Postal Employee Network is proud to announce that we have partnered with Doc Ellis and THE ELLIS CLINIC to help all postal employees get what they deserve when they have been injured at work. Please read the following introduction provided by THE ELLIS CLINIC and Doc Ellis exclusively for Postal Employee Network.
Federal Employees Compensation Act - FECA
At THE ELLIS CLINIC we welcome Federal and Postal employees who need assistance with their work injuries, medical retirement or other medical matters. Call us, we may be able to assist you in several ways.
MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS, REPORTS & TREATMENT
Assistance in Obtaining Reimbursement for Your Examinations
An Apology for Doctors Not Understanding Federal Workers
As a Professor of Legal Medicine who teaches doctors all over the United States, I have observed that the majority of physicians are reluctant to become involved in their patient’s State Workers Compensation injury claims. An even greater number of physicians express a very vocal aversion to Federal Workers Compensation injuries. This makes it very difficult for Federal employees to obtain treatment and proper medical documentation.
I apologize for my colleagues reluctance to see injured Federal employees.
It is my opinion that their reluctance is primarily due to the lack of Legal Medicine training in medical school, office staffs not trained in properly submitting claims for reimbursement, and the general bias against injured patients who have to file an injury claim.
Federal Workers Compensation is even more difficult because each agency is entrusted with the stewardship of public funds and is therefore under stricter guidelines than a state system where an insurance company has more leeway and options available to offer an injured employee. Each Federal agency needs objective information and documentation in the approved format before they can process a Federal Workers’ Compensation claim.
A Discussion of the Bias Against Injured Workers
There is a generalized bias against people who are injured and then through no fault of their own find themselves having to file an injury claim.
We probably all know of cases where someone was obviously fraudulent. These are the cases we remember. However, medical studies show that the majority of injured workers are very legitimate and are actually reluctant to complain because they do not want to be thought of as malingering or asking for more than they deserve.
The same fellow employees and supervisors that might pass the hat and personally bring canned goods and blankets for someone who is injured in a home fire may unconsciously act just the opposite towards an employee who has had an on the job injury. This antagonistic reaction occurs because injury involves the concept of fault. Our response to fault starts at an early age with “Its not my fault.” This antagonistic attitude psychologically harms the injured employee and interferes with the smooth administration of an injury claim.
We at THE ELLIS CLINIC are trained to treat each injured employee with fairness, objectivity and compassion. We Want to help.
God Bless You.
John W. Ellis, M.D. Medical Director
From Rick Owens - Founder of Postal Employee Network
I would like to emphasize that you cannot under estimate your need to have properly completed forms when filing a Workman's Compensation claim - most importantly, the physician claim forms that can, and do, either get your claim approved or denied.
I have been fighting just such a claim since 2001 - when I got injured while on the job as a letter carrier. I wish I had known about Doc Ellis and THE ELLIS CLINIC at that time... maybe the past four years would have been a little easier to cope with.
You owe it to yourself, and your claim, to check out THE ELLIS CLINIC.
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