February 9, 2002
My name is Verdell Hamer. I am a Army Veteran with 15 years of military service. Upon leaving the military, I was hired to work as (PTF) Part-Time Flexible Employee of the U. S. Postal Service. During my first year of work in 1995, I was injured on the job. This injury was reported and medical treatment was received. Even so, the injury continued to deteriorate to the point that I developed RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy). The claim was accepted by OWCP and then later denied. For five years, I have sent in requests for reconsideration, even after numerous surgeries and doctor’s reports that supported my on the job injury. OWCP continued to find reasons deny my claim. During these years residing in Tennessee, I could not find one lawyer to handle my case. I was told by so many that “I was in the right and had a good case, but Federal cases are difficult and so I don’t do them.” The stress of an injury caused handicap and daily pain, surgical procedures and financial problems continued to multiply to the point of desperation. Finally, in 2001 a doctor that my husband works with referred me to a lawyer who in turn referred me to Attorney Paul H Felser a lot to go through to find help; but thank God we did. The legal wording and requests by the OWCP is confusing enough but not knowing the proper channels for appeals and what laws are there to help you is horrible, along with the obvious medical and physicals problems. Attorney Felser has helped me to continue in my efforts to receive the help rightfully owed by OWCP. Since it is my belief that you need an advocate to handle these matters, I am authorizing Attorney Felser at his discretion to post any facts about my case on the Internet in the hopes that it will be of assistance to others in similar circumstances.
Verdell E. Hamer