Federal Workers Compensation

Federal workers compensation is NOT related to federal disability retirement. When a federal employee is injured while performing job duties at work or develops an occupational illness or disease they have the right to file a federal workers compensation claim. Workers compensation claims are adjudicated by the Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP).

The main benefits provided are lost wages, medical care pertaining to the at-work injury and potentially a schedule award in the loss of use is permanent. You may not receive lost wages from OWCP and OPM disability at the same time; however the other OWCP benefits may be paid while drawing federal disability retirement payments.

Acceptance of either type of claim does not automatically qualify you for the other benefit as the agencies make their own decisions under their own criterion.