Who is Considered a Federal Employee?

Federal Employee in Maryland

Federal Workers’ Compensation Law Firm

As a federal worker, you have certain rights under the law. If you were injured in a work-related incident, you may be eligible for federal workers’ compensation. Aumiller Lomax is a federal workers’ compensation law firm representing federal government employees across the nation, and even stationed overseas. Our attorneys have the knowledge and resources to help you get the benefits you deserve.

What Jobs Are Considered Federal?

Federal jobs are those that are offered by the government, as opposed to jobs in the private sector. They can be found at all levels, from entry-level positions to high-ranking managerial and executive jobs. According to the Partnership for Public Service, more than 2 million civilians are currently employed in federal jobs, not even including postal workers under USPS.

In general, federal jobs fall under three categories: competitive service, senior executive service, and excepted service.

  • The competitive service is the largest of the three and employs the vast majority of federal workers. It includes all jobs that are filled through an open examination process, as well as some positions that are filled through other means, such as a career transition program.
  • The Senior Executive Service (SES) is a corps of top-level executives who work in key positions just below the Cabinet secretaries and deputy secretaries. They are responsible for carrying out the policies and laws of the federal government.
  • The Excepted Service includes all jobs that are not in the competitive or Senior Executive service. It includes positions in intelligence agencies, as well as jobs that require highly specialized skills or knowledge.

Types of Federal Positions

There are many positions that are technically considered federal jobs. They include:

  • Postal workers
  • Accountants
  • Lawyers
  • Administrative workers
  • Politicians
  • Judges
  • Correctional officers
  • Secretaries
  • Data entry clerks
  • Human resources specialists
  • Engineers
  • Registered nurses

Types of Workplace Injuries

There are many different types of workplace injuries that federal workers can experience. Some of the most common include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: This is a condition that affects the hands and wrists and is caused by repetitive motions such as typing. If you work in a government office as a secretary, data entry clerk, or other position that requires you to use a computer for long periods of time, you may be at risk for this condition.
  • Slips, trips, and falls: These accidents can occur in any workplace, but they are especially common in government buildings where there is a lot of foot traffic. If you work in a government office or building, be sure to watch out for spills, slippery floors, and other hazards.
  • Back injuries: Back injuries are also common in the workplace, and they can be caused by lifting heavy objects, sitting in an uncomfortable position for long periods of time, or any other type of repetitive motion. Workers that perform manual labor like correctional officers and janitors are especially at risk for back injuries.
  • Strains and sprains: These injuries are caused by overexertion or sudden movements. They can happen to anyone in the workplace, but they are especially common among workers that perform physical labor.

Mental Health and Diseases

It’s important to note that your injuries do not necessarily have to be physical in order to be eligible for federal workers’ compensation. Mental health conditions and diseases can also be covered under the program. Some of the mental health conditions that may be covered include:

  • Depression: Depression is a common mental health condition that can be caused by work-related stress.
  • Respiratory problems: Respiratory problems can be caused by exposure to hazardous materials or chemicals.
  • Black lung disease: Black lung disease is a condition that affects coal miners and other workers that are exposed to airborne particles.
  • Bursitis: Bursitis affects the joints and is often caused by repetitive motions.
  • Skin disorders: Skin disorders can be caused by exposure to hazardous materials, chemicals, or other irritants.

If you’re not sure whether or not you are covered under the federal workers’ compensation program, it’s important to speak with one of our experienced attorneys. While we do not take on every case, we can help you understand your rights and options under the program.

The Federal Workers’ Compensation Process

The process to file a federal workers’ compensation claim and get it accepted can be extremely complex. There are a number of forms that need to be completed and filed in a timely manner, and there are strict deadlines that must be met. It can be next to impossible to complete all of these steps while dealing with the fallout of your injuries, such as medical appointments and missed time from work.

Aumiller Lomax has extensive experience helping federal workers through the federal workers’ compensation process. We will help you gather the necessary documentation and evidence to support your claim, and we will make sure that all of the deadlines are met. We will also help you navigate the appeals process if your claim is denied. Our team stands behind you every step of the way, ensuring that you get the most favorable outcome possible.

The Benefits of Filing a Federal Workers’ Compensation Claim

There are a number of benefits that you may be eligible for if you file a federal workers’ compensation claim. These benefits can help you cover the costs of your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses related to your injuries.

Some of the benefits that you may be entitled to include:

  • Medical benefits: You may be eligible for benefits to cover the costs of your medical care, including hospitalization, surgeries, and physical therapy.
  • Wage replacement benefits: You may be eligible for benefits to replace a portion of your lost wages if you are unable to work due to your injuries. This could also include future loss of earnings if you are unable to return to work or must take a lower-paying job as a result of your injuries.
  • Dependent benefits: If a loved one was killed as a result of a work-related incident, you may be eligible for dependent benefits. These benefits can help you cover the costs of funeral and burial expenses, as well as lost wages and other expenses.
  • Vocational rehabilitation: You may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation benefits if your injuries prevent you from returning to your previous job. These benefits can help you pay for training or education so you can find a new job. It should be noted that the OWCP decides whether to pursue vocational rehabilitation benefits, not the claimant.

Experienced Federal Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Federal workers’ compensation law firms are few and far between, which can make it difficult for you to find the help you need to move forward. Aumiller Lomax is uniquely positioned to help federal workers no matter where they are located. Our attorneys are familiar with the laws and regulations governing federal workers’ compensation claims and will help represent your case in the best light.

 Free Initial Consultation for Federal Workers

If you have been injured at your federal job, don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact Aumiller Lomax today and schedule your free initial consultation. We will review your case and help you understand your rights and options under the federal workers’ compensation system.