Federal Workers’ Compensation Lawyers for Postal Employees
Meet With Our Federal Workers’ Compensation Attorney for Guidance
At Aumiller Lomax, our federal workers’ compensation attorneys carry with them a great deal of experience handling the kinds of challenges facing injured postal employees. Many aren’t adequately compensated and have to go back to work before they have fully recovered, leading to further injuries costing them more time out of work and in the hospital. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is an independent government authorized agency. They are also one of the largest single civilian employers in the U.S. Unfortunately, given the rigorous nature of the physical requirements associated with employment at the USPS there are ample opportunities for injury, such as lifting injuries, repetitive use injuries, falls and, yes, even the occasional dog bite, to name a few.
Common Injuries Sustained as a U.S. Federal Postal Worker
The USPS workforce consists of some of the hardest working and most prone to injury employees the federal government hires. They have to walk and drive all day, six days a week, all year long, although, they do observe federal holidays. Within a year, the USPS walks about 1.4 billion miles combined and delivers over 146.4 billion pieces of mail. Some of these are large boxes which can take its toll after carrying them day in and day out across a multitude of terrains. From the biggest suburban cities to the smallest rural hamlets, you count on your mail to get to your home and for it to be on time. This kind of pressure also leads to many potentially serious injuries. There are different situations and injuries that occur, which include:
- Dog Bites: It may be funny to think about the stereotypical dog chasing a postal worker scenario, but this is a real problem for the almost half a million federally employed workers across the U.S. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated over 20 percent of these attacks in 2018 required severe medical attention and reconstructive surgery. Aumiller Lomax wants to get you the compensation you deserve during your recovery.
- Muscle Strains: Postal workers also use a lot of the same muscles over and over again and can strain them when mailbags or packages become too heavy for them to carry. Shoulder and knee injuries are the most common bodily strains postal workers suffer, but rotator cuff and carpal tunnel are also severe injuries.
- Slips & Falls: Especially in the Midwest and North regions of the U.S., ice and snow are real problems affecting the abilities of your local postal workers. These types of precipitation can cause all sorts of slip and fall accidents. Make sure you have the right federal workers’ compensation attorney in your corner when trying to get covered after a slip-and-fall on the job.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: Whether inside your mail truck or while delivering mail on foot, automotive accidents happen. You can be personally stuck by a vehicle while walking from house to house or while delivering to many companies in an industrial park. Many postal workers use the park-and-loop method while in smaller neighborhoods, whether they need to stretch out and move around or because the mailboxes are farther away than the curb.
Injured Postal Service Worker Benefits from FECA
Postal employees get covered by a law called the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) and can benefit from various types of benefits. If you are experiencing issues receiving the compensation you deserve from injuries sustained while on the clock, call Aumiller Lomax right away. We make sure you receive the proper benefits and make sure your local employer is appropriately upholding your rights. We have helped hundreds across the U.S. get the necessary compensation. The FECA statute is administered by the United States Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP). Benefits you may be able to receive as an injured postal employee include:
- Wage compensation for time lost due to a work-related injury. When you’re injured, your regular bills and rent don’t stop charging you. Make sure you can cover those while you heal from work-related trauma.
- Medical treatment expenses related to your work injury should not be yours to face alone. You deserve help from your employer to pay for those injuries; otherwise, they can stack up while you try to get caught up and can damage your credit score.
- Vocational rehabilitation sometimes available at the discretion of the OWCP. This program can help you get back to work. Most work-related injuries aren’t as simple as covering them up with a Band-Aid. Constant work post-injury helps make sure you don’t encounter problems down the road. Aumiller Lomax will make sure the OWCP is using this process appropriately.
- In some, but not all cases, permanent injury awards called schedule awards. When you have permanently injured a portion of your body, you can receive these fixed payments as compensation.
Call Aumiller Lomax Today Federal Compensation is Required
If you have been injured on the job, we can help you to receive the compensation and benefits to which you are entitled. We support all federal employees throughout the United States, so don’t be afraid to reach out today. Since there are a limited amount of federal compensation lawyers across the country, we take clients from anywhere although our office is located in Cherry Hill, NJ. Call us now at (856) 751-0440 to receive help from our skilled federal workers’ compensation attorneys.