OWCP CA-2a: Recurrences or New Injuries, New Illnesses

by Lenin V. Perez

A recurrence of an injury is one of the following:

1. A spontaneous return of the symptoms of a previous injury or occupational disease without intervening cause.

2. A return or increase of disability due to a consequential injury: Example Something that occurs due to weakness or impairment caused by a work related injury.

3. Withdrawal of a specific duty assignment when the employee cannot perform the full duties of the regular or limited duty position.

When your case file is closed by the Department of Labor, one needs to reopen the case.

Most recurrences fall under the above mentioned categories. The key words are “Spontaneously appear without an intervening incident or event”, and then a re-occurrence has occurred.

Example: An employee picks up a heavy object or injured his or her back. Files a CA-1 and misses work for one week. Upon returning to work after some time has elapsed the symptoms of pain returns for no apparent reason. This falls under a CA-2A.

Caution: If the employee picked up another heavy object or slips and falls at work, this is a new injury and he/she should file a CA-1, not a CA-2A. If the employee has a new incident, an “intervening cause” has occurred so this is a new injury. Finally, when one case file is closed and one has a recurrence of symptoms, then one needs a Medical Report saying that the problem has reoccurred and that it is related to the original injury or occupational disease or illness.

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