Federal employees that suffer work-related injuries should see a DOL doctor as soon as possible after the injury has occurred. You want to make sure that you get any benefits that you deserve, so having your injury documented and getting the process started quickly is paramount. Being a federal employee, workplace injuries take on a different meaning because you have to go through certain processes and protocols that non-government employees don’t have to consider.
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Federal Employees Injured on the Job
Several different programs and government acts apply to situations where federal employees have been injured on the job.
Some of the most important ones for you to know include:
FECA – This U.S. Federal law stands for the Federal Employees Compensation Act. FECA was enacted in 1916 on September 7th, and it established compensation for federal civil service employees who had lost wages after being injured.
The basics of this Act state that any federal employee that is injured on the job is eligible for benefits no matter what type of work is being done or how long they’ve been on the job.
OWCP – The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs administers four major disability compensation programs to workers or their direct dependents if a work-related injury or the worker suffers from an occupational disease.
The benefits included as part of OWCP consist of the replacement of wages, medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation, and more.
DOL – The Department of Labor is one of the executive branches of the U.S. federal government and is responsible for overseeing and administering federal laws that govern occupational issues.
The four compensation programs that are part of OWCP include:
- The Federal Employees’ Compensation Program
- The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program
- The Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation Program
- The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Program
Getting the Benefits You Deserve
If you are a federal employee that has been injured and you fall under the OWCP umbrella, we can help you with the claims process, so your claims will be approved and accepted as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Federal employees have certain rights under OWCP, with some of the most significant being:
- The ability to choose your own physician
- Receiving any transportation you need for medical care
- Compensation for temporary total disability
- Having access to any medical services, supplies, or appliances that you need
- Settlements with third parties
- Cost of living increases
There is a wide range of different occupations that are considered federal employees, including:
- Other which include detectives, correctional officers, and firefighters
If you’ve been injured on the job and are a federal employee in Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Plantation, Sunrise, or anywhere in Broward County, call us today at (954) 578-4443 to schedule a free consultation.