The following types of federal workers’ compensation cases are all very important to a claimant and involve written notices or decisions from OWCP:
- Notice of proposed termination of compensation benefits; (Click here for a discussion of termination of compensation cases.)
- Notice of termination of compensation benefits;
- Denial of an initial or recurrence compensation claim; (Click here for a discussion of denial cases.)
- Job offer from the employer, job suitability letter from OWCP, and notice of disqualification from compensation; (Click here for a discussion for important changes in return to work issues.)
- Vocational rehabilitation, notice of proposed reduction of compensation, and notice of reduction. (Click here for a discussion for important changes in return to work issues.)
Notices and decisions set out time limits in which to respond or appeal.
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- Are you confused by the complex legal landscape surrounding your federal workers’ compensation claim? Have you become frustrated trying to deal with OWCP yourself?
- Are you unsure of what you need to say and what you need to prove in response to OWCP’s notice of proposed termination of compensation?
- Do you need to decide which way to appeal an adverse decision by OWCP?
- Do you need an OWCP roadmap?
Are you a federal worker and been injured on the job?
Have you duly filed a CA-1 claim form? You have, but now you’ve come to detours and dead ends.
- The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) has denied your claim for traumatic injury.
Was your claim approved? It was, but now you’ve run into roadblocks.
- OWCP has terminated (or notified you it may terminate) your wage-loss compensation and/or medical benefits.
- OWCP has disqualified (or threatened to disqualify) you from wage-loss compensation.
- OWCP has reduced (or threatened to reduce) your wage-loss compensation.
McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. specializes in assisting federal workers’ compensation claimants.
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.
OWCP does not require a person to be represented, so why retain an attorney? Consider the following when thinking about legal representation.
- An experienced attorney knows the twist and turns of the entire filing and appealing process.
- A lawyer has the legal judgment to present a case accurately and in the most favorable light for a client.
- An attorney becomes accustomed to working with an adjudicating agency and with individual claims examiners and hearing officials.
- A lawyer researches statutory law and case law and understands legal language and interpretation.
- An attorney acquires some medical knowledge and a familiarity with reference material, which give him the means of determining the legal significance of a medical report in the context of OWCP rules.
Why should you choose McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. as your attorney?
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.
Keep in mind there are deadlines to respond to notices and to appeal decisions.
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