Getting Back to Work After Your Federal Workers Compensation Injury

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) emphasizes returning injured workers to suitable employment.

There are a few reasons for this:

  • Reduced Wage Loss: When you return to work, even in a limited capacity, you’ll likely experience less financial hardship.
  • Improved Recovery: Returning to work can aid in the healing process, both physically and mentally.
  • Program Goals: OWCP isn’t designed to be a permanent disability program, but rather to provide support while you recover and return to work.

Here are some ways OWCP facilitates getting back to work:

  • Light Duty Jobs: They encourage employers to offer alternative positions with lighter duties that fit your current limitations.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation: They may provide vocational rehabilitation services to help you transition to a new role if necessary.

It’s important to note that OWCP won’t pressure you into a job that isn’t suitable for your health restrictions. They require your doctor’s approval before you return to work.

Here are some resources for more information:

U.S. Department of Labor – OWCP Returning to Work: