Like states, the U.S. government provides benefits to civilian federal workers who become injured or ill because of their job duties. Workers’ dependents may also be eligible to receive benefits if a work-related injury or disease causes a loved one’s death.
The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) administers four major disability compensation programs for federal workers.
The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) provides coverage to three million federal and postal workers around the world for employment-related injuries and occupational diseases.
The FECA program covers all civilians employed by the federal government, including employees in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.
Temporary employees are covered on the same basis as permanent employees. Contract employees, volunteers and loaned employees are covered under some circumstances.
FECA does not cover non-appropriated fund employees.
There is no list of covered or non-covered medical conditions under FECA. However, federal workers’ comp benefits will be denied if the worker’s injury or illness was caused by the employee’s:
FECA provides benefits to federal employees who are injured or become ill in the course of their employment and to the survivors of employees killed on the job.
Federal workers’ compensation program benefits include:
If the employee cannot return to regular work, he or she may be eligible for loss-of-earning capacity benefits. The amount is the difference between the worker’s pre-impairment wages and the amount he or she can earn after the injury.
The OWCP processes and adjudicates federal workers’ compensation claims.
To receive federal workers’ compensation benefits, a worker must gather records and complete numerous forms with written correspondence. Any discrepancies or omissions can result in a claim being delayed or rejected.
At Harris Federal, we can help you to avoid costly mistakes. Harris Federal can work with you to ensure that your federal workers’ compensation claim is complete, accurate and filed on time. If your claim was denied, we can work with you to resolve problems with your case file and represent you on appeal.
Another factor to be aware of is how FECA benefits may be affected by CSRS and FERS disability retirement benefits.
A FECA settlement also affects the total amount of monthly Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits a worker and his or her spouse and dependents may receive.
As part of our services, Harris Federal can assist and advise you about what is financially appropriate for you regarding all your federal benefits.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act, U.S. Department of Labor
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