. I still have not received a check and my phone calls literally go straight to a voicemail with no return calls back. Can someone please tell me what I should do?


what forms did you fill out?

who cleared you to return?
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LeroyToliver  
#8 Posted : Tuesday, June 25, 2019 10:48:01 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Dawnlittled Go to Quoted Post
Hello. I am an RCA that was injured on the job roughly 3 weeks ago. I was cleared for work after one week and returned. I believe I filled out all of the appropriate paperwork. I still have not received a check and my phone calls literally go straight to a voicemail with no return calls back. Can someone please tell me what I should do?




You file a CA-1 for a traumatic injury (accident) or a CA-2 for an occupational disease/injury (repetitive stress, etc...). You get management to fill out their portion and YOU attach the doctors medical rationale to it before sending it out to the DOL. You will be assigned a claim number once the medical rationale explaining the need for medical treatment is processed. Make sure to send everything in with a tracking number and keep copies of everything from now on. Nobody, not even the union is responsible for all of this stuff except for you. You will need to be proactive in kicking these doors open and then keeping them open. There will be no attorney, doctor, steward, congressman, etc... that will fix things for you. Read the top of this thread and message with any further questions.
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#9 Posted : Friday, July 5, 2019 3:02:39 PM(UTC)
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Form CA-1, Federal Employee's Notice of Traumatic Injury and Claim for Continuation of Pay/Compensation (must be supplied immediately)

Form CA-16, Authorization for Examination and/or Treatment (must be supplied by your manager within 4 hours)

Form CA-17, Duty Status Report (must be supplied immediately)

Forms CA-1 and CA-17 are available at the Department of Labor website.
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#10 Posted : Friday, July 5, 2019 3:35:08 PM(UTC)
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Form CA-1, Federal Employee's Notice of Traumatic Injury and Claim for Continuation of Pay/Compensation (must be supplied immediately)

Form CA-16, Authorization for Examination and/or Treatment (must be supplied by your manager within 4 hours)

Form CA-17, Duty Status Report (must be supplied immediately)

Forms CA-1 and CA-17 are available at the Department of Labor website.


get forms here or your union

https://www.dol.gov/owcp...egs/compliance/forms.htm
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#11 Posted : Monday, July 15, 2019 10:24:33 AM(UTC)
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Another reminder to the injured.

Your private insurance is NOT responsible for any workers comp injury sustained on the job and you want to be protected. You using Blue Cross or Humana for these on the job issues is considered insurance fraud and a serious crime. DO NOT ALLOW OWCP TO CLOSE YOUR CLAIM. See the doctor at least every five months until there is zero probability of the injury being an issue in the future. We are seeing that OWCP is stopping just about every 'recurrence' claim in its tracks, so that is no longer a safe bet. Those of you who are suffering from an old injury and have already allowed your claim to be closed are better of claiming it as a new injury and mentioning to your doctor that X part has caused you trouble in the past as a result of an old on the job injury. Always keep your doctor informed so that Inspectors with leading questions don't manipulate the facts around your claim. Work as a team with your doctors against the rigged OWCP game.

Those of you having issues with your claims examiners looking for any and every excuse to delay your treatment or delay your compensation need to start recording phone calls (plenty of apps for this) and uploading things to ECOMP (use lower left portion of page, you don't need an account just a claim number). You should gather your paperwork and speak to the OWCP specialist at your local Congresspersons office. The DOL changed the system so that you can no longer speak to a Claims Examiner, you must leave a message which will go unanswered for weeks all while your claim is chipped away at by these tactics that are far too common nation wide to be a coincidence.

If you are collecting financial compensation for any hours your employer will not allow you to work, you need to submit those CA7's at least every month or risk one of these Godless Claims Examiners cutting off your means of providing for your family using you not collecting regularly as an excuse for no longer needing it. We are finding that these claims examiners are only giving their first names and or initials when you do get to speak to them, make sure you get their full name and which district they work out of so that your Congress rep can slap them with a reality check as soon as possible. So far these Congress reps have been operating on the eye for an eye spectrum of justice and making these individuals worry about their employment in proportion to what they have done to you.
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#12 Posted : Friday, July 19, 2019 6:12:51 PM(UTC)
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Scan the QR code on mailings from the DOL to get your claims examiners full name and information.
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#13 Posted : Wednesday, July 24, 2019 9:04:18 PM(UTC)
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If needed you can file a consequential claim for PTSD or stress injuries caused by the DOL or your employers handling of your workers comp case. Your doctor would have to produce a clear narrative which includes what led up to this consequential injury. You submit this narrative along with a CA-2a form through your local congresspersons office and work with them to have accountability through out the whole process.

The DOL, DMA, their IME 'doctors' will be subject to possible congressional investigation similar to what has been happening with VA taking years to approve consequential emotional injuries with vets. It might take some time, time that is only extended by how long you put this off. If you are never going to fully recover from your injuries, you have all the time in the world to let this go through its course. Your private insurance should not have to pay for counseling, medication, etc.. for this PTSD/Stress acquired on the job. Have an MD make clear that you need the treatment and then have OWCP explain to congress why you should be commiting insurance fraud and using private insurance instead of OWCP for these job injuries.

If you require medication that takes you off the work room floor as a result of this PTSD, have the doctor include that as well in the narrative. You might start off with a busted knee, shoulder, back but sometimes these things have a chain reaction which originates with the job injury. The DOL/OWCP is responsible for making you whole for the rest of your life, especially when it comes to your medical treatment. A bad knee might permanently throw off your gait, which eventually leads to a foot or even a hip or back issue, it all falls on that original injury. Remember CA-2a form + detailed narrative from your MD.
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#14 Posted : Friday, July 26, 2019 10:54:09 PM(UTC)
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If possible use a phone app to record your conversations with the DOL or local OWCP office. These phone calls stay on a CA110 form and you want to check that what was said during the phone call is what the person placing notes into your file claims was said. You can request a copy of your entire file every year in the form of a CD mailed to your home with a unique password only you will have to open it. Your Claims Examiner WILL WORK with your stations management team to complicate, frustrate, dismantle, discredit, your claim at every turn. Never trust your local office to forward any paperwork to the DOL. Always use Ecomp to upload forms from your doctor to OWCP, you should already know that the specifics of your medical and treatment is none of the Post Offices business. All they should be conserned with are your restrictions.
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#15 Posted : Sunday, July 28, 2019 6:00:43 PM(UTC)
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You place both your physician and your claim on thin ice when you aren't working any hours at the USPS while on OWCP. We've had CE's make that much clear. Many will be unable to perform any type of work at their office and the medical narrative will show that. Your doctor has access to extensive peer networks to bounce things off of and know pretty well what a specific injury keeps you from doing and what it doesn't. We have to be as honest as possible with what we can no longer do, but just as honest with what we can do before a panel of doctors makes your doctor be honest with you and you don't want that.

When the time to come back to some type of limited duty work arrives, you want to have done enough research so that coming back is not a health risk for you or something that continues the repetitive stress conditions that caused your original injury ( 9 out of 10 recurrence claims are rejected). You want to try to come back, but it has to be on your and your doctors terms, the stations 'needs' be damned. Start writing down what you will realistically be able to do from here until retirement and what part of your former job will guarantee you don't even make it that far. Those of you north of forty need to be especially aware of your bodies quick aging after the big four-o and how muscle atrophy will make you pay for sitting at home doing nothing when you could have been doing at least a few hours of something at your office. If you are in this for the long haul I would highly recommend you be active in supporting your local Congressperson and Senator so that you have friends in all the right places when needed.
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#16 Posted : Sunday, August 4, 2019 5:44:53 AM(UTC)
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Help your doctor understand what is required on a medical narrative by the DOL and subscribe to this blog for updates from one of the best in the business fighting the rigged OWCP game.

https://theowcpclassroom...-medical-narratives.html



Have you been subjected to any of the following violations by the USPS since their losing a half a billion dollar lawsuit last year? Keep track of all of your paperwork, at this rate it is another guaranteed major pay day for the injured.

https://www.nalc.org/new...isability-discrimination

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#17 Posted : Monday, August 5, 2019 11:55:21 AM(UTC)
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USPS tried to file denials on thousands of claims but..... If you are experiencing similar Right To Work violations, please get in touch with an attorney now and start filing those EEOC complaints against the USPS.



https://federal-law.com/...sion_dated_11-7-2018.pdf
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#18 Posted : Friday, August 23, 2019 5:32:40 PM(UTC)
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I have told higher management and DOL and filed EEO (which is taking forever) about a supervisor discussing my restrictions leaving medical documentation out in open other employees can view and disability with co workers also telling my co workers I am faking it. But no one has responded yet. What else can I do
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I have told higher management and DOL and filed EEO (which is taking forever) about a supervisor discussing my restrictions leaving medical documentation out in open other employees can view and disability with co workers also telling my co workers I am faking it. But no one has responded yet. What else can I do




Start gathering witnesses of these things taking place. If a supervisor has violated HIPAA regulations by discussing your condition with fellow coworkers you need to gather witnesses and write to the secretary of labor along with your local representatives. Call the local union business office and let them know this is taking place so that they educate your local union rep on what they need to start doing. If you have enough concrete evidence of these violations you should speak to an attorney and have that member of management served. Your privacy has been violated/raped and you need to seek compensation immediately. Seriously, the longer you wait the less serious you will be taken and these are the easiest claims to win in court. The supervisor cannot claimthat they were not aware of the rules anymore since the USPS has been educating them all in recent years on how to avoid legal pitfalls. If the USPS failed to provide this supervisor with basic HIPAA training your lawsuit would then be against the USPS for obvious reasons.

https://fmlainsights.lex...1/Holtrey-v.-Collier.pdf

You can also sue your fellow postal workers for discussing YOUR medical condition on the workroom floor among themselves. Again, you need witnesses and statement, go and get them.

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#20 Posted : Friday, August 23, 2019 6:08:33 PM(UTC)
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I have witness statements affidavits more like it. Union won’t do anything. I also have supervisor training history shows The supervisor has had the proper training pertaining to HIPPA etc...
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