How I Can Help
If you are an injured federal employee, I can help you get and/or
keep the federal workers' compensation benefits to which you are
entitled. I can help you file claims, I can represent you at hearings,
and I can otherwise guide you through the OWCP claims process. Feel
free to contact me at any point in your claims process.
Here are some of the types of situations I routinely handle:
Third party claims in FECA cases
someone's actions caused your work injury, or caused you to be further
injured during the workers compensation process, you may have a "third
party" case against them. These are complex and sometimes expensive
cases to pursue. There are also time limitations that, if you
miss, would cause you to be unable to pursue your claim. OWCP has
rights to share in any recovery and, if you fail to pursue a claim, or
fail to notify OWCP that you are pursuing a claim, there are very
Here are some examples of situations
that may lead to a third party case: you are a USPS carrier and (1) get
injured at a customer property, or (2) get injured in an accident while
operating a government vehicle, or (3) get injured while using a
product in performing your job. Additionally, if you get hurt while
receiving benefits, there may be further coverage by workers
compensation and a third party case. This can arise if you are
injured while doing something related to your workers compensation
case; for example, (1) you are in a car wreck going to or from doctors
appointments, or (2) something goes wrong with your medical care that
is the result of negligence.
If you fail to pursue a third party case within the relevant statute of
limitation, that can be a basis for OWCP to determine that you have
forfeited your right to receive FECA benefits!
Resolution of third party lawsuits and liens involves highly technical
issues that can create problems even for lawyers. A layperson
should NOT try to handle these matters themselves as there are just too
many risks and pitfalls.
Every situation is different; the facts of your case or the
strategy applied to your case are unique. Reading this page is not a
substitute for being represented by a lawyer or fully understanding the
federal workers' compensation process.