The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) gives injured federal employees a number of rights, including:
- The right to file a federal workers’ compensation claim.
- The right to receive medical treatment for work-related injuries or illnesses.
- The right to receive wage replacement benefits if you are unable to work due to a work-related injury or illness.
- The right to vocational rehabilitation services if you are unable to return to your previous job.
- The right to have your claim reviewed if you are denied benefits.
FECA also provides certain protections for injured federal employees, including:
- The right to confidentiality.
- The right to be represented by an attorney.
- The right to a hearing if you disagree with a decision about your benefits.
If you are an injured federal employee, you should be aware of your rights under FECA. You should also know that you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you, including the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP).
Here are some additional rights that FECA gives to injured federal employees:
- The right to have your claim processed promptly.
- The right to be informed of the status of your claim.
- The right to appeal a decision about your benefits.
- The right to receive benefits even if you are not at fault for your injury.
If you have any questions about your rights under FECA, you should contact OWCP. You can also contact an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation law.