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By thomas yost, captain, Fs 88-c


you call in at least every two.weeks, and/or after each doctor’s appointment. However we also have a two-week call list to check up on those of you off ID to make sure you are being taken care of, if you don’t remember to call us.


If you are having any problems, call us—sooner rather than later.


We have a list of phone numbers for each Tristar adjuster, including super- visors and branch managers and know whom to call to solve most issues. We can usually fix the problem if we are notified that one exists. One of the myths we hear all the time is that MLU places mem-


bers on Light Duty. Wrong! Only the doctor can place you on Light Duty. We just follow up on the Duty Status shown on the Doctors Report and find a place for you to work. The other struggle we have is when a member is placed on Light


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hy are you scared of the MLU? Although we are all captains here, every one of us has been through the work comp system. Among the group of us here we have had three bum knees:


meniscus tear, micro fracture, total knee replacement, three shoulder surgeries, and epidurals for backs. A couple of us have even survived cancers from minor to serious. So, “We feel your pain.” Until I showed up here for Light Duty, I didn’t have a clue about what happens here. Now I know better. Our goal here is to get the immediate care you need and make the


recovery process smoother. But we can’t do this unless you call the MLU office. We can initiate your care, help follow-up to get routine procedures certified, and provide a liaison between you and your adjuster. We ask that


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Duty and believes they are unable to drive to their Light Duty spot. The Mayor has stated that we can live wherever we like, unlike years ago when a Los Angeles City firefighter had residency requirements and had to live within the City boundaries. However, how we get to our work place is up to us. If your right arm is in a sling and all you have is a stick shift, and you can’t get a ride, you need be responsible to either find another way into work or use our own compensated time off: TS, VC, etc. Look at it another way – a member lives in Idaho, and all the airports are closed due to snow, making it impossible for the member to get into work the next shift. What kind of time do they use to be off? They have to use their own time to take care of those shifts. So, call us. If you have problems or questions, we can usually


help.


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