is an individual who has filed a claim for benefits under the FECA.
is benefits or compensation paid or payable under the FECA, including
money paid because of loss of wages, loss of use of major body
functions, medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses and death benefits
to the survivor(s).
Compensation Specialist -
is an employee of Public Debt assigned to administer the workers'
compensation program within Public Debt.
Continuation of Pay (COP) -
is continuation of an employee's regular salary for up to 45 calendar
days of wage loss due to disability and/or medical treatment following a
traumatic injury. COP is not considered compensation under FECA and is,
therefore, subject to deductions for income tax, retirement, etc.
is the formal administrative procedure through which Public Debt
presents evidence to the OWCP to challenge an employee's claim for
benefits. Controversions must be thoroughly documented and submitted at
the earliest date the facts are available.
Date of Injury -
is the month, day and year that an injury occurs.
Department of Labor (DOL) -
is the agency which manages the Federal Workers' Compensation Program
through the OWCP.
means the incapacity, because of employment injury, to earn the wages
the employee was receiving at the time of injury.
Leave Without Pay (LWOP) -
is the absence from work without pay and without charge to annual, sick
or another leave category. Employees receiving compensation benefits
from OWCP must be in a LWOP status.
Light or Limited Duty -
is the temporary or permanent assignment to productive duty of an
employee who is partially disabled from a job-related injury or illness
and is unable to perform his/her regular duties based upon medical
Medical Examination -
is an examination conducted by a physician to establish the nature,
extent and job-relatedness of an injury, illness, or disease. Medical
examinations are utilized to:
Evaluate an employee's current medical status;
Authorize limited duty assignments;
Assist in the rehabilitation process; or
Support a controversion.
is the disagreement of Public Debt with an occupational disease claim or
a claim of recurrence of an injury. It is comparable to a controversion
in that it challenges the validity of an employee's claim.
Occupational Disease or Illness
refers to an condition produced by systemic infections; continued or
repeated stress or strain; exposure to toxins, poisons, fumes, etc.; or
other continued and repeated exposure to the work environment over a
period greater than a single day or work shift.
are surgeons, podiatrists, dentists, clinical psychologists,
optometrists, chiropractors and osteopathic practitioners within the
scope of their practice.
refers to the reappearance of the original symptoms/pains of a
previously reported and accepted injury.
refers to a wound or other condition of the body caused by external
force, including stress or strain. Traumatic injuries include damage to
or destruction of prosthetic devices or appliances. It must be caused by
a specific event or incident or series of events or incidents within a
single day or work shift.