How To Deal With OWCP Case Nurses
OWCP has a nurse intervention program which aims to streamline the process of federal workers’ compensation so you can get back to work fully healed and in a timely manner. That being said, don’t take this intervention for face value; as always, proceed with caution and play the part so you can get to keep your monthly compensation coming in. A nurse appointed by OWCP is there to liaise with your attending physician so that he or she can report on his or her behalf to their senior in order to determine what steps should be taken next as far as your federal compensation case is concerned.
OWCP Nurse Communication Tips
First, it is important that you remain calm and concede to have a nurse attached to your OWCP federal workers’ compensation case. This is because refusal would look like you are being uncooperative which might make FECA cut off or reduce your payouts. As such, you should speak to the attending nurse and accept their requests to attend your doctor’s visits. However, resist the urge to tell them about your condition should they ask you; this is because they are not on your side and may just be looking for a loophole or piece of information to influence OWCP’s decision to take you off compensation. Your answers should be ‘yes’ or ‘no’, and should always refer them to your physician the minute they start asking convoluted medical questions.
OWCP Nurse Responsibilities
With the information provided by your OWCP doctor, your attending nurse, also known as ‘COP nurse’, ‘Nurse Case Manager’, or ‘Field Nurse’ will prepare a report which will go into your case file for future review. They may or may not accompany you to your doctor’s appointments, and they may choose to call periodically to get information on how you are doing. Depending on the complexity of your case, your OWCP nurse may only show up a few times a month or prefer to call for periodic updates. In addition, they are responsible for setting up your appointments to have your FECA claims reviewed so it’s in your best interests to be as cooperative as you can without being verbose to avoid sabotaging your compensation.
Legal Help For Federal Workers’ Compensation Cases
Dealing with OWCP nurses is not for the faint of heart. Most likely, they will try to bully you or ingratiate themselves into your life to find incriminating information so they can save OWCP money through the termination of your benefits. Your best bet at getting full compensation as well as peace of mind as far as federal workers’ compensation is concerned is to get in touch with a federal workers’ compensation law firm such as ours so you can lock down your compensation without having to deal with meddling nurses. Please give us a call today on 1-877-561-3004 and we’ll go over your case’s particulars. It’s free and confidential, and you have nothing to lose. Thanks for choosing us.