In simple terms, injured federal workers should file a CA-1 if they suffered a traumatic injury and a CA-2 if the federal employee suffers from an occupation disease or illness. But how does an federal worker know if his/her injury is a traumatic one? Many DOL Doctors and case managers use the following questions to help a federal worker determine if they've suffered a traumatic injury and are, therefore, eligible to request Continuation of Pay (COP):
- What happened to cause the injury?
- Where did the injury occur?
- When did the injury take place?
- Why was the federal employee injured?
- How was the federal worker injured?
"(A traumatic injury is) a wound or other condition of the body caused by an external force, including stress or strains."
In short, if the circumstances surrounding the federal injury are readily clear by answering these questions, then the injured worker should file the CA-1 file and select the Continuation of Pay (COP) option. The injured worker should then proceed by filing a CA-16 form in order to receive Authorization for Medical Treatment.