Unfortunately, because so little is known about the Office of Personnel Management by most of the general public, a lot of misinformation is available on the internet.
Many federal employees who are considering federal disability retirement turn to websites or friends who are trying to help when their local attorneys are unaware of the rules and regulations. It is heartbreaking to hear a federal employee tell their story and learn that avoidable mistakes were made because of misinformation.
This series of blog posts is designed to try to debunk some of the common myths and bad information that is commonly found on the internet.
The first myth that we are going to cover is:
If I am drawing OWCP payments and then I am approved for OPM disability, OWCP will stop paying for my medical bills pertaining to my on the job injury.
This couldn’t be any more incorrect. The Office of Workers Compensation Programs must pay for any and all medical bills stemming from an accepted work related condition. They must continue to pay for those medical expenses for the life of the injury. If you are left with permanent problems, then the OWCP is required to pay those benefits for the rest of your life.
If you develop a medical condition as a consequence of an already accepted OWCP condition, even if you have already switched to OPM federal disability benefits, you can have that new consequential injury added to your OWCP claim and the OWCP is now responsible for the care of that condition as well.
You can receive OPM monthly benefits, continue your health and life insurance and earn an income on while OWCP continues to pay for your medical care regarding your accepted medical conditions.
Stay tuned to this series to learn more about the common misconceptions related to the federal disability retirement benefits. Visit Harris Federal to speak with a professional in a free consultation. More free information is available here, a free info site.