Federal Workers’ Compensation – What is It & How Do I Get It?

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Federal Workers’ Compensation – What is It & How Do I Get It?

Federal Workers’ Compensation – What is It & How Do I Get It?

Federal Workers’ compensation is more or less self-explanatory: if you are a federal worker, and you injure yourself on the job, you may be entitled to receiving some sort of compensation for your troubles. The people who are generally eligible for workers’ compensation are people who have been injured on the job, have a job-related disease, or are a survivor of someone who died on the job. The compensation is meant to help you or your survivor by covering costs of lost wages, medical expenses, rehabilitation, and more.

But the real question still is left unanswered: How do you get it?

What do I need to prove in order to obtain federal workers’ compensation?

First, you need to file a claim. The agency that handles your claim is the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP). Once you file a claim with them, a claims examiner will look over your claim and will hopefully approve it.

In order to get your claim approved you or a family member must have provided timely notice of your injury or death. This means doing it within 30 days of the incident. This is usually done by your employer by sending a written notice to OWCP. The statute of limitations on this claim is set at three years; if you or your survivor fail to file the claim within this amount of time, then they may not be eligible.

Your injury must have occurred while employed by the federal government. There must also be proof that you were, in fact, injured. The injury must have been due to your job performance and have been caused in some way by your job duties.

If you meet all these requirements, then you are eligible for workers’ compensation.