Posted On: July 22, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Employee Organization Leaders Go to Capitol Hill to Advocate for Federal Workers’ Compensation

This week, leaders from a number of employee organization attended a hearing on Capitol Hill to discuss work injury benefits for federal workers that get hurt or sick because of their jobs. The hearing took place just two days after President Obama unveiled his POWER Initiative, which stands for Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment. The program is geared toward decreasing federal workers’ injuries on the job, which will hopefully decrease the amount of time an injured employee must take off from work. Increasing the timely filing of work injury claims and wage-loss claims are two of the plan's other goals. Mr. Obama noted that with over $1.6 billion in workers’ compensation payments made during fiscal 2009 and over 79,000 work injury claims, there is definitely more that can be done to improve workplace health and safety.

During the hearing, a few employee injury cases were recounted that further highlighted the need to improve not just worker safety but the process that is supposed to provide them with federal workers’ compensation in the event of illness or injury on the job. The Washington Post recounts a number of these, including the cases involving:

• A postal inspector who became ill from anthrax-contaminated mail in 2001. He was initially denied workers’ compensation. He eventually started receiving benefits, but not before his medical care was interrupted and his credit was destroyed.

• A secret service agent hurt his shoulders, neck, and back when he ran into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 to rescue people who were still inside. Not only did the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs lose his file, but also he was blamed for unpaid medical bills.

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Our Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation law firm represent government employees with work injury claims against their state, city, or federal employer. You shouldn’t have to be left to your own devices as you struggle to pay for medical bills and other costs incurred because you were injured or fell ill on the job.

Getting compensation shouldn't be so hard for federal workers hurt on the job, The Washington Post, July 22, 2010

The Presidential POWER Initiative: Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment, The White House, July 19, 2010

Related Web Resources:

Workers' Compensation, Justia

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