Posts Tagged ‘federal workers comp lawyer’

Why should you tell your union about FedDoctor?

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Because it will help your fellow members!

FedDoctor is an important tool in the lives of the federal employee. If you get injured on the job and need medical care, finding a doctor who dedicates a portion of their practice to federal workers compensation can be difficult, but can also be the difference in whether you get your benefits. It is always best to see this type of doctor immediately after the injury. If you can inform your union about, they can make sure that injured employees get the type of treatment they need right away.

Understanding where the OWCP is

Monday, September 19th, 2011

The Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP) is a branch under the Department of Labor (DOL). It specifically adjudicates and governs the laws under the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA). They deal with all the rules and regulations under the federal workers compensation system.

The OWCP has offices spread throughout the United States and they try to work your file at a nearby office. District Offices are located in Boston (District 1), Philadelphia (3), New York City (2), Washington, D.C. (25), Jacksonville, FL (6), Cleveland (9), Chicago (10), Kansas City (11), Dallas (16), Denver (12), San Francisco (13) and Seattle (14). Your OWCP claims numbers will start with a two digit number signifying the district office the claim was originated in. However anyone who has dealt with OWCP knows that all the mail is sent to London, KY.

The London, KY office is simply a mail room. There are no claims examiners there at all. All submissions are scanned into an electronic database and forwarded to the appropriate district office. Remember that people in all of these districts need medical care and are looking for qualified federal OWCP doctors who can help them get the care they need and benefits they deserve. That is why FedDoctor exists.

Tell your friends and coworkers not to fight OWCP alone. Visit today and get started on recovery.

What if there is no local federal doctor where you live?

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

This is important! We need your help and so do all of your co-workers and fellow federal employees. If no doctor comes up in your zip code search, please leave us your contact information. Once we find a doctor in your area we will contact you to let you know. We may be in the process of adding a new federal doctor in your local community right now and would have no way of informing you unless we have your contact information.

In the interim, you can search the zip code of your closest major city to see if one is there. You might be interested in a commute if it meant help with your OWCP claim.

Federal workers compensation claims are difficult and confusing. An OWCP doctor is working for the agency to determine if you are ready to return to work. A federal doctor, like the ones found on our site, is on your side making sure you are treated fairly. We want to help you find quality care and get the documentation that you need for your claim.

While you may not need to be anywhere near a federal attorney, we know that you need a doctor that you can see for treatment. However, if you need an impairment rating in order to file for a schedule award, most of our member doctors are familiar with how to rate using the 6th Edition of the AMA Guides. You do not need to treat regularly with them; you can visit them for a one time appointment.

Remember, you can help us and your fellow federal employees by leaving us your information and continuing to check our blogs, Twitter, and Facebook for udpdates on new doctors as we continue to find them.

How far am I allowed to travel to see a federal doctor?

Monday, September 12th, 2011

This is a great question. You can travel any distance to see any doctor that you choose. The OWCP will reimburse claimants for necessary travel expenses when they go to see the doctor for an accepted federal workers compensation claim. However there are some limitations on the reimbursement.

Some OWCP Claims Examiners might not want to reimburse you for travel expenses if you are traveling extraordinarily long distances. If there are no doctors near to you, it may be permitted and approved. However, you are still allowed to see any doctor that you want, you just might not get paid for your travel expenses.

At FedDoctor, our goal is to find great federal doctors and help you connect with them. We do not charge you anything for our service. We think that you deserve quality medical care for your OWCP injury claim. Help us to spread the word and find more doctors! If you know one, tell us about them!!!

Causation is key to an accepted OWCP claim

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Whenever a federal employee gets hurt at work, the most important factor in determining whether the OWCP will accept the claim is causation.

Causation is simply the rationale that factors of employment have contributed to the injury. The most important person or persons in determining causation is your treating physician(s). Their opinion of the cause of the medical condition or conditions is a major determining factor as to whether your claim gets accepted or not.

Many doctors do not have experience working with the OWCP and are unfamiliar with their procedures and regulations. At FedDoctor, we try to locate the very best physicians who have experience and an interest in helping federal employees with their workers comp claims.

Search for your new doctor now and find out how to get your claim accepted!

FedDoctor helps federal workers compensation patients get medical care

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

When a federal employee gets hurt at work, they face many obstacles that they must overcome in order to receive the benefits that they are entitled to.

An injured federal employee must first file a claim and “prove” that the medical conditions resulted from the job. Once a claim is opened, many claimants continue to have to fight with the OWCP to prove their ongoing treatments are necessary and that medical benefits be provided to pay the medical personnel. If the injury results in lost time, the claimant must prove that it was truly the condition that caused the missed time and provide medical rationale to support it. Once the conditions stabilize, the claimant must file paperwork for a schedule award if permanent residuals result.

To make matters worse, doctors often don’t accept DOL or OWCP as a form of payment or simply do not understand how to complete the paperwork and provide adequate documentation to the claims examiner. Federal attorneys are equally difficult to find if the situation in not being properly adjudicated. is here to help with the problem. Every time a federal employee needs medical care, we want to be the resource that helps them to find a physician that understands the federal workers compensation system and can provide all of the medical rationale and documentation to help ensure that the necessary evidence is available to the claimant or the claimant’s federal lawyer.

So start searching here at FedDoctor to see if we already have found someone near you to help you with your OWCP claim. We are always looking to find more doctors who understand and are willing to devote a part of their practice to working with federal employees. Stay tuned to watch the list of doctors grow and expand across the country. If we don’t have a doctor listed in your part of the country yet, leave us your information so that we can contact you back or add you to our email list and keep you up to date when we do find a physician near you!

Visit our Facebook page and Like us! Follow us on Twitter. Subscribe to blogs, but whatever you do, help us to spread the word across the nation that help is on the way. And best of all, it is absolutely free to use!

Why the AMA 6th Edition?

Friday, September 9th, 2011

On May 1, 2009, the Department of Labor’s Office of Workers Compensation Programs adopted the newest version of the American Medical Association’s Guidelines to Rating a Permanent Impairment, 6th Edition. Wow, what a mouth-full!

The AMA Guides, 6th Ed., as they are commonly called, changed how the OWCP adjuticated claims for schedule awards. A schedule award is a payment of compensation to a claimant for the permanent loss of use to a part of their body. The major difference as the OWCP moved from the 5th to the 6th edition has to do with how the specific impairment is calculated.

5th edition ratings where mainly considered as a range of motion based impairment. An examining physician could measure the losses in motion to a limb and use the tables in the old version to calculate impairment. Of course the actual methods are much more complex, but this seemed to be a reasonable method of measuring permanent damage.

The newer version, the 6th edition, uses a diagnosis based impairment. Therefore, if you have a particular diagnosis, you get a particular percentage of loss awarded with some small modifiers to mildly change the ratings. This method makes the actual calculation much more difficult for the physician, and often times, for the patient as well.

Many of the physicians here at have extensive experience with the 6th edition ratings. Because of the amount of time that is required to properly calculate impairment under the 6th edition, some of those doctors may charge an out of pocket fee if you are not regularly treating with them. In some cases, you may be able to have some, if not all, of your out of pocket charges reimbursed by the OWCP.

Remember, schedule awards are not given if the impairment rating report is not done correctly, and an incorrect amount can be given if your doctor does not comply with OWCP’s specific requirements. These special requirements are almost always different from state law workers comp regulations. is here to help you find a great new doctor to help you with treatment and evaluations. Visit toady and get started on moving your federal workers compensation claim forward.

Acceptance of a new injury claim

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Whenever you are applying for a new OWCP work injury claim, it is very important that your doctor provides you with sound medical rationale to support your claim.

Medical rationale can vary greatly depending on the type of injury you have sustained. There are 4 major types of cause recognized by OWCP: Direct Cause, Aggravation, Acceleration, and Precipitation.

Your doctor’s ability to relate your symptoms through one of those types of cause is extremely important. Just because you suffer from a condition does not mean that OWCP will accept your claim. That is why seeing a federal doctor who understands how to establish your cause of injury is so important.

Your doctor can tell if your injury is work related, but they may not know how to portray that to the OWCP. helps to connect you with talented medical providers that can help you with both.

How can you be a part of the movement?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 is a new service. This is the first website of its kind and the only website devoted entirley to helping federal employees all over the nation find great medical care for their OWCP claims.

Unfortunately, work accidents and injuries happen every day. Now, federal employees finally have a reliable database that helps them find local physicians to treat their job related conditions and help them get the right documentation to satisfy the OWCP. This can be the difference in an accepted or denied claim.

You can help federal employees nationwide find doctors by Liking our Facebook page or Following us on Twitter. Subscribe to our blog and tell your union officials that we are here to help federal employees nationwide.

If youvisit one of our doctors, tell others about the positive experience that you have to let them know that help is right around the corner. Help us spread the word!

Why are federal doctors hard to find?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

The term “Federal Doctors” is simply used to describe a physician who has expressed an interest in federal workers compensation treatment. Much like a “Federal Attorney”, there is no specific designation as to what type of workers compensation they practice. They have simply elected to devote a portion of their practice to the treatment of federal employees who suffer work place injuries.

Finding a federal doctor can be extremely difficult. Federal employees are outnumbered 50:1 to the non-federal workforce. Most doctors do not see the point in learning a completely different system for 2% of there potential clientele. It is up to us(including you!) to help educate them on the need that exists for federal employees.

We are constantly chasing down leads on physicians that might understand and be willing to help more federal employees nationwide. Unfortunately, many times we find out that once we speak with that particular doctor, they have decided that they do not want to deal with the OWCP anymore.

That is why they are not on the website. Only doctors who are actively pursuing the federal workers compensation claimants are even considered to be members of We want only the very best of treating and examining physician to represent out website. Their understanding and knowledge of both OWCP and the 6th Edition of the AMA Guides is crucial, not to mention the many forms that are often required.

Our members want to help you navigate the OWCP processes and provide you with the evidence that you need to help make you claim run like it should. Read more of our blog posts and like us on Facebook and Twitter to let everyone know that they can finally find a doctor who can help them.


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