Winning Mental Health Claims with OWCP
To win an OWCP claim for work-related stress and anxiety, you must prove that your job caused or aggravated your condition. This can be difficult, as stress and anxiety can be caused by many factors, both inside and outside of work.
Here are some tips for winning your OWCP claim:
Gather evidence. This could include:
- Medical records from a qualified mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist.
- A journal or diary documenting your symptoms and how they are affected by your work.
- Statements from coworkers or supervisors who can testify to the stressful conditions of your job.
- If you have any documentation of specific work-related events or incidents that caused or aggravated your stress, such as emails, text messages, or performance reviews, be sure to include those as well.
- If you are able to, have your therapist write a medical opinion letter stating that your stress and anxiety is caused or aggravated by your job.
- File your claim promptly. The OWCP has a one-year deadline from the date of your injury or illness to file a claim. However, it is best to file as soon as possible so that you can receive benefits quickly and avoid any potential problems with your claim.
Be prepared to explain how your job is causing or aggravating your stress and anxiety. Be specific and provide examples of specific work-related events or incidents that have contributed to your condition. Be honest and cooperative with the OWCP. This includes providing them with all of the requested information and documentation.
Consider hiring an attorney. An experienced OWCP attorney can help you gather evidence, file your claim, and represent you at any hearings or appeals.
It is important to note that OWCP claims for stress and anxiety can be difficult to win, but it is possible with the right evidence and preparation. If you believe that your job is causing or aggravating your stress and anxiety, be sure to file a claim promptly and gather as much evidence as possible to support your case.
Here are some additional tips for increasing your chances of winning your OWCP claim:
- Be as specific as possible when describing your symptoms and how they are affected by your work.
- Be consistent in your reporting of symptoms and how they affect your work.
- Seek medical treatment for your stress and anxiety as soon as possible.
- Follow your doctor’s treatment plan and recommendations.
- Keep a journal or diary to document your symptoms, how they affect your work, and any steps you are taking to manage your stress and anxiety.
- Be prepared to answer questions about your stress and anxiety, including any personal or family history of mental health problems.