The Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) cover federal employees, and other types of workers, injured on the job in many federal agencies and other federal and non-federal employment situations. There are several divisions under OWCP which handle the workers compensation needs of many workers. We (Federal Workers Compensation Consultants) can assist and represent injured workers who file (or need to file) workers’ compensation claims in any of the following covered groups:
Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation (DFEC)
The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act provides workers’ compensation coverage to three million Federal and Postal workers around the world for employment-related injuries and occupational diseases. Benefits include wage replacement, payment for medical care, and where necessary, medical and vocational rehabilitation assistance in returning to work. The program has 12 district offices nationwide.
The Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation adjudicates new claims for benefits and manages ongoing cases; pays medical expenses and compensation benefits to injured workers and survivors; and helps injured employees return to work when they are medically able to do so.
In FY 2010, 127,526 new cases were created. The program provided $2.86 billion in benefits to approximately 251,000 workers and survivors for work-related injuries or illnesses. Of these benefit payments, over $1.8 billion was for wage-loss compensation, $913 million for medical and rehabilitation services, and $138 million for death benefit payments to surviving dependents.
Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation (DEEOIC)
The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP) began on July 31, 2001 with the Department of Labor’s implementation of Part B; Part E implementation began on October 28, 2004. The mission of the program is to provide lump-sum compensation and health benefits to eligible Department of Energy nuclear weapons workers (including employees, former employees, contractors and subcontractors) and lump-sum compensation to certain survivors if the worker is deceased. When you apply for either Part B and/or Part E, they will collect medical, employment, and other information from you and make a decision about whether or not you qualify for compensation and benefits.
Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (DLHWC)
The mission of DLHWC is to minimize the impact of employment injuries and deaths on employees and their families by ensuring that workers’ compensation benefits provided under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and it extensions (including the Defense Base Act) are paid promptly and properly, and providing information, technical and compliance assistance, support, and informal dispute resolution services to workers, employers, and insurers.
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) provides employment-injury and occupational-disease protection to approximately 500,000 workers who are injured or contract occupational diseases occurring on the navigable waters of the United States, or in adjoining areas, and for certain other classes of workers covered by extensions of this Act.
These benefits are paid directly by an authorized self-insured employer; or through an authorized insurance carrier; or, in particular circumstances, by a Special Fund administered directly by the Division of Longshore Compensation.
In addition to longshore, harbor, and other maritime workers, LHWCA covers a variety of other employees through the following extensions to the Act: The District of Columbia Workmen’s Compensation Act (enacted in 1928 and repealed effective July 26, 1982); Defense Base Act (1941); Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act (1952); and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (1953).
The Longshore Compensation Act provides over $747 million in monetary, medical and vocational rehabilitation benefits in more than 27,000 cases annually for maritime workers and various other special classes of private industry employees disabled or killed by employment injuries or occupational diseases. In addition the Longshore compensation program maintains over $2.8 billion in securities to ensure the continuing provision of benefits for these injured workers in cases of employer insolvency. Claimants depend upon timely receipt of these benefits to provide food, housing and a minimal standard of living for themselves and their families.
The Defense Base Act (DBA) provides workers’ compensation protection to civilian employees working outside the United States on US military bases or under a contract with the U.S. government for public works or for national defense. The Defense Base Act was passed in 1942 amended later to cover overseas civilian workers on government contracts, whether US or foreign nationals.
Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation (DCMWC)
The mission of the Division of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation, or Federal Black Lung Program, is to administer claims filed under the Black Lung Benefits Act. The Act provides compensation to coal miners who are totally disabled by pneumoconiosis arising out of coal mine employment, and to survivors of coal miners whose deaths are attributable to the disease. The DCMWC administer benefits paid from the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund and by responsible coal mine operators under Part C of the Act, and benefits paid under Part B of the Act, to ensure that all payments are accurate and timely. In addition to monthly compensation, the DCMWC provide eligible miners with medical coverage for the treatment of lung diseases related to pneumoconiosis. The DCMWC identify and work with coal mine operators and insurers so that liability for payment of benefits is properly assigned.
If you are an worker covered by OWCP under any of the worker groups and you have been injured on the job, contact us for assistance with your workers’ compensation claim at 813-931-1984.
Federal Workers Compensation Consultants
Workers Compensation and Disability Retirement Specialists
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Tampa, Florida 33612
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