Episode 9 Federal Workers Compensation Coffee Break Podcast-Story Time Version- “PROBABLY”!?
Federal Workers Comp Coffee Break
Federal Workers Compensation Coffee Break Podcast is about all things related to Federal Workers Compensation, FECA, OWCP, DOL & Longshore claim filing as an injured federal worker. The podcast is an educational and informative training on how to navigate the DOL, OWCP claims filing process for all types of injured US government and federal workers. The podcaster has 27 years in assisting with federal workers compensation as a consultant and trainer. The podcast is free and is educational. If you need help with anything related to a federal workers compensation claim…help is just a cup of coffee away.
This episode is a Story Time Version that discusses the common problem of using inexperienced doctors and clinics that do not understand federal rules and provisions regarding causation and employment factors. If you’re an injured federal worker filing a work related injury claim for workers’ compensation benefits, your doctor must provide an acceptable diagnosis that is sufficient to establish the required 5 elements of causation and appropriate diagnosis. For example, if you are initially diagnosed only with “pain” and later find out that the source of your pain is a torn ligament or broken bone, your case will be denied. Pain diagnosis is not compensable under the FECA for federal workers. All CA forms to establish claims must be signed by an MD/DO or co-signed by an MD/DO, if you see a PA or NP.
Your medical provider should also explicitly describe how your medical condition was caused by a work-related event or exposure. This is called the doctor’s “causation opinion”. ‘Causation” needs to be written in explanatory terms as opposed to a conclusion statement. The causation statement requires the doctor to provide rationale with a description of a definitive link between the work-related incident and your medical condition. This is a story of an injured worker who had his work-related injury denied for a year and a half due to the wrong provider signing his document and receiving a diagnosis of “pain,’ along with his second doctor using one wrong word…”probably.” Welcome to a story time version of the podcast!
You can find the DFEC procedure manual that explains these requirements at the following link: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/owcp/FECA/regs/compliance/DFECfolio/FECA-PT2/group1#208053
Dr. Taylor has a long history working as an OWCP – DOL provider along with years of working as a federal workers comp consultant, teaching all things federal workers compensation related. This is an educational short form format for learning how to successfully file federal workers compensation claims. So grab a cup of coffee and lets begin.
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