UNDERSTANDING YOUR RIGHTS: FEDERAL WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
Federal jobs are often some of the most regulated workplaces, designed with safety as a priority. But, as with any profession, unexpected accidents can happen. When they do, federal employees (like USPS) have specific rights under the Federal Workers’ Compensation Act.
Knowing these rights is essential for ensuring you get the support and care you need. Here, our doctors at Gulf Coast Rehabilitation & Wellness discuss what you should know in case you’re injured on the job.
YOUR RIGHTS UNDER FEDERAL WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
You must understand your rights under Federal workers’ compensation as a federal employee in case an accident happens. Let’s walk through them.
#1. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO MEDICAL TREATMENT
Being a federal worker means that after an on-the-job injury, you’re entitled to receive medical care. But it’s not just about getting immediate care; workers’ compensation covers:
- Rehabilitative services
- And more
Plus, you can choose your physician, although it’s important to understand the guidelines surrounding this choice.
#2. YOU’RE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION FOR LOST WAGES
Workplace injuries can result in time away from work. When that happens, your bills shouldn’t pile up. Federal workers have the right to receive compensation for lost wages. This ensures that while you’re recovering, you’re not drowning in financial uncertainties.
#3. RIGHT TO VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION
If an injury prevents you from returning to your original job, you have the right to vocational rehabilitation. This service helps you prepare for and find a new job suited to your post-injury abilities, making sure your career doesn’t come to a standstill.
DEBUNKING THE MYTHS: NO, YOU DON’T PAY FOR CLAIM ASSISTANCE
It’s a common misunderstanding: if you need expert help to file a federal injury claim, you’re going to end up paying a lot for it. While some lawyers may charge for this assistance, that isn’t your only option!
Our team at Gulf Coast Rehab & Wellness wants you to understand your rights, and we want to help you with your OWCP claim as well. As a federal injury center, we’re equipped to help file and manage your workers’ comp claim, FREE OF CHARGE! Heard enough? Give us a call today!
INJURED? IT’S VITAL TO ACT SWIFTLY
When faced with an injury, immediate action is not just advisable—it’s essential for federal workers. Here’s why:
Quick Medical Attention: Ensuring a fast diagnosis and starting treatment can aid significantly in recovery.
Document Everything: Reporting and documenting the injury right away helps when dealing with potential claim disputes.
Financial Stability: Your compensation can cover medical bills and lost wages, providing financial relief during your recovery.
PROACTIVE MEASURES: GUARDING AGAINST FURTHER INJURY
It’s worth noting that while understanding your rights post-injury is vital, prevention is equally significant. Federal workers can benefit from regular check-ups and treatments to ensure their physical health is at its best.
Physical therapy, offered at Gulfcoast Rehab & Wellness, can address minor issues before they escalate into major problems. Regular treatments can keep your spine aligned, reduce stress, and even enhance overall well-being, acting as a preventive measure against potential workplace injuries.