The Federal Employees' Compensation Act, or FECA, was passed to provide federal employees who have been injured on the job with comprehensive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits include wage-loss for total or partial disability, rehabilitation, and other financial assistance, as well as survivor benefits to eligible dependents. Here is how the Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation administers workers’ compensation.
What Benefits Are Available?
If you have been hurt on the job and your workers’ compensation claim is approved, your medical bills will be either paid to your care provider or reimbursed. You will also be compensated for any wage loss you have incurred due to your injury or illness. If you cannot return to work soon after your injury, you will be assigned a registered nurse and may be referred to a medical specialist for an examination.
When Will My Claim Be Resolved?
The federal government guarantees a timely adjudication of all workers’ compensation claims. For traumatic injuries, workers can generally expect a decision regarding their benefits within 45 days of the claim’s receipt. For simple occupational illnesses, decisions are issued within 90 days, while more complex illness claims may require up to six months. For very complex occupational illness cases, federal workers may wait up to 10 months to receive a compensation decision.
Can I Return to My Job?
If you have been hurt on the job, the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act guarantees your right to return to work if you are medically able within one year of the onset of wage loss. The government also attempts to help employees reclaim their former federal positions even if they have exceeded the time requirement. Injured workers who cannot return to their former positions are referred for vocational rehabilitation.
When you need a workers’ compensation or Social Security lawyer, look no further than Krasno, Krasno, & Onwudinjo. With offices in Allentown, Pottsville, Philadelphia, Bristol, Harrisburg, there is sure to be a location near you. Our lawyers help city, state, and federal employees receive the workers’ compensation benefits they are entitled to. Call (888) 774-9695 today to set up a free consultation.
Every year, thousands of Americans sustain serious workplace injuries from incorrect manual handling techniques. Watch this video to learn how you can avoid back, shoulder, and abdomen injuries from lifting and carrying items on the job.
Back injuries can occur anywhere between the neck and the base of the spine and can be acute, chronic, or intermittent. Any job that involves manual handling puts people at risk, so it’s important to have safe working conditions and take the necessary precautions whenever you are lifting any amount of weight.
Lifting and carrying objects accounts for 75% of manual handling injuries. If you have been hurt on the job, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers at the Philadelphia law office of Krasno, Krasno, & Onwudinjo today at (888) 774-9695 to find out how to get the financial benefits you are legally entitled to.
The Social Security Administration regularly denies, delays, and terminates many Americans’ initial claims for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits. If you want to appeal an SSA decision, your first step should be to contact an experienced Social Security lawyer to guide you through the legal process of appealing your claim. Here is how a lawyer can help you get the benefits you deserve.
Building a case to launch an effective appeal to a denied Social Security claim is a complex matter. A Social Security lawyer will need to document your medical history, income earnings, Social Security credits, and work history. Your lawyer will also obtain all records of your medical condition, including all medications, tests, and doctor’s visits. Your Social Security will personally work with your physician to present proof to the SSA of how your disability has affected your ability to work.
The Social Security appeals process can be lengthy, and effective lawyers can help you explore your options while remaining aggressive about pursuing your benefits. A lawyer will work diligently on your behalf to prepare you for the hearing date and guide you through the judge’s potential questions. Your lawyer will also complete all necessary paperwork and forms so you can attend to your personal matters and daily needs.
Many reputable Social Security lawyers require no up-front payments and offer free consultations to review your case. If your attorney believes that you have a solid legal case, your case will be handled on a contingency basis. This means that your Social Security lawyer will not collect any fees until or unless you receive compensation.
The law office of Krasno, Krasno, & Onwudinjo has been helping Philadelphia clients with Social Security and workers’ compensation claims and appeals paperwork for the last 50 years. If you are hurt or disabled, our lawyers are here to fight for you. To schedule a free evaluation of your Social Security claim with an attorney, call us today at (888) 774-9695 or check out our website to learn more.
If you have suffered injuries that prevent you from working for at least one year, you likely qualify for Social Security Disability payments. Unfortunately, the bureaucratic nature of the Social Security Administration (SSA) means that legitimate claims are denied on a regular basis. Fortunately, an appeals process allows the SSA to reverse its mistakes. Here is a look at the steps involved in appealing a defined Social Security claim.
Step 1: Reconsideration
You have 60 days from the moment you receive your initial denial to ask for an appeal from the SSA. The first step is known as reconsideration, and it consists of a second look at your file by another claims examiner. This option allows the SSA office to look over your file with a new set of eyes to see if you meet the criteria for disability benefits.
Step 2: Administrative Hearing
In the event that your claim is again denied following reconsideration, you have the right to appear in front of a judge and call witnesses who can validate your disability. This administrative hearing is not like a criminal trial where there are two opposing sides. Instead, you and your attorney will have the opportunity to collect more evidence and present comprehensive information to your local administrative law judge.
Step 3: Appeal to the Social Security National Appeals Council
If the SSA judge does not believe that you are truly disabled, you may take further legal action. The third step in the appeals process involves filing a brief with the SSA national board of judges who sit in Washington, D.C. However, this court often has a large backlog and may not review your case for months or even years.
The SSA appeals process can be lengthy and complex. The law office Krasno, Krasno, & Onwudinjo has been helping Pennsylvanians fill out claims and appeals paperwork since 1963. Disabled individuals in the Philadelphia area looking for legal help should call (888) 774-9695 today to schedule a free claim evaluation with one of our experienced attorneys.
The lawyers of Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo are available to serve people throughout Pennsylvania and out-of-state workers injured in Pennsylvania in workers' compensation and Social Security disability matters.