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OWCP: Injured Federal Employees are Not Being Counted

When I visit with federal union members around the country, I always ask for a show of hands for how many people in the room are dealing with work-related injuries or who know someone who is. Without exception, 50% - 80% of the room raise their hands. Nearly everyone either is dealing with a work injury or knows someone else who is.

According to OSHA’s Federal Injury and Illness Statistics for 2016, only 3.19% of federal employees had work injury / illness cases.

So, is it 3% or is it 50%-80%?

Here’s the answer. At the bottom of the page, it says that the number does not include cases that were denied.

Denied OWCP work injury claims are a nationwide epidemic for injured federal employees. So, why are work injury claims denied? Answer: Because there’s also an epidemic shortage of qualified OWCP-trained doctors that know how to show causation and get these claims approved.

Injured federal workers are too often told to find their own doctors, with zero guidance and zero information about which doctors actually specialize in OWCP. Management sends them to company doctors. These are generally very good doctors, but have no understanding of OWCP. Upon being asked for advice, some people tell injured employees to go look online or to go to their primary care doctors. Looking online does no good if there’s no qualified OWCP doctors in the area and primary care doctors simply don’t understand OWCP. Worst of all, many, if not most, injured federal employees just give up. They get so frustrated that they decide to just live with it. None of this is acceptable.

The annual published injury rate is also so low because of the massive lack of knowledge for what to do when someone is hurt at work. OWCP has a 30-year old form called a CA-10, “What a Federal Employee Should Do When Injured at Work.” The bottom of the form says to “Post on Employees’ Bulletin Board”. It’s not – ever. 100% of federal employees that I talk to say that they’ve never seen this form posted on their bulletin boards at work. This changes after we give them copies to post.

We believe that when federal employees are better educated about their rights and responsibilities, they will be better equipped to get the help they need when they are hurt at work. Who knows what the actual injury rate is each year? What we do know is that it’s far more than what’s reported. Most injured federal employees are not being counted because they can’t find a doctor who knows what they’re doing or they don’t know what they should do when they’re hurt at work.

Federal Injury Centers is working to solve these two very serious problems for federal employees. Our OWCP work injury doctors in McKinney, TX, Frisco, TX, Dallas, TX and in Boston work with federal employees and their union leaders weekly to educate them on how to get the help they need when they’re hurt at work.

Federal employees make this country go. When they break, we have to fix them. That starts with educating them on the complex OWCP federal workers comp system. We want all federal employees to be counted.

DALLAS, FRISCO, MCKINNEY OWCP: What We’ve Learned From Traveling the Country

I’ve had the opportunity to travel around and visit with federal union members around the country, in Tampa, Clearwater, West Palm Beach, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Boston, Indianapolis, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Richardson, and Denton, TX. I’ve been able to hear the complaints of federal employees when they are hurt at work and need to open an OWCP work injury claim.

The number 1 thing I hear everywhere I go is that supervisors / management are giving employees a hard time when they want to report and fill out work injury forms. Often, management doesn’t understand the laws related to filing OWCP claims, and as a result they don’t want to fill out or sign CA-1 or CA-2 forms. So, we encourage injured workers to take a CA-10 form to the supervisor and help them understand their responsibilities according to the law.

The 2nd problem we hear about is that injured workers can’t find doctors who understand OWCP and don’t know how to write causation reports that get OWCP work injury claims accepted. This is a very serious problem nationwide: a critical shortage of qualified OWCP-trained doctors. So, we teach doctors around the country to help federal employees with OWCP injuries, at an expert level.

Federal employees’ ability to get paid after a work injury is another serious problem. By and large, people don’t realize that they can be paid to be off work and at the doctor getting treated so they can get back to work full duty. They also don’t know they can be reimbursed for any medical bills they incurred because their OWCP claim wasn’t accepted. Along with that, lots of people have to use their own sick and vacation time when they do have to take off work. They can get all of that time back if and when their OWCP claim is approved. And finally, injured federal employees can be reimbursed for travel to and from medical visits related to a federal work injury. OWCP has forms for all of these situations, but federal employees often don’t know they exist, and even if they did, none of it is available unless the doctor was able to get the injury claim accepted.

So, we’ve taken what we’ve heard from listening to federal employees around the country and we’re working to solve those problems in the Dallas area. We’ve started OWCP programs in partnership with good doctors in McKinney, Frisco, and South-East Dallas, TX. We’re working closely with unions and union leaders all around our area to make sure that federal employees in our own back yards are taken care of. We’ve trained good doctors in Baltimore, Boston, Indianapolis, Chicago, San Francisco, Greensboro, Clearwater, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.

Federal employees in these areas are well taken care of as a result, and this is what we want for our federal employees in McKinney, Frisco, and Dallas.

McKinney, TX Federal OWCP Injury Doctors

I grew up in a small town just east of McKinney, TX, called Princeton. So, McKinney feels like home to me. When we had the opportunity to work with Dr. Todd Molski of McKinney, I was obviously very excited. The McKinney OWCP work injury office is located on Virginia Avenue just a few minutes from the main post office on I-75, and it’s also right down the road from another very busy post office in McKinney. This location seemed perfect for helping injured federal employees in McKinney, TX.

Before we started helping injured federal workers with their OWCP work injury claims, McKinney didn’t have other doctors who knew how to handle OWCP. When we talked to federal employees from the post offices, they told us that they didn’t know of any doctors in the area who could help them if they were hurt at work. They were going to their primary care doctors which was costing them all of their federal work injury benefits. That’s a problem that we see nationwide when going out and educating federal employees: There is a massive shortage of good, qualified, OWCP-trained doctors in this country.

In the absence of OWCP-trained doctors, people are forced to use their health insurance, with all of the money coming out of their pocket, because no doctors are available who know how to get an OWCP injury claim open and accepted.

Our doctors know how to get your injury claim accepted

We came to McKinney, TX because federal employees were getting hurt there and they needed someone who could help them. We want to help you. You have hard jobs. Some of you are waling more than 10 miles per day. Many of you are lifting up to 50 or 75 pounds all day long. We know you’re getting hurt. We can help you.

So, be careful out there, but if you were hurt at work in McKinney, TX or in the surrounding areas, give us a call. Get all of your federal work injury benefits and get better and back to work.

Note: The McKinney OWCP Federal Injury Center office also serves the following towns: Allen, Princeton, Plano, Melissa, Farmersville, Anna, Celina, Murphy, Blue Ridge, and the rest of Collin County.

OWCP-Trained Doctors in McKinney, TX

Finally, McKinney, TX has a doctor who specializes in OWCP Federal Workers Compensation. Freedom Health Centers of McKinney is a multi-disciplinary medical and chiropractic practice on Virginia Pkwy, located between 2 main post offices in McKinney, TX.

Freedom Health Centers serves injured federal employees from all agencies: USPS, TSA, VA, FEMA, Homeland Security, and all others. We work with the local unions who serve their federal employee members as well.

The owners work with OWCP trained doctors and federal injured workers all across the nation. With nearly 20 years of experience in OWCP workers comp, we are expertly equipped to help injured workers with even the most complicated of work injury cases. Whether it be old cases, new cases, closed cases, denied cases - we are able to help. We know how to get federal work injury claims accepted.

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