Many work-related injuries are the result of a third party, such as a motor vehicle accident. Any settlement received from a third party’s insurer is subject to a claim of lien by the Department of Labor. This is an issue that we assist our clients with frequently. We can assist you to insure that you are receiving full credit for the deductions that are allowed by the Department of Labor to reduce the repayment as much as possible. We will also assist you to insure that the District Office, or in the case of Postal workers, the Health & Resource Management office (formerly Injury Compensation), is adhering to the rules, regulations, & procedures that pertain to recovery in these claims.
In recent months we have assisted Claimant’s who would have repaid the government more than was required from their settlement proceeds had they or their third party attorney not sought our advice. In a recent claim for a U.S. Postal Service employee, the U.S.P.S. asserted a lien in the amount of $19,720.00. We disagreed with this assessment; and presented our calculation for repayment which was significantly lower ($12,432.24). The Postal Service still disagreed, but acknowledged a further reduction of the repayment to equal $13,432.24. Nonetheless, their calculation remained incorrect. Further correspondence to the U.S.P.S. Law Dept. supported our calculation. The final repayment to the U.S.P.S. was $12,432.24, saving the Claimant in excess of $7,000.00 that would have been refunded in error. (View Correspondence)
We can work with your third party attorney hand in hand in these matters. We also offer representation in third party claims or referrals for representation as may be necessary.