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Must I accept a return to work job offer?

By Stephen Barszcz |

If the job offer from your employer follows all the standards required by law, yes, you must return. Very simply, if the job offer is for a job that you can perform that is within your restrictions and those provided by your physician then, yes, you should return. If the job offer is not… Read More »

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My Federal Workers’ Compensation claim is denied. What do I do?

By Stephen Barszcz |

You can appeal any denial. There are three types of appeals that you can pursue. One would be a hearing. The second choice would be a written request for reconsideration, and the third choice is an appeal to the Employee Compensation and Appeals Board in Washington, which is also a written appeal, but that’s… Read More »

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Should I have an attorney appeal my Federal Workers’ Compensation denial?

By Stephen Barszcz |

In most instances your claim was denied because the Department of Labor, and the OWCP did not have all the information necessary, or perhaps your claim actually shouldn’t be approved. Chances are you would need an attorney who understands the statutes, the case law, and the factual circumstances of your particular claim to successfully… Read More »

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What benefits are offered by Federal Workers’ Compensation?

By Stephen Barszcz |

If a federal employee is injured on the job and if their claim is accepted, they’re usually entitled to loss of wages, which is called wage loss benefits, and medical care paid by the OWCP, which is the people for the government who handle the claim. You may also be eligible for vocational training… Read More »

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What injuries and illnesses are covered by Federal Workers’ Compensation?

By Stephen Barszcz |

Any injury on the job, experienced from a federal employee, will be covered as long as it’s caused by the job or anything that flows from the job. So if you’re, for instance, a mail carrier and you’re injured on your route, you’d be covered. If you’re an FBI agent and you’re in your… Read More »

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What is a CA-1 form?

By Stephen Barszcz |

The CA-1 form is a notice of injury form that’s filed by the employee who is injured at one time or during the course of one shift. So, if you fall and break an arm, or if you did something over the course of a day that causes injury, you would file a Form… Read More »

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What is a CA-2 form?

By Stephen Barszcz |

A CA-2 Form is a notice of injury form when the employee suffers an injury over the course of more than one shift. It could be over the course of a week, a month or years. But it’s also called an Occupational Disease Form. So if you are injured over a period of time,… Read More »

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What is a CA-2a form?

By Stephen Barszcz |

A CA-2a form is a claim for recurrence. If for instance an employee has an injured back and they go out of work for awhile and they’re returned back to work, and then they have a worsening of that back injury condition, they would claim a recurrence. To do that they would file a… Read More »

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What is a CA-7 form?

By Stephen Barszcz |

A CA-7 form is a request for compensation, so if you’re requesting payment for wage loss, or payment of a schedule award, you must file a form CA-7 with that request for payment.

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What is a schedule award?

By Stephen Barszcz |

A schedule award is a payment for the permanent impairment that the injured worker has sustained. It’s based upon the evaluation performed utilizing a particular book or manual, the sixth edition of the AMA guides. For instance, if you have a knee injury and then the doctor says you’re about as good as you’re… Read More »

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