Federal employees have a robust compensation package available to them if they are injured on the job. Compensation does not simply consist of financial compensation, but also includes programs to aid injured federal workers in returning to work.

According to dol.gov, “The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) gives injured workers the right to reclaim their Federal jobs within one year of the onset of wage loss” and the DOL does a bit to help federal workers in this pursuit.

That assistance can be seen in three available services:

  • The DOL is able to assign a registered nurse if the injured employee is unable to return to work soon after the injury. Assigned nurses help to ensure that proper medical care is provided and assists the worker in returning to employment.
  • The DOL can provide injured employees with a referral to a medical specialist who can provide a second opinion examination where it may be necessary. It is important to note that in Indiana, workers can choose their preferred treating doctor.
  • The DOL can provide injured federal workers with a referral for vocational rehabilitation services if it is found that they are unable to return to work at their employing agency or in his or her previous job category.

If you have been injured on the job as a federal worker, take advantage of the available services and increase your chances of returning to work more quickly.