Federal Workers’ Compensation: Understanding Your Benefits

Federal Workers’ Compensation: Understanding Your Benefits

What is FECA?

The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) is a law that offers workers’ compensation benefits to federal employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. Administered by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) under the Department of Labor (DOL), FECA ensures that injured workers receive medical care, wage replacement, and rehabilitation services.

Who is Covered?

FECA covers all federal civil employees, including those working for:

  • United States Postal Service (USPS)
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Department of Defense (DoD)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • Social Security Administration (SSA)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

Volunteers of certain organizations and members of the AFGE union may also be covered. If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible, consult an OWCP expert.

What Benefits Does FECA Provide?

FECA offers several key benefits to federal employees who are injured or become ill due to their job:

  1. Medical Care: Coverage for all necessary medical treatments related to the work injury or illness.
  2. Wage Replacement: Compensation for lost wages if you’re unable to work due to your injury.
  3. Rehabilitation Services: Assistance in returning to work, including vocational rehabilitation if necessary.
  4. Survivor Benefits: Financial support for dependents if the injury or illness results in death.

Your Right to Choose Your Medical Provider

One of the lesser-known but crucial aspects of FECA is your right to choose your medical provider. An amendment to FECA in the 1970s allows you to select a healthcare provider who understands OWCP laws and has experience helping patients navigate the claims process.

How to File a FECA Claim

Filing a FECA claim can seem daunting, but following these steps can help streamline the process:

  1. Report Your Injury: Notify your supervisor and fill out the appropriate forms (e.g., CA-1 for traumatic injuries or CA-2 for occupational diseases).
  2. Seek Medical Attention: Visit a healthcare provider who is experienced with OWCP claims.
  3. Submit Your Claim: Ensure all forms and medical documentation are submitted to OWCP.
  4. Follow Up: Keep track of your claim status and provide any additional information promptly if requested.

How We Can Help

At Rebound Integrated Health and Sport Clinics, we specialize in assisting federal employees with their workers’ compensation claims. Our team of FIC Trained Federal Work Injury Doctors is well-versed in OWCP procedures, ensuring your claim is handled efficiently and effectively.

We offer a comprehensive range of services to support your recovery, including:

  • Chiropractic Care
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy

Our multidisciplinary approach ensures you receive the best possible care tailored to your unique needs.

Contact Us

If you’ve been injured on the job, don’t navigate the FECA process alone. Contact us at Rebound Integrated Health and Sport Clinics for expert guidance and support. Call us at (301) 798-9188 to speak with an OWCP expert today.

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