What happens to me and my family if I am seriously injured at work?
If you have a work-related injury, you are entitled to Federal Workers’ Compensation benefits from the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) as follows:
- While totally disabled, you are entitled to 75% of your pay (if married or with dependents) and 66 2/3% if single.
- While partially disabled, you are entitled to compensation based on the difference between your earnings/earning capacity and wages at the time of injury.
- All medical bills related to the treatment for your injury will be paid for by OWCP.
- Your health and life insurance benefits will continue at the same cost as if still employed and be deducted from your workers’ compensation benefit.
- Your workers’ compensation benefit is tax free.
- If you cannot return to your federal employment, OWCP will provide you with vocational rehabilitation services.
- If you suffer “permanent impairment” to certain parts of your body, you will be entitled to an additional payment called a “Schedule Award”.
- While still employed and receiving federal workers’ compensation benefits, you may continue to accrue service credits towards your retirement.