Notices and decisions set out time limits in which to respond or appeal.
McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. handle cases for clients with federal workers’ compensation claims administered by the district offices of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP), Department of Labor. See FECA page for information and forms.
A Note About Disability Retirement
There is a one-year deadline from the date of removal from federal employment to apply for disability retirement. Missing the deadline may result in disqualification for disability retirement.
Click for an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) pamphlet (Standard Forms 3112-2) explaining the disability retirement application process..
McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. have been involved in hundreds of oral hearings, both in-person and teleconference. OWCP hearings by telephone have become common and work well. On their client’s behalf, McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. present legal argument and cite relevant law. They submit evidence, such as medical reports, and asks the client questions to shape testimony for the record. McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. call into the hearing prepared. Their client calls knowing what to expect during the hearing.
If a hearing is not possible or advisable, McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. request reconsideration of an adverse decision with written argument to OWCP. A reconsideration request must include legal argument and/or evidence not previously considered by the district office. That evidence is usually a report from the claimant’s physician or a specialist, and McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. obtaining a medial report with the required elements is an important step in a case.
Another appeal option is asking the Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB) to review an unfavorable OWCP decision. To argue a case in review before ECAB, McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. write a brief, which sets out the facts of the case, an argument, and pertinent controlling case law.