If you are injured on the job while working for a federal agency you may be entitled to compensation. In order to be eligible for any federal workers compensation, you must file appropriate paperwork with your agency. Many federal employees get confused by the vast amount of forms that the OWCP may require from them.
If the injury is a traumatic injury, the correct form to file is a CA-1. A CA-1 is a form entitled, Federal Employee’s Notice of Traumatic Injury and Claim for Continuation of Pay/Compensation.
If the injury or illness occurs from repetitive motion, exposure, or does not have a sudden onset, it may be more appropriate to file a CA-2 which is entitled, Notice of Occupational Disease and Claim for Compensation.
The CA-7 form is the form used to claim for compensation. This form is used once a claim has been accepted by the OWCP to claim specific benefits and be can be used to be paid for several different types of compensation.
A CA-17 form is known as the duty status report and is one of many forms that doctors use to describe what sort of limitations federal workers need to be under as a result of your federal injury claim. The CA-20 is an attending physician’s report, which asks your doctor to give an overview of your care as it relates to your work-related injury. The final form discussed, the OWCP 5c is a work capacity evaluation form and this form is used to ask your doctor about specific limitations with regard to your ability to return to work.