East Coast Injury Clinic
Federal Workers Compensation Program OWCP
Jacksonville OWCP doctors provide compensation benefits to civilian employees for disability due to workers comp injury sustained while in the performance of duty or to employment related disease. Our staff is specially trained to ensure your OWCP Claim is correctly and professionally submitted.
If you’ve been injured working for the federal government, you have the right to choose a top-notch Jacksonville OWCP doctor who specializes in handling DOL-OWCP injury claims. Choosing a doctor with extensive experience and compassionate care is the best way to ensure that you receive the highest quality of treatment for your federal workers’ compensation injury.
Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the clinic serves residents from communities throughout the northeastern region of Florida. East Coast Injury Clinic is located in Southside Jacksonville outside of St Johns Town Center and near JTB & 295. The clinic is easily accessible from the Jacksonville Beaches, Green Cove Springs, Ponte Vedra Beach, St Augustine, Fernandina Beach, Julington Creek and surrounding areas.
We Treat Injured Federal Workers
East Coast Injury Clinic is highly experienced in evaluating and helping patients who have been involved in a federal work accident. Our team of top-notch healthcare providers and claim specialists are experts in federal workers’ compensation claims (DOL -OWCP)
Our team of workers comp injury doctor in Jacksonville and our front office staff will be your partners to assist you with filing your federal workers’ compensation claim. We offer free consultations to injured federal employees so that we can help them receive the benefits afforded to them by the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA).
When you visit our Southside chiropractic office, you are treated to a customized pain therapy plan. Treatments such as chiropractic adjustments, pain relief, and a variety of other services, your chiropractor will help to get you back to peak health. We have a convenient location, and we offer a family environment that makes it easy to heal.
Did you get hurt on the job for the federal government recently? If so, we’re here to help. We’ve got you covered.
- Florida has a large number of federal employees, over 33,000 of them are postal carriers and over 28,000 are members of the Veterans Administration.
- Florida is one of the most densely populated states in the United States and it’s home to the 5th most federal employees in the country with over 175,000 federal workers.
- Unfortunately, only 3% of all federal employees in the U.S. receive a workers’ compensation payment following an injury. This is because the federal government is notoriously difficult to work with when it comes to providing support for injured workers.
- Federal employees in Florida can get help from our expert workers comp injury doctors in Jacksonville at East Coast Injury.
- Our doctors are equipped to handle the complex claims of injured federal employees in Jacksonville and throughout the state of Florida.
- A great doctor that focuses on the whole-body wellness after your workplace accident. The Chiropractor at Jacksonville East Coast Injury is your local Southside Chiropractor of choice.
- We assist many OWCP victims each week who are suffering from pain and injuries related to their accident.
OWCP Q & A
If you’re a veteran, postal worker or any other federal employee, you’re probably familiar with the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP). You may have even seen its advertisements that highlight how OWCP helps people who are injured on the job. But do you know all the benefits that this program has to offer? It is critical to you, and your family, that you get all of the treatment and support you are entitled to.
Contact our OWCP specialist today to ensure you are getting the full benefits of OWCP for federal workers
Same Day Appointments Available For Federal Workers
FECA is administered by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP), United States Department of Labor. OWCP determines whether the employee, or a survivor of the employee, is entitled to benefits under FECA. The director of OWCP and his or her designees have the exclusive authority to administer, interpret, and enforce the provisions of the Act. We are here to guide you through the process so you can focus on your wellbeing.
- The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) had its origins in an organization established in 1916 to administer claims under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act. All federal employees who are injured on duty have the option of filing Office of Workers’ Compensation (OWCP) claims.
- OWCP provides compensation benefits to civilian employees for disability due to personal injury sustained while in the performance of duty or to employment related disease. Benefits cannot be paid if the injury is caused by the willful misconduct of the employee or by the employee’s intention to bring about his or her injury or that of another, or if intoxication (by alcohol or drugs) is the proximate cause of the injury.
Traumatic Injury – A wound or other condition caused by external forces including physical stress and strain. It must be caused by a specific event or incident or series of events or incidents within a single work shift/day.
Occupational Disease – Being produced by systemic infections, continued or repeated stress or strain, exposure to toxins, poison fumes, noise, etc in the work environment over a longer period of time. In order to qualify as a disease, the injury must be caused by exposure or activities on at least two days.
The Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) provides a federal workers compensation program to protect federal employees from job-related injuries or illnesses. If you sustain an injury, you can receive benefits through the FECA.
While on disability leave, you have the same rights and protections as if you hadn’t gotten injured. Upon your return to work, your employer will treat you as though you had never been on leave for purposes of benefits such as health insurance and retirement.
FECA provides compensation benefits to civilian employees of the United States for disability due to personal injury sustained while in the performance of duty or to employment-related disease. FECA also provides for the payment of benefits to dependents if the injury or disease causes the employee’s death. Benefits cannot be paid if the injury or death is caused by the willful misconduct of the employee or by the employee’s intention to bring about his or her injury or death or that of another, or if intoxication (by alcohol or drugs) is the proximate cause of the injury or death.
Disability retirement and injury compensation are governed by two separate laws and are administered by two different agencies—OPM and OWCP. While disability annuities are payable whether or not your disease or injury was incurred on the job, workers’ comp is not. To receive workers’ comp benefits, your employment-related disease or injury must have been sustained in the performance of your job. Thus, entitlement to one does not automatically establish entitlement to the other.
If you apply for workers’ comp, you should also apply for disability retirement benefits. A FERS employee must also file for Social Security disability benefits. If benefits are approved under both workers’ comp and the disability retirement program, you’ll have to make a choice between the two. That’s because you can’t receive both benefits at the same time. This same rule applies if you are also found eligible for a Social Security benefit. In most cases employees elect the benefits available under workers’ comp because they are usually higher.
If OPM approves your case before OWCP does, it will begin making annuity payments to you. Then, if OWCP subsequently awards you benefits and you elect to receive them instead, the annuity already paid out to you must be reimbursed to OPM. In most cases, OWCP handles this by withholding the required amount from your initial payment. That payment is retroactive to the date when you went off the employment rolls.
While on workers’ comp, civil service disability annuity payments are suspended. However, if your compensation benefits end for any reason, including personal choice, OPM will reinstate your annuity as long as you haven’t recovered from the disability or been restored to earning capacity.
Time you spend on workers’ comp will not be counted in computing a new disability annuity or a regular annuity based on age and service. Instead, your annuity will be computed based on your service and “high-3” average salary as of the date you went on the annuity roll. However, it will be increased by any applicable cost-of-living-adjustments that were made during that period.
A person who chooses disability retirement instead of injury compensation has restoration rights, provided he or she applies for restoration as soon as the specific job-related injury has been overcome.
Not all job-related injury or disability cases require that you separate from the service. Those of shorter duration may be handled through the receipt of workers’ comp while you are on leave without pay (LWOP). In that case, all the time spent on LWOP is considered creditable at retirement for determining your length of service and your “high-3” average salary. Unlike regular LWOP, the time you spend on workers’ comp is not subject to the six month per year limitation on creditable service.
Appeal rights related to injury or illness
Executive branch employees who are entitled to restoration or priority consideration because of a compensable injury may appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board as follows:
An employee who fully recovers within one year or who is physically disqualified may appeal the agency’s failure to restore or improper restoration.
An employee who takes longer than one year to fully recover may appeal the agency’s failure to place the employee on its reemployment priority list; the agency’s failure to reemploy the individual from the priority list by showing that restoration was denied because of the employment of another person who otherwise could not properly have been appointed; or the agency’s failure to place the employee in an equivalent position with credit for all rights and benefits.
A partially recovered employee may appeal by showing that the agency’s failure to reemploy is arbitrary and capricious. If reemployed, the employee may appeal the agency’s failure to credit time spent on compensation for all benefits based upon length of service.
Appeals generally must be filed within 30 calendar days of the action being appealed.
Leading Factors to Denied OWCP Injury Claims
It’s always been bad. 4.42% is a terrible percentage. 2.2% is also terrible. This terrible OWCP claims acceptance rate is due to 5 factors that I’ve learned about after talking to hundreds of VA employees over the years and from hearing the stories of injured VA employees who reported their situations to their doctors.
1. VA employees don’t know what to do when they’re hurt at work. Confusion leads to them not even attempting to file their claims.
2. Some supervisors threaten injured employees with the possibility of being fired for filing claims. The threat of job loss is often too powerful to overcome.
3. Some supervisors refuse to assist injured VA employees with filing their OWCP injury claims. Supervisors are actually charged with helping in this process.
4. Many VA employees have been told they are required to go to the VA doctors when they’re hurt on the job. This is false. Everyone has the right of choice and VA doctors, although they are typically world-class doctors, generally don’t write reports that get OWCP claims approved.
5. Most VA employees report having a very hard time finding a qualified OWCP injury doctor who is willing to help them. A lack of doctors is a leading cause of denied OWCP claims, and when they do find a doctor who will take on their case, those doctors are very often untrained and unable to write great reports. The result is denied OWCP claims.
FLORIDA FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT
Florida has the 5th highest population of federal employees of any state. According to the US Census Bureau, Florida is home to over 4.5 million people and has more than 175,000 federal workers. It is estimated that Jacksonville area has 3.5% of the total U.S. civilian workforce in Florida.
JACKSONVILLE AREA OWCP FEDERAL WORK INJURIES
With more than 6,000 federal employees (which does not include all of the smaller towns surrounding Jacksonville, St Augustine, and the Beaches), I would estimate that in the Jacksonville area area has approximately 1,500 – 2,000 federal employees are injured at work and eligible for OWCP Federal Workers Comp benefits through the Department of Labor. Are they getting the care they need?
FEDERAL AGENCIES REPRESENTED IN THE JACKSONVILLE
- Army, Navy, Airforce Civilians
- Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA)
- Homeland Security
- US Customs and Border Protection
- Many Others
SERIOUS PROBLEM FACED BY INJURED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: DENIED OWCP INJURY CLAIMS
Each year, only 3% of federal employees are able to get a work injury claim accepted. Federal workers who are injured on the job do not have easy access to doctors, lawyers and other medical professionals. Without a lawyer, they have no idea how to report a work injury claim or what type of claim to make. Without knowledge about how to get a work injury claim accepted, they might go years without receiving any payments for injuries.
EAST COAST INJURY CAN HELP IN FLORIDA
Federal employees in Florida can get help by visiting the OWCP workers comp injury doctors in our southside Jacksonville office. Our OWCP injury doctors are located in an office that is easy to access regardless where you are located.
Our doctors know how to get OWCP injury claims accepted in Florida. We expect injured federal employees in the Florida east coast area to have a 100% claims acceptance rate. That is our specialty. We get OWCP injury claims accepted in the first coast of Jacksonville. East Coast Injury believes that we have a special responsibility to respond to the terrible 3% annual OWCP injury claims acceptance rate by getting all of the OWCP claims approved that we are involved with. We will always work hard to do everything possible to get your injury claims accepted by FECA – DOL – OWCP.
PT Supports The Recovery Process
Patients often don’t realize how bad their car accident-related injuries are until after they’ve returned to their normal daily activities. Common injuries typically include pain, stiffness, reduced range of motion, and chronic headaches or migraines. As such, it’s important patients undergo physical therapy to aid the recovery process. Physical therapy can help car accident victims increase their strength, improve their flexibility, and subsequently keep pain symptoms at bay. Our specially-designed therapy regimens can help patients bounce back from their injuries faster and easier than staying in bed can, that’s for sure!
PT Can Prevent Long-Term Damage
As we alluded to in the previously post, physical therapy not only helps address immediate injuries by improving strength, flexibility, and mobility, but it can also prevent long-term damage like chronic pain and migraines. Unfortunately, car accidents can cause lingering damage if the patient’s injuries are not addressed right away. If you begin physical therapy immediately after your accident, you are much more likely to live a relatively pain-free life for years and years to come. In fact, a Medscape study found patients who did not receive care immediately after their car accident were far more likely to suffer from degenerative disc disease than those who did receive immediate medical attention.
Physical therapy can treat invisible injuries
After a car accident, it may take several hours, or even days, for many symptoms of certain injuries to appear. A few examples include headaches, numbness, lightheadedness, whiplash and general discomfort. Whiplash alone, when it is left untreated, can lead to chronic neck pain, upper back and shoulder pain, numbness, and headaches.
Two more “invisible injuries” are scar tissue, and micro-tears on the muscles inside the body. While you can’t see this on the outside, these internal micro-tears and scars can result in your body becoming stiff and uncomfortable. These issues aren’t just invisible, they often aren’t even detected by an X-ray.
After a car accident doctor diagnoses your injuries, a physical therapist can use special techniques such as massage and ultrasound therapy to release a natural anti-inflammatory that reduces your pain while reducing internal inflammation.