I am someone whose practice is restricted to Federal Workers' Compensation and before I became an attorney I worked as a Claims Examiner in an OWCP District Office.
I would recommend that the doctor request authorization for a "diagnostic" MRI. I would also advise you to contact the specific claims examiner in the San Francisco Office who is handling your case, not the contact representative. If the claims examiner does not get back to you in a reasonable amount of time, start...
Before I became an attorney I worked for several years as a claims examiner in the Federal Workers' Compensation Program (OWCP). We were told that no employer or other person may require an employee to enter into any agreement to waive his or her right to compensation. We were also told that no waiver of compensation rights was ever valid. You should consult an attorney.
If you are a Federal employee in Washington State, you may want the surgeon to refer you to an occupational medicine specialist. Under OWCP law this procedure is OK. You may want to let your OWCP Claims Examiner know that your surgeon is going to refer you to an occupational illness physician so everyone knows what is going on.
In Washington State where many people have Group Health, the occupational illness physicians there are experienced in determining work restrictions for Federal...
If you were a Federal Employee when you were injured, you have 30 days from the date of the issuance of the CA 203 to request an oral hearing, 6 months to request review by the ECAB and one year to submit new medical evidence or new legal argument and request reconsideration.
The date of MMI Maximum Medical Improvement is not the date you were fixed and stable. It is the date you were as good as you were going to get. Federal Employees who obtain a schedule award will not do so until after...
I suggest you contact the local bar association for a list of attorneys in your area who practice workers compensation law.
You may also want to see a lawyer about a tort claim for the broken ladder.
Do not delay. There is a statute of limitations for filing a claim
If you were a civilian Federal Employee when you were injured and your claim has been approved, you do not have to remain employed with the same employing agency while your claim is active.
Your employer cannot legally impede your claim just because you hired an attorney. 18 USC 1922 provides for penalties for employing agency officials who impede the filing of a workers compensation claim with the OWCP. Your attorney can explain 18 USC 1922 to you.
If you were a Federal employee when...
If you were a Federal Employee when you were injured, you would be entitled to reasonable travel costs including ferry fare and parking. Do not get workers compensation advice from Human Rersources. Get it from your OWCP Claims Examiner. He or she can even get you the correct form to claim reimbursement.