HOW DOL DOCTORS HELP INJURED POSTAL WORKERS
A DOL (Department of Labor) doctor can help an injured postal worker in several ways, depending on the nature of the injury and the worker’s needs:
Initial Assessment and Treatment:
- Diagnosis: The DOL doctor will perform a thorough examination to diagnose the injury and determine the appropriate course of treatment.
- Medical Treatment: They can provide necessary medical care, including prescription medication, physical therapy, B12 shots, and other treatment modalities.
- Work Restrictions: They can determine if the worker needs any limitations or restrictions on their work activities to prevent further injury.
- Continuation of Pay: They can help the worker obtain continuation of pay while they are unable to work due to their injury.
- Referral to Specialists: If needed, they can refer the worker to specialists for further evaluation and treatment.
Workers’ Compensation Claims:
- Documentation: The DOL doctor will document the injury and treatment in detail, which is essential for the worker’s claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
- Medical Reports: They will submit necessary medical reports to the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) to support the worker’s claim.
Communication with OWCP: They can communicate directly with OWCP on the worker’s behalf to answer questions and provide additional information.
- Medical Authorization: They can request authorization from OWCP for any treatment or procedures that are deemed necessary for the worker’s recovery.
- Appeals: If the worker’s claim is denied, the DOL doctor can help the worker file an appeal.
Return to Work:
- Work Capacity Evaluations: The DOL doctor can conduct work capacity evaluations to determine when the worker is able to safely return to work.
- Modified Duty: They can help the worker transition back to work by recommending modified duty assignments.
- Vocational Rehabilitation: If the worker is unable to return to their previous job due to their injury, the DOL doctor can assist them in obtaining vocational rehabilitation services.
Here are some additional resources that can be helpful for injured postal workers:
U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP): https://owcp.dol.gov/
Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA): https://www.dol.gov/agencies/owcp/FECA/regs/statutes/feca
American Postal Workers Union (APWU): https://apwu.org/
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC): https://www.nalc.org/
InnovA Technologies: https://innovallc.com/
It’s important to note that postal workers are covered under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), which provides specific benefits and procedures for injured workers. A DOL doctor plays a crucial role in helping injured postal workers receive the medical care and compensation they deserve.