Under the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA), federal workers are entitled to a number of benefits if they have been injured while at work. FECA provides benefits for persons suffering from occupational illness, as well as traumatic injury. Surviving family members may also seek compensation for a work-related death.
The Medical Benefits Payable to Injured Federal Workers
As an injured federal worker, you may seek reimbursement or payment of the costs of all medical treatment or care necessary to remediate or minimize the consequences of any injury or illness caused by or related to your job. Though any approved treatment must be prescribed by an authorized physician, there are no statutory limits on the types of treatment that may be covered. Furthermore, there is no time limit during which medical expenses will be covered.
Under FECA, you can seek care from a government doctor, or by an approved physician of your choice. A wide array of expenses are reimbursable, including first aid and hospitalization, physician’s fees, medications, medical devices and ongoing medical supplies. To obtain reimbursement, you must submit the bill no later than one year from the date of service, one year after the calendar year you incurred the expense, or one year after the calendar year during which the injury claim was accepted (whichever comes last).
As a general rule, expenses related to preventive procedures are not reimbursable under FECA. Nonetheless, there are exceptions to the rule. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney can help you determine if certain preventive medical expenses are covered.
Contact Uliase & Uliase
For an appointment with an experienced New Jersey federal workers‘ compensation lawyer, contact us online or call our office at 856-310-9002. We meet with clients weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Even if we don’t take your case, we will only charge a $35 consultation fee. We waive the fee for certain union members.