how to start a repetitive injury claim?

MiddleOfNowhere

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i've got a rotator cuff thats going, and i've heard that sometimes there a nightmare to get to full recovery. what's the way to start this, so that i (in worst possible scenario) don't have to burn up all my sick leave? i'm maxed out on the amount of tylenol i'm taking.
 

Rt2mailman

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File a C-A-2 with workman's comp. Call Devin Cassity, our union's specialist on workman's comp issues, he will advise you on what you need to do.
You need to write up an explanation of what your job entails, with EVERYTHING that you do. Start with your arrival time, # of pieces of flats (explain what a flat is), letters, raw and DPS, # of parcels, and approximate weight, how far you walk carrying these items, and how many times you move your arm to sort/deliver/pick-up(out-going) all those flats, letters, and parcels. What process you go through every time you stop, (pull brake, put it in park, shut key off open door, get parcel/mail, scanner, pen/3849, and carry to house, and average weight.
The people deciding if your job caused your injury have no idea what you do in your work as a carrier, so you have to make it clear, under no uncertain terms, that your job has caused your injury. With the amount of movement required in our job something will eventually break, tear, or just wear out, especially with the weight of Amazon, and the # of times we pick up, move or carry those heavy items. As of lately workman's comp has gotten more strict on accepting any claim, but the ones I have seen with good explanations of their job usually get accepted. Good luck.
 

Morty

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I went to a chiropractor, 6 sessions.

I had no faith in it, but im converted now.

Pain has gone away, the severe anyway. That maybe would be a first step, to show you tried to fix it?
 

MiddleOfNowhere

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File a C-A-2 with workman's comp. Call Devin Cassity, our union's specialist on workman's comp issues, he will advise you on what you need to do.
You need to write up an explanation of what your job entails, with EVERYTHING that you do. Start with your arrival time, # of pieces of flats (explain what a flat is), letters, raw and DPS, # of parcels, and approximate weight, how far you walk carrying these items, and how many times you move your arm to sort/deliver/pick-up(out-going) all those flats, letters, and parcels. What process you go through every time you stop, (pull brake, put it in park, shut key off open door, get parcel/mail, scanner, pen/3849, and carry to house, and average weight.
The people deciding if your job caused your injury have no idea what you do in your work as a carrier, so you have to make it clear, under no uncertain terms, that your job has caused your injury. With the amount of movement required in our job something will eventually break, tear, or just wear out, especially with the weight of Amazon, and the # of times we pick up, move or carry those heavy items. As of lately workman's comp has gotten more strict on accepting any claim, but the ones I have seen with good explanations of their job usually get accepted. Good luck.
i can work on the detail explanation. i would assume i should talk to devin before anything else. i'm also guessing that the po will want to send me to their dr.?
 

Rt2mailman

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The USPS couldn't care less until OWCP approves your claim, at that time you will need to file a Ca-7 (that asks OWCP pay for every day you are off work, instead of burning all your sick leave), that is when the USPS will ask you to see their "Quack". A Dr. That does next to no tests, and says you are fit for duty and can go back to work. If you still have your Dr. saying you still have an issue don't worry unless OWCP'S Dr. says you are "fit" for work, then you will have to contest their claim and all the Dr's will have to appoint a "referee " Dr.
Hopefully you will be better by then , because that Dr. may require you back to work.
This is a long process, but with proper documentation and a good explanation of your exact duties you will prevail. Csll Devin Cassity at the National Office Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm ET at 703-684-5545 as found on the NRLCA site. NRLCA form 30 is needed to receive OWCP assistance.
 
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