Federal Workers Compensation: What does FECA have to Offer Injured Federal Employees?

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Federal Workers Compensation: What does FECA have to Offer Injured Federal Employees?

Federal Workers Compensation: What does FECA have to Offer Injured Federal Employees?

If you are a federal worker who has suffered an injury it is important for you to understand all of the benefits that you are entitled to receive. FECA, the Department of Labor Federal Employees’ Compensation Act, covers worker’s compensation claims for federal employees and primarily pays comp benefits to federal civilian workers.

Employees covered by FECA

FECA also pays federal worker’s compensation benefits to the following non-federal employees:

  • Civil Air Patrol volunteers
  • Reserve Officers’ Training Corps members
  • Volunteers of the Peace Corps
  • Job Corps enrollees
  • Service to America volunteers
  • Members of the National Teachers Corps
  • Certain student employees
  • Some law enforcement officers that are not federal workers

Benefits of Federal Government Workers Compensation

Federal employees who receive settlement of worker’s compensation claims may receive a host of benefits under FECA.  Many injured workers recover money from lost wages. This may be awarded in scheduled increments, or in lump sum payments which are typically paid to federal employees who have experienced either a partial or complete loss of body parts due to a work-related illness or injury. Additional awards include medical expense coverage, vocational rehab services and death benefits. If a federal employee dies as a result of a work-related illness or injury, a portion of the burial expenses may be covered.