There has been an exciting new development in the way we handle federal workers compensation cases. A new service offered by the Department of Labor is electronic document submission webpage, known as ECOMP. ECOMP makes the submission of documents in an existing OWCP claim much faster and more efficient. ECOMP also has the capability to allow injured workers to file new claims using the “file a form” option on the homepage.
Traditionally, every time an injured federal worker needed to submit a document to the claims examiner in a particular case, they would have to send those documents by regular mail. This means that those documents had to be printed, put into an envelope, and mailed out to the OWCP’s central mail processing facility in London Kentucky. There, the paper document would be scanned into their computer system and forwarded to the proper claims examiner. The original paper document would then be destroyed.
This process took time, often it would be days or even weeks before a particular document would make it from the injured federal worker to the proper OWCP case file. Now, documents can be uploaded instantly through ECOMP.
To submit a document, go to https://www.ecomp.dol.gov/#/ and select “upload document.” You will then be prompted to enter your OWCP nine digit claim number, your last name, date of birth, and date of incident. Once this information has been submitted, simply hit the “access case” button, and then follow the instructions to upload your file.
We recommend that you upload all your files in Adobe Acrobat or .pdf format. An injured federal worker or the representative can use the service to upload written requests, medical records, and other documents. However, the service should not be used for submitting medical bills. Documents should be less than 5 MB in size. Once the document has been submitted, a confirmation number will be generated beginning with the letters “DCN.” It is good practice to record these confirmation numbers in case for some reason the file fails upload properly.
ECOMP is a great first step in making the claims handling process with OWCP faster and more efficient. We here at Harris Federal Law Firm, are looking forward to taking advantage of this new service to provide our clients with the best representation possible.