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Injuries and Federal Benefits

Federal workers who suffer an on-the-job injury that prevents them from working are usually entitled to compensation benefits. The specific types and amounts of compensation depend on the line of work the employee did, how the injury occurred, and how severe the injury was. In limited cases, federal benefits are also available for nonfederal employees.

In every case, workers who qualify for benefits must apply for them, and prove their eligibility. Mistakes in the often-confusing application process can led to a claim being denied, causing you and your family needless delays and frustration. The process to appeal a denial of benefits is also complex and confusing.

This page provides an overview of the benefit programs for injured federal (and nonfederal) employees. You’ll also find links to the types of claims that Harris Federal Law Firm, can help you with.

Our team has helped thousands of federal employees nationwide. We can explain your options and help you get the benefits you’ve earned.

Help from Harris Federal Law Firm, For Your Injury

Harris Federal Law Firm, helps workers who have suffered injuries and illnesses, both work related and non work related. Here are some examples of the types of federal employee injuries or illnesses:

  • Neck Injuries: Neck injuries such as a cervical herniated disc can lead to lingering pain and disability that may require expensive surgery.
  • Back Injuries: An injury to the spine, vertebrae, discs, or back muscles often leaves a worker unable to perform even the simplest of physical tasks.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and Epicondylitis: These repetitive use injuries make dexterity tasks painful and severely limit productivity.
  • Shoulder Injuries: The shoulder is a complex joint susceptible to multiple injuries, any of which can put a worker out of commission for considerable time.
  • Brain and Head Injuries: While brain and head injuries are difficult to diagnose and may be dismissed as fraud, they often cause long-lasting physical and psychological disabilities.
  • Lower Extremity Injuries: Knee, ankle, foot, and leg injuries may make it difficult to get around, while the loss of a limb is a severe and permanent disability.
  • Repetitive Motion Injuries: Repeating the same motions for days, months, and years on end can result in injuries such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel, chronic back pain, and herniated discs.
  • Preexisting Injuries: Your injury need not be a new one in order to qualify for federal benefits. You may also qualify if an old injury is aggravated by work duties.
  • Nerve Injuries: Job duties can lead to nervous order conditions such as myelopathy and neuropathy. Nerve injuries are sometimes difficult to diagnose.
  • Psychological Injuries: Injuries to the mind—such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)—are every bit as debilitating as injuries to the body.

Claims Handled By Harris Federal Law Firm

Your injury or illness might entitle you to compensation through one of the following programs:

  • Federal Workers Compensation (OWCP): Federal workers injured in the course of their job can receive compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and other losses.
  • Federal Disability Retirement: An injury or illness that prevents you from returning to your job may qualify you for federal disability. These benefits, which federal employees are allowed to collect even after they secure non-federal work, are widely misunderstood.
  • Social Security Disability: Federal and nonfederal employees who suffer from a disability that prevents them from working for a year or more can apply for social security disability benefits.
  • VA Disability: U.S. Armed Forces members who are injured while serving our country can receive monthly monetary benefits and other benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Third Party Liability: For injuries that are caused by somebody who is not a co-worker, compensation may be available through that third party’s insurer.

Harris Federal Law Firm – Obtaining the Benefits You’ve Earned

Understanding the federal employee benefits you are eligible to receive can be tricky, especially when multiple benefit types are available and they offset each other. Properly documenting your claim and submitting it on time can also be difficult for those who have never applied for federal benefits before. Denied claims can be successfully appealed, but this subjects you to more paperwork, red tape, and deadlines.

Harris Federal Law Firm, was founded more than a decade ago on the belief that federal workers should have somewhere to turn to for help when they’re injured. Since then we’ve helped thousands of workers receive the benefits they’ve earned. For assistance with your claim, contact the team at Harris Federal Law Firm, for a free consultation. We help federal employees nationwide.