When an injury happens on the job, sometimes it’s hard to know what to do next. A lot of people are concerned that taking time off will jeopardize their standing with the company or lead to lost wages that are vital to the support of their family.
It is important to understand your compensation rights as provided under the OWCP compensation plan. As an employer, the US government provides benefits to federal workers who are hurt on the job and to the families of those employees who may suffer death on the job. For those who are injured, this includes costs related to treatment, therapy, medications, necessary medical devices, transportation costs etc. These costs may include vocational rehab training as well. Additionally, coverage is available for temporary total disability, permanent disability and even death.
If you are injured at work, you will need to file a OWCP claim in order to get a review of your file. In the case of an injury, you should notify your employer within 30 days and make sure that your federal workers compensation case gets a review with the OWCP. Additionally, an injury sustained on the job needs to be diagnosed by a doctor. Make sure to use a doctor (one of your choice, not the employer’s) that is familiar with the process of handling federal workers’ injury claims to ensure that the proper documentation is provided.
Being hurt on the job can be scary, but taking the time to make sure you go through the proper procedures so that you get the compensation that you need can alleviate much of that anxiety and get you the compensation that you deserve.