Who calls an OWCP attorney?

by | Aug 14, 2016 | 4 comments

I get multiple calls from federal employees every day who are trying to figure out whether they need an attorney or not. In an ideal world, none of these employees would need attorneys. OWCP was supposed to set up federal workers compensation system where an attorney would not be needed. I’m sure there are situations where this has worked out just fine, but I’ve found that the claims examiners at OWCP and the Agency employees do not assist employees in understanding their rights at work when they are injured.

So what type of federal employees call me for help? I get calls from employees from all types of agencies….VA, Post Office, TSA, Secret Service, DOD etc. I get more from the USPS than any other Agency due to the size of their workforce and the nature of their job.

Here are some examples of what people look for when they call me:

1) Someone who got injured on the job that day or that week and is not sure what to do.

While I much prefer to get a call earlier rather than later, until we can figure out your prognosis. Will you be able to get back to work soon? On a limited basis? at all? What’s your diagnosis?

Its sometimes difficult to tell these things right away and it can be difficult to give advice at this point. Having said that, I can tell you what to look for and at what point I can help.

2) Someone who has an injury for a while and has had trouble getting a claim approved.

These are the majority of people who call me. Depending on the situation, I am the right person to call or possibly no one can help. Deadlines in OWCP cases are REALLY important. Additionally, if one argument is made, sometimes the claims examiner gets stuck on that idea even when an attorney makes another argument. Either way, the sooner after an incident I get a call, the better the chance that we can help effectively.

3) Someone who has a claim approved and is not sure what to do next.

We get these calls from people who have had something happen to them, OWCP is paying the medical bills, but they feel like they should be compensated for their injury. And they should. Often times we can help get a schedule award, which is an award for permanent damage to certain parts of the body.

4) The one-offs.

We get a lot of strange and interesting calls from people who have particularly interesting situations. I love these calls as they make life interesting.

Whatever, your reason for contacting an attorney, we are happy to discuss your situation with you.

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  1. Germaine Windley

    Can I actually be compensation for a injury, even after going back to work?

    • admin

      Yes, it is certainly possible. First, you can get medical care while back at work. Second, you can possibly get a schedule award (a sum of money for permanent damage to certain body parts) while you are working.

  2. John

    I’m curious, I went through 5 surgeries on my ankle due to a trimallaeor ankle fracture. Just had the ankle fused due to post traumatic arthritis. I’m currently on the rolls, getting paid by OWCP for time lost at this moment, and have been intermittently working light duty in between surgeries. Would I be able to apply for federal disability retirement and social security retirement? I’ve had depression and anxiety that has increased due to the injury 3 years ago, and definitely without help from my agency harassing me and trying to work outside my restrictions, and OWCP not paying me on time and sending me unnecessary letters that later get redacted. I don’t think I can work at my current agency anymore due to the depression and anxiety worsening my current injury as I have a lot of resentment toward what has happened to me on the job. I am 100% sure I won’t be able to return to my current position (I am on my feet walking 12-13 miles a day) so they would have to put me in another position within the agency. If I refuse a job offer would the anxiety and depression be an acceptable reason to refuse if I had my primary care doctor provide documentation as well?

    • admin

      Hello. It may be possible that anxiety and depression could prevent you from being sent back to work if they were accepted conditions and your doctor believed that it prevented you from doing that duty, however, without knowing more, I would think the physical aspect would be the easier route to go. Further, you may be eligible for disability retirement (SS disability is possible but has a higher standard to get on it). Give us a call for a consultation for more concrete answers.


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