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.