Hi Sue, and welcome.
This group was Nancy's idea (a great one, I might add), and I was happy
to set it up.
Like Nancy, I'm not sure if it's worth following the legal path, but I
would never dissuade anyone from exploring that option. There must be
a lawyer in Oregon who takes federal workers' comp cases. Have you
contacted your local and state bar associations for referrals?
On a related note, I was speaking with a lawyer friend of mine a couple
of days ago. She mentioned a class action lawsuit as an option for
down the road. The drawback is that one must exhaust all
administrative remedies before it's possible to sue OWCP.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "susan murray" <bunstg@h...> wrote:
> Nancy, Kevin, et all,
> I am so pleased to be a part of the Yahoo RPCV group. We may be small now
> but watch us grow as more volunteers become aware of the group. I liked the
> suggestion to search for some radio journalists to publicize the group's
> issues and concerns.
> I am in the midst of coping with various Drs. who indicate that my injuries
> are permanent but they also say that the DOL will likely want me to have an
> evaluation in order to close my medical file. I am frustrated and upset
> with this entire process.
> I looked in my health benefits handbook for RPCVs and found information that
> states that cases cannot be considered closed when there is indication of
> long-term disability or if additional medical care is needed. I do not
> understand where the DOL is coming from when since I have permanent damages
> to my neck and shoulder.
> I have spent numerous hours searching for a lawyer who handles Fed. w/c
> cases here in Oregon. The lawyers here only handle state w/c cases. I will
> not agree to anything from the w/c until I have legal advice. Does anyone
> know of any lawyer who deals with the Feds.? If so, perhaps it would be
> helpful to other disabled RPCVs if a list of lawyers could be compiled.
> Also, I had to enlist the help of Or. Sen. Ron Wyden to obtain approval from
> the DOL for medical treatment when I first returned from the PC. Perhaps it
> would be helpful to our group if we solicited some congressional support for
> the challenges disabled and injured RPCVs have to cope with when dealing
> with the DOL.
> Take care,