What is OWCP and Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
A federal worker is distinctly different from any other worker for various reasons. And that includes workers compensation for injuries and/or illnesses when performing their job duties. In these cases, these claims by federal workers are actually governed by FECA (Federal Employees Compensation Act), and they are administered by OWCP (Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs) under the United States Department of Labor.
The OWCP administers four types of benefits that are currently available for any federal worker who needs it. These compensation programs include the following:
- Wage Replacement benefits.
- Medical Treatment.
- Vocational rehabilitation.
- Other benefits for certain workers and their dependents that experience work-related injuries or occupational diseases.
On the other hand, some specific employee groups are also covered and can avail financial mitigation due to workplace injuries. They are the following:
- Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation program.
- Federal Employees’ Compensation Program.
- Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Program.
- Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation Program.
For those who would like to avail a federal worker compensation from OWCP, they need to satisfy the following:
- Provide notice of the injury or illness on time. Formal notice must be provided within 30 days of the knowledge of the occurrence of injury or illness.
- Provide proof that the injury or illness occurred while being employed by the federal government.
- Provide proof of injury or illness.
- Provide proof of occurrence of injury or illness while performing duties as a federal worker.
- Provide proof of occurrence of injury or illness that is caused through performing the duties as a federal worker.
In such cases where the complexity of claiming federal worker compensation from OWCP is imminent, there are a number of cases that are disapproved despite the authenticity and validity of the claim. Disapproved cases are mainly due to technicalities wherein the important factors for a claim to be valid are not met.
This is the main reason why federal compensation lawyers play key roles in availing a federal compensation claim from OWCP. Instances such as an injury or illness prevent someone to file a claim personally; a federal compensation lawyer could help bring the claim up and running while the claimant is recovering from his/her injury or illness. Basically, a federal compensation lawyer is needed in order to ensure that all the factors needed will be met and the claim will be valid.
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