Understanding the Basics of Federal Workers' Compensation
Federal workers compensation coverage, stems from the Federal Employee Compensation Act and is a program to provide benefits and injury compensation for federal employees. The Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) became Law and was passed be the United States Congress in 1916.
The Federal Workers Compensation Program is administered Nationwide by the Department of Labor through the Office of Worker Compensation Programs (OWCP).
Requirements that must be met in filing federal workers compensation claim:
- The claim must be filed in a timely fashion set by the FECA.
- The injured or deceased person must be a Federal/Civil Employee.
- The employee actually developed a medical condition in a particular way.
- The employee was performing his duties when the injury at work leading to the claim occurred.
- The medical condition found resulted from the event leading to the claim.
Federal workers are a special class of employees and the laws that govern them are different then workers compensation state law. When a federal employee gets hurt on the job, they are protected by the Federal Employees Compensation Act.
The Federal Employees Compensation act covers non-military, federal employees, specifically all civilian employees of the United States, except those paid from non-appropriated funds. The provisions of the act are somewhat typical of State Workers Comp Laws.
Monetary awards are provided for workers compensation disability or death that occurred in the performance of work related duties but not caused willfully by the employee or by intoxication. There are also workers compensation codes that cover medical expenses related to the disability. An Employee may also undergo some job retraining required by the law. Other provisions provide for the survivors of the deceased worker. The advice of experienced Federal Workers Comp lawyer can help protect your rights. Call our Firm today and speak to an experienced attorney for free. Call 800-862-1260.