Tuesday, March 15, 2011

You Are Not Alone

There's no doubt in my mind that the entire OWCP system is designed against claimant's and not for them. It's almost comical that they consider the system non-adversarial. I say almost because it's not funny to claimant's that have to live through OWCP's antics and games while injured and in pain.

It's not enough that the injured worker takes flack from fellow employees, their supervisors, their HR department, but they also have to take it from OWCP simply because they went to work and got injured. Sooner or later most claimant's find themselves wanting to give up just to be free of the system. This is exactly what OWCP wants you to do; give up your rights to the benefits you're entitled to.

All injured workers have to accept that their lives may no longer be the same, that they will forever face medical issues and pain due to their employment related injuries. This is not easy to accept and is made harder by being constantly bullied by the system that's supposed to help you. Although it may feel like it, you are not alone. There are tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of injured employees in exactly the same boat.

OWCP relies on your fear. At some point, every claimant feels it. The fear comes from the unknown. Not knowing how or what to do when it comes to your OWCP claim. Hopefully, this site will teach claimant's how to deal with their claims and how to navigate the system. For every action OWCP takes, there is a counter action a claimant can take.

I want to teach you to fight. I want you to realize that there are ways to get around the OWCP bullies and their decisions. I want you to realize that you are not alone and there are people out here who understand what you're going through and want to help you but you must stay in the fight. The best way I can put it is...Never give up...Never surrender.

2 comments:

  1. I cooperated 100% with the Field Nurse, and what she wrote are serious inaccuracies. Should I "correct" her statements. Also, they sent me a copy of my OWCP file but it is not complete and it it contains paperwork that belongs to other claimants. Can I request for the copy again, containing MY information only and UPDATED?

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  2. Yes, I would correct the statements. Any time something inaccurate goes into your file, you should write OWCP and alert them and list the inaccuracies. If you have documentation that proves the inaccuracies, copy that documentation with your letter. This way your opinion is also contained within your file. If you received another claimant's information, that should be returned to OWCP. When you return it, I would bring up the missing items or that the file you received was not complete and request that YOUR complete file be sent to you.

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