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What Federal Employees Should Know About Workers’ Compensation Benefits

By Kenton Koszdin on August 21, 2018 | In Workers Compensation

What Federal Employees Should Know About Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Injured on the job? Time is of the essence! Failing to meet the 30-day deadline for filing a workers’ compensation claim could result in unreimbursed medical costs and lost wages, which otherwise would have been paid by the California workers’ compensation system. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office helps injured workers stay on their feet physically and financially. If you have a workers’ compensation claim, please do not hesitate to talk to Kenton Koszdin today.

Most public employees working for a governmental entity is likely subject to a body of workers’ compensation law distinct from California state regulations that govern most workers of the private sector. Federal employees are governed by federal law, state or local employees are subject to either the same state regulations as private workers or special state statutes. Some occupations such as seamen and railroad workers have distinct and separate laws that regulate their rights to workers’ compensation benefits.

There are several different programs that affect federal employees and workers’ compensation benefits. The Federal Employee’s Compensation Act (FECA) provides benefits in the event that a federal employee is disabled or killed as a result of an injury or disease “sustained while in the performance of duty.” FECA is available to all federal employees and does not require service for some specified length of time on the job or the type of position held by a worker.

FECA provides benefits that include compensation for medical expenses and lost earnings. Partially disabled employees may also take advantage of vocational rehabilitation services provided by this legislation. The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) manages all federal benefits and pays them out of the Employees’ Compensation Fund.

Special types of employees may bring claims for federal workers’ compensation benefits pursuant to provisions of several applicable federal laws. For example:

  • The Jones Act applies to seamen;
  • The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act applies to longshoremen and those who are engaged in maritime activities on navigable waters;
  • The Federal Employer’s Liability Act applies to employees such as railroad workers who are engaged in interstate transportation.
  • The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, and the Defense Base Act apply to employees working on defense bases or public works projects outside the U.S.; and

If you have any questions or concerns about any kind of workers’ compensation matter, call the Kenton Koszdin Law Office today! We’re here to help if you’ve suffered a work-related injury or illness. Many injured workers are concerned that their employer may not react positively to them filing a workers’ compensation claim. Remember, California law empowers employees who sustain an injury on the job with the right to file a worker’s compensation claim. We help the residents of greater Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley obtain workers’ compensation benefits! We offer free office and in-home consultations at your complete convenience. Call 800-438-7734 or visit us online. Se habla espańol!

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