The Federal Employees' Compensation Act grants workers compensation for federal employees, not including military personnel. Many of the details presented in this Act are characteristic of most workers' compensation laws. The awards are restricted to those federal workers who are disabled or killed on the job so long as the disability or death was not intentionally caused by the employee or occurred as a result of intoxication.
The Federal Employees' Compensation Act covers medical costs stemming from the disability and often requires the disabled employee to participate in job retraining. A disabled federal employee should be paid at least two-thirds of his usual monthly salary during the disability and should receive more if he sustained permanent injuries. In addition, if the disabled federal employee has dependents, he should be compensated accordingly. This Act is managed by the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP).
Filing OWCP Claims
Filing an OWCP claim involves navigating a number of complicated rules, procedures and deadlines. Failure to follow the rules or meet the required deadlines could result in a delay or complete rejection of benefits. At the offices of James R. Linehan, we will be your guide throughout this cumbersome process. We treat each claim with the utmost care, paying close attention to every detail and nuance without sacrificing your precious time. Many of our clients need their benefits as soon as possible.
Federal Workers' Compensation claims are filed for those federal, non-military workers who are injured on the job. These claims apply to those federal civilian employees who have sustained traumatic injuries, occupational diseases, and/or mental stress injuries during their employment with the United States government. If any of this applies to you, give our office a call.
Federal Workers Compensation Attorney
The Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) covers federal civilian workers who are injured while on the job or have sustained some sort of work-related illness. FECA distributes workers' compensation benefits to around three million federal workers all over the world. The benefits provided by FECA include medical payments, wage compensation, rehabilitation and re-training services. FECA has 12 district offices located around the country.
During the 2003 fiscal year, over 168,000 new federal workers' compensation cases were generated. FECA dished out over $2.3 billion in benefits in 2003 to around 284,000 non-military federal workers. Breaking down the disbursement of these benefits, over $1.6 billion went to wage loss compensation, over $600 million went to rehabilitation and medical treatments, and around $130 million went to surviving dependents to cover death benefits.
The Offices of James R. Linehan
Here at the Offices of James R. Linehan, we have helped countless men and women obtain their rightful federal workers' compensation benefits. The laws, procedures and regulations surrounding federal workers' compensation are incredibly confusing. Failure to meet specific deadlines or follow detailed procedures can result in massive delays and denied benefits. You need the guidance of a seasoned federal workers' compensation attorney.
At the offices of James R. Linehan, we tackle every case with one eye on details and one eye on the clock. We know how badly you need your benefits, so we work efficiently and passionately to help you get what's rightfully owed to you by the United States government.
Federal Workers Compensation Lawyer
Federal workers' compensation lawyer James R. Linehan will be your own personal navigator, helping you traverse the confusing roads that make up state and federal disability benefits. We strive to make the process as simple and fast as possible so you can begin collecting your disability benefits right away. Like most people in this country, you have financial obligations and we work hard to get your benefits in a timely fashion.
The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) which governs federal workers' compensation is essentially an entity unto itself. James R. Linehan addressed this issue before the United States Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology. During his testimony, James Linehan addressed the inadequacies and the lack of accountability demonstrated by the OWCP.
We Have Credibility and Tenacity
We are constantly working to protect your rights. James R. Linehan has worked with the federal government to help make the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs a more responsive component of the Department of Labor. Simply put: our clients get a seasoned, well-respected, tenured, visible attorney with clout. Your case is about you and that's how we treat it. Our fees are contingent upon us winning your claim.
You want a lawyer who is admitted to practice before the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, the U. S. Court of Veterans Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, in addition to the Oklahoma State Courts including the Federal Courts for the Eastern, Western, and Northern Districts of Oklahoma. We have experience on our side. Working with us means working with one of the finest federal workers' compensation lawyers in the country.
"OWCP" stands for "Office Workers' Compensation Programs." The OWCP stems back to an organization established in 1916 for people to administer claims under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act. The OWCP covers four large disability compensation programs that offer wage replacement benefits, vocational rehabilitation, medical treatment, and other benefits to specific workers or their dependents who have experienced work-related injuries or occupational diseases.
The four major programs that fall under the OWCP are the Energy Employees' Occupational Illness Compensation program, the Federal Employees' Compensation Program, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Program, and the Black Lung Benefits Program. In most cases, OWCP claims are incredibly complicated, confusing, and time-consuming. The process associated with OWCP claims is very specific and failure to adhere to this detailed process can result in a rejection of benefits.
Cutting Through the Red Tape
Federal civilian employees who are injured on the job are entitled to specific benefits according to the laws of the United States of America. Unfortunately, the United States government has not made it easy for federal employees who have sustained an injury, occupational disease, or mental trauma to receive their rightful benefits. This is similar to the way in which the United States tax codes have made it very difficult for average people to do their own taxes.
OWCP attorney James R. Linehan recently testified at a hearing on "Oversight of Customer Service at the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs." Here at the office of James R. Linehan, we continually fight for our clients and the rights of people working for this country. At this hearing, Mr. Linehan addressed the lack of accountability at the OWCP and provided some of his own recommendations. We are constantly looking for ways to better serve our clients' needs even if that means testifying before Congress.
OWCP lawyer James R. Linehan has been fighting for years to overhaul the OWCP. According to his testimony given to the United States Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology on the "Oversight of Customer Service at the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs," the OWCP is a federal institution with little accountability that answers to no one. As history consistently proves, a person or institution with no accountability is abuse waiting to happen.
Given the virtually autonomous existence of the OWCP, it's crucial for a person wishing to make an OWCP claim to solicit the help of an excellent attorney. Here at the offices of James R. Linehan, we are consistently trying to overhaul the OWCP and transform it into a responsive, efficient, accountable institution that acts in the best interest of the people it's designed to serve. While the inefficiencies still exist, we continue to help countless people obtain their rightful benefits.
A Baffling Process
One would think that making an OWCP claim would be a relatively simple process. Many people make the assumption that the United States government wants to make it as easy as possible for federal workers injured on the job to collect benefits. Government institutions like the OWCP have a right to protect themselves from fraudulent claims. People make them every day.
However, preventing these few rotten eggs from getting benefits they don't deserve should not supercede the rights of those who desperately need their disability claims. We understand how complicated this process can be and we also understand your urgent need to collect what's rightfully owed to you by the OWCP.