How Federal Workers Comp Works
If you’ve been injured on the job, it’s important you understand how federal workers comp works. All civil employees and officers of the federal government are covered under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), which provides medical expenses and a portion (or all) of lost wages due to a work-related injury or disease. Claims have to be submitted according to strict standards and within set timeframes to be accepted, and the requirements can be quite tough to meet for those unfamiliar with the process.
When you turn to Federal Injury Centers for your medical care following a work-related injury or disease, our caring staff will also help you through the claims process from start to finish. No up-front money, no charge, no fees. Actual help when you need it most.
The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act was enacted in 1916 to ensure federal workers were protected against injuries or illnesses caused by their employment. The federal workers comp programs are overseen by the Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP) under the Department of Labor (DOL).
Getting a claim approved can be tough, as there are rules to follow, tight timelines to adhere to, many forms to be filed, and medical proof required that connects the disease or injury to the patient’s work. In fact, it can be so tricky and complex to file an OWCP claim correctly on your own that claim approval rates are just 3%! Contesting a denied claim might even be said to be even trickier than filing one correctly in the first place.
The good news is that you don’t have to go through it alone. We have an entire team in place to help you; our medical practitioners are focused solely on helping federal workers recover from injury and disease, and our administrative staff specializes in helping you through the filing process every step of the way. Working with injured feds is all we do at our clinics, so we know the procedures inside and out. We are proud to say our acceptance rate is close to 100%, which is why our slogan is “no more denied OWCP claims!”
Our OWCP consultants have helped federal workers all around the nation get the benefits that were owed to them. Have you had a claim denied? We can work with you to resubmit it and fight for your benefits. A lot of times, denied claims come from a lack of sufficient medical reports. Our DOL doctors are specially trained in providing the burden of proof that OWCP is looking for when reviewing claims.
We work with federal workers of all agencies, including:
- US Postal Service (USPS)
- Veterans Affairs (VA)
- Department of Defense (DOD)
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
- Homeland Security (DHS)
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Immigrations and Customs (ICE)
- Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
- Federal Bureau of Prisons(BOP)
- And more
Get the Benefits You Deserve
You are owed benefits if you’ve been hurt on the job. FECA and the OWCP should cover your medical care, medications, any needed devices, and even transportation to and from clinical visits. You have the right to choose your own doctor and see someone of your choosing, not who was suggested to you by your employer. If you end up needing to change career paths; as a result, OWCP also provides vocational rehabilitation and training under FECA.
There is a lot on your plate with trying to recover and get back to work, and a bundle of paperwork might not be your top priority right now. But time is of the essence - if you miss your chance to file, you may be stuck paying for things out of pocket and not get the benefits you deserve. Let our team of OWCP-authorized professionals help you. You’ll get to take advantage of our free claims assistance service when you choose Federal Injury Centers as your partner in recovery.
If you would like more information on how federal workers comp works, call us today at (888) 878-OWCP to speak to an OWCP expert.