Re: [owcp] Any suggestions?
If I were in your shoes, I'd start with the Peace Corps Medical Office. I'd
explain the situation and ask how to proceed. In all likelihood, you'll be
given forms to file with OWCP.
Then, if you hit snags with either Peace Corps or the Dept. of Labor, contact
one of your Senator's offices for assistance. My guess is that you won't get a
sympathetic ear (or a case worker) until you try to initiate the claims process
on your own.
Hope this helps.
> To the group,
> I think I am probobly in a different situation than most of you. I have
> gone blind in my left eye. Over the years, doctors have suspected that it
> was due to an illness contracted during Peace Corps service. Unfortunately,
> none of would say this in writing. Now, with more known about the disease,
> toxoplasmosis, a communicable disease specialist will write a statement for
> me connecting my blindness to PC service. I am afraid to proceed, because
> of poor advice given to me by the Washington Peace Corps office when I
> originally tried to file. Many of you seem to be saying that your senator
> or representative has assigned someone to work on your case. Is this the
> source of your "congressional caseworkers"? At this point, I have
> completely lost sight in my left eye,and only need to have my right eye
> checked once a year. I am interested in the "award for loss of use of an
> organ." Any advice on how to preceed?
It seems you are on the right track by trying to document the causal
relationship between your PC service and your injury. That is
probably essential for most claims.
Insurance claims employees attempt to apply existing law to the
information the claimant provides to make their benefits
determination. Claimants can make this process easier for the
insurance provider by understanding the law or policy, to be sure the
claim is presented in a way that clearly falls in the area that is
due compensation. I found it useful to read the actual Federal
Workers Compensation Act.
Asking your congressional representative's office for help should be
a last resort, as Kevin suggests.
I've added a few links in the 'Links' section of this Yahoo group:
1. The Federal Employees' Compensation Act -- This is the legal code
that covers PC volunteers
2. OWCP Home Page -- Division of Federal Employees' Compensation
P.S.: I learned of this yahoo group from a message that someone
posted to my local RPCV group.