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Trenton Metro Area Local

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President Bill Lewis

A few tidbits you need to know once you have been injured on duty:

 

By Sandy Schleher

Clerk Craft Director

Trenton Metro Area Local

The Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) is a law that provides benefits for civilian employees of the United States government who have suffered work-related injuries or occupational diseases.  These benefits include payment of medical expenses and compensation for wage loss.  

FECA is administered by the Office of Workers Compensation (OWCP), U.S. Department of Labor, who has the responsibility for approving or disapproving your case once you have filed a timely claim as a result of an on the job injury with the United States Postal Service.  

The Department of Labor currently maintains a web site http://www.dol.gov/esa/regs/compliance/owcp/CBPOutreach.htm  where you can  freely research and find the answer to almost any question or circumstance that may arise as it relates to your obligations under the law when you are attempting to file a claim. 

In addition, the Department of Labor (DOL) also maintains the ACS Web Portal at http://owcp.dol.acs-inc.com/portal/main.do where you can track your claim once you have received a claim number from the DOL.  Information such as eligibility, bill status, and medical authorization status can be accessed through this portal, which can also be utilized by your treating physician and pharmacy for more timely and efficient claims inquiries.  

The use of this portal will save you the trouble of calling your claims examiner at the Department of Labor, who currently may take up to a week to return phone inquiries due to the volume of calls they receive.  This site is monitored daily, and you should encourage your physician and pharmacy to utilize this option as well.    

In the event you are unable to find the answer to your question(s), the following officers may be able to assist you: 

Robert Lauer Vice President

Mike Strano Motor Vehicle Craft Director

Sandy Schleher Clerk Craft Director