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3 Benefits of DOL Doctors

While going through an injury that causes you to deal with OWCP claims and health recovery is a challenging time, trust that there are benefits of calling a DOL doctor. While each person will have their own unique situation that causes them to see a doctor for federal work comp, there are many common reasons that going to a DOL doctor can be a positive part of the process. Here we look at just three of the benefits of seeing a DOL doctor when you are injured.

#1: DOL Doctors Put You First

It can be difficult to understand everything that goes into filing OWCP claims. A DOL doctor puts you first and not only wants to see you have a healthy and strong recovery so that you get back on the job, but also wants to make sure that you get all of the documentation resolved quickly and with complete attention to detail.

#2: Federal Work Comp Doctors Know the Paperwork

The paperwork is a complicated part of the OWCP claims. Whether you work for the USPS and have suffered from an auto accident or you have a job at the VA and had a back injury while lifting, it’s vital that the doctor links the injury with the motions that took place. Because you’ll need to prove this connection to get the most out of your OWCP claims, you need to have a specialist on your side that understands the system.

#3: DOL Doctors Work with a Variety of Patients

 

DOL doctors work with people from many professions such as the TSA and VA, and they have seen a variety of injuries. Even if the establishment you work for has referred you to a medical professional, you can still find a DOL doctor of your own choosing. 

Are You Filing Your OWCP Claims Correctly?

When you’re injured in the workplace, stress can be high and it can be easy to make quick and snappy decisions when visiting a doctor. It’s highly important that you’re seeking medical attention especially if you may be in a serious medical situation and even in scenarios where you may not be in significant risk.

But did you know that if you don’t file your OWCP claims correctly, you may lose out on all the benefits you’re provided by your work or through your federal work comp programs? This is why it’s vital that you understand which doctors you can go to that will also know how to deal with the DOL and in making OWCP claims. Whether you work in a federal agency, the TSA, USPS, VA, or another business with workers comp benefits, you want to make sure you know all about workers comp and how to file OWCP claims ahead of time.

Of course, it’s better to not need federal work comp or have to make OWCP claims, but there is always the chance that you may need to someday.

If however you’ve gotten an injury recently while on the workplace in the federal government, it makes a bit difference if you can seek someone out who already has experience with OWCP claims. That could be someone in your family or your social circle that has successfully navigated the DOL or OWCP, or someone who is experienced with those systems within your workplace.

Remember that the range of benefits you get from federal work comp is highly dependent on you filing your OWCP claims correctly. You don’t want to misfile or forget something important, or you may be on the hook for a significant bill on your own.

You can always ask your doctor, as most doctors who are experienced in dealing with DOL related checkups will be able to provide some insight and guidance to helping you navigate the federal work comp situation and in filing your OWCP claims correctly.

Contact us today to learn more about how you can file your OWCP claims correctly to ensure you get the full range of benefits from your federal work comp or workers compensation in your place of work.

Doctors are Key

The Department of Labor exists to ensure that those who are seeking employment or who are earning a living by working can work under safe and healthy work environments and the Office of Workers Compensation Programs exists to manage the many programs for injured workers to help them get the treatments and therapies that are needed and return to the workplace.

Any kind of workplace has risks that workers are subject. While many employers seek to minimize those risks, the sheer number of individuals in the workforce dictates that accidents will happen. The OWCP and the DOL work in tandem to ensure that risks are minimized and injuries are properly taken care.

While these government entities provide the resources and the oversight to help injured workers, it is the doctors who deal with patients in their day to day recovery and the doctors are an important part of navigating the paperwork of the workers compensation claims process.

Direct Medical Healthcare is adept at providing medical professionals and resources to injured workers to ensure that they are getting the full advantage of the OWCP. Talk to Direct Medical Healthcare and let us help you get through your claims process smoothly.

Stress-Related Disabilities Compensation

According to the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act, there are situations and scenarios that all employees to make claims with the OWCP for stress-related disabilities. Those qualifying disabilities typically fall into one of three categories:

  • Mental stimulation that leads to a physical injury like a stress-related heart attack.

  • Physical injury that leads to a mental disability like anxiety or PTSD.

  • Mental stimulation that lead to a mental condition like depression.

It’s important to note that these conditions can arise suddenly from some unexpected event (like witnessing workplace violence or a violent accident) or can be the result of prolonged exposure to workplace stress (like harassment). The OWCP states that these conditions are coverable. Additionally,  if a work-related event aggravates a pre-existing condition, that can be covered as well.

In order for stress-related disabilities to be covered, it will be important to establish that the disability is resultant from regular work duties or from additional responsibilities imposed by the employer. Not all emotional and stress-related issues are covered. There are several criteria that must be met, but the good news is that they may be and are worth looking into.

Talk to a qualified workers compensation doctor to find out if you qualify and get the compensation that you need.

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