Montemaggi Law - Workers Compensation Attorneys

Federal Workers' Compensation Q&A

If you are a federal worker, including a U.S. Postal Service employee, who has been hurt on the job, or contracted a work-related condition or disease, Montemaggi Law can help you with your claim. If you have questions about your rights in regards to Federal Workers’ Compensation work injuries or diseases, you should contact Montemaggi Law.

What law applies to Federal Workers injured on the job?

Who is covered by the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act?

Who administers Federal Workers’ Compensation Claims?

Who makes final decisions on Federal Workers’ Compensation claims?

What is a traumatic injury?

What is an Occupational disease?

If I have a traumatic or accidental injury within my employment, is there any form I need to file right away?

If I have contracted or developed an occupational disease, is there any form which I need to file immediately?

How much time do I have to file a claim?

What form do I use to file a claim for money benefits?

How do I get authorization to see a doctor at government expense?

Am I able to choose which doctor I can see for the injury or disease?

If my Federal Workers’ Compensation claim is denied by the Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP), what rights do I have to contest or dispute the denial?

If I have a permanent impairment resulting from my injury, I am entitled to any monetary award?

What law applies to Federal Workers injured on the job?

The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) applies to injuries sustained by federal (United States) civilian employees and certain other individuals.

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Who is covered by the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act?

Generally anyone who works for the U. S. Government in a civilian capacity including part-time or temporary employees.

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Who administers Federal Workers’ Compensation Claims?

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) makes decisions on injured workers’ claims and is a section of the U. S. Department of Labor.

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Who makes final decisions on Federal Workers’ Compensation claims?

The Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB) is a three-member appeals board in Washington, DC, which hears appeals and makes final rulings on specific workers’ claims.

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What is a traumatic injury?

A traumatic injury is an injury which happens over a period of time no greater than one work day or one work shift.

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What is an Occupational disease?

An occupational disease is an injury or disease which happens or occurs over a period of time greater than one work day or one work shift.

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If I have a traumatic or accidental injury within my employment, is there any form I need to file right away?

You must file a CA-1 form with your supervisor with the box for “continuation of pay” checked. If this form is not filled out, signed and given to your supervisor within 30 days of your accidental or traumatic injury you will lose your right of having your regular pay continued while you are out of work rather than receiving sick leave, annual leave or losing your pay. The CA-1 form is available from the Employer or online.

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If I have contracted or developed an occupational disease, is there any form which I need to file immediately?

No, but you should file a form CA-2 as soon as you can to give your employer notice of the claim along with medical documentation and a statement from you about how you got the disease as described within the instructions on the multipart CA-2 Form. The CA-2 form is available from the Employer or online.

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How much time do I have to file a claim?

For traumatic injuries, an injured Federal Employee has 3 years from the date of the injury to file a CA-7 claim form. For occupational diseases, you have 3 years from the last date of exposure to the harmful condition causing an occupational disease, or 3 years from the date you first knew that your condition was work related, whichever is later, to file a CA-2 claim form. These forms are available from your employer or online.

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What form do I use to file a claim for money benefits?

For both traumatic injuries and occupational diseases, use form CA-7. The CA-7 is available from the Employer or over the internet at The CA-1 form is available from the Employer or online.

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How do I get authorization to see a doctor at government expense?

You must inform your supervisor that you need medical treatment. Your supervisor should immediately issue form CA-16 for you to give to your physician.

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Am I able to choose which doctor I can see for the injury or disease?

You can. However, an injured federal worker has only a single choice as to a treating medical doctor or physician. As such, it is best that you choose a medical doctor whose specialty is in the area or type of medicine that your condition or injury requires treatment.

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If my Federal Workers’ Compensation claim is denied by the Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP), what rights do I have to contest or dispute the denial?

You may request an administrative hearing, reconsideration or an appeal to the Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB).

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If I have a permanent impairment resulting from my injury, I am entitled to any monetary award?

If you are a federal worker and your injury has resulted in a permanent impairment, you may have a claim under the Federal Workers Compensation Act for a money award. While not all permanent impairments such as to the back, neck, heart or brain qualify for a “schedule loss of use award”, injuries to an extremity such as to the arm, hand, fingers, leg, foot or for loss of hearing may entitle an injured federal worker to a monetary payment, when the work-related injury or disease permanently affects the ability to use that body part. Such an award is different from, and can be in addition to, any benefits payable for lost wages. Eligible federal workers can sometimes elect to have it paid over a period of time or in a present value lump sum payment. As to any application for a schedule award, an important part of such a claim is obtaining a proper opinion from your doctor. Montemaggi Law can help you in your application for a schedule loss of use award and in obtaining a strong opinion from your doctor.

You should call Montemaggi Law for legal representation as to your Federal Workers’ Compensation claim so as to protect your legal rights.

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