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Upgrade of Medical Conditions

Upgrade of Medical Conditions

Upgrade of Medical Conditions

What is an Upgrade of medical condition? It is a worsening of your current accepted work injury. There are several reasons why an injury needs an Upgrade of the medical condition.

Who determine if your claim is ready for Upgrade of medical condition?  Definitely you’re attending physician.

What is needed to Upgrade medical condition? Are all claims good for Upgrade of medical condition? The answer is definitely No.

Do you have a work injury? Do you have MRI done in the past one year? How often do you see your physician? The physician must have full knowledge of the case to make a good opinion on whether it is ready for an Upgrade of medical condition.

Oftentimes an employee can have worsening of an already accepted condition on the same body part. Example, a sprain injury over a period of time could develop into a tear of muscle or ligament. Most times when the OWCP accepts a claim it is often accepted as a sprain, contusion, or strain. However, there may be other conditions or findings on your diagnostic tests that may warrant including in your injury claim to the DOL/OWCP. Example an injured federal worker may have a claim accepted as a lower back sprain when actually he/she may have a herniated disc of L2 vertebrae. One would need a detailed medical report that describes the herniated disc and other diagnostic tests ordered. Our DOL certified doctors are experts in assisting with medical reports to help getting you condition upgraded.

Some common DOL injuries that may worsen during course of treatment to require are upgrade includes;

  • Sprain/Strains
  • Fractures
  • Contusions
  • Frostbite
  • Abrasion
  • Laceration
  • Dislocation

If you feel that your current injury requires a medical upgrade, please contact our DOL-OWCP staff for assistance with scheduling you for a visit with our DOL doctor.

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