When federal workers are injured on the job

Under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act, federal workers who are injured on the job in Pennsylvania may be entitled to certain benefits. However, benefits may be withheld if the employee was intoxicated at the time of the injury or took willful action that led to the injury. A federal employee who becomes injured while on the job may first request to receive regular pay for 45 days.

After the 45 days has expired, employees may use sick pay or any other leave available to them. The employee may also enter a leave with pay claim, which may entitle them to compensation from the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs. Temporary benefits typically range from two thirds of a worker's pay rate for those without dependents to 75 percent if the injured worker has one or more dependents.

In addition to financial compensation, an individual who is injured at work may be given medical care at the expense of the OWCP. The injured person may choose any local physician or hospital to receive treatment from. However, any change in physician would have to approved by the OWCP. If the change is not approved, it may result in compensation being withheld for any further treatment.

In Pennsylvania, a non-federal worker who suffers from sprains, strains or broken bones suffered while at work may also be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits may provide financial resources to help pay the worker's living expenses as well as help an injured worker receive the medical care that he or she may need. An attorney can advise a client as to the range of benefits that may be available.

Source: U.S. Department Of Labor, "CA-11 When Injured at Work Information Guide for Federal Employees", accessed on Feb. 23, 2015

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