A good indicator that an individual is on OWCP Disability, and not on OPM (Office of Personnel Management) Disability, is that the Federal or Postal employee did nothing other than to file a “CA” form. Further, OWCP Disability is granted for occupational diseases, or for injuries sustained while “on the job”. Another indicator (an important one) is that, in order to file for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS, multiple forms must be filled out, including: Application for Immediate Retirement; Applicant’s Statement of Disability; a Supervisor’s Statement; and multiple other forms.
The term “disability” is often thrown about in confusing ways, such that a person who is on “disability pay” or “on disability” may think that one has filed for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS. The confusion is an important one to recognize, because a person who is eligible and entitled to file for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS must do so either while a Federal or Postal employee, or within 1 year of being separated from Federal Service. If a Federal or Postal employee fails to file within the statutory timeframe, he or she will lose this benefit forever. That is why it is important to make a distinction between “OWCP Disability” and “OPM Disability”, precisely because while one is on OWCP Disability, one should also probably be considering filing for OPM Disability Retirement benefits at some point.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire
Filed under: OPM Disability & OWCP Workers Comp Filings | Tagged: 1-year OPM disability rule, allowed conditions for owcp, applying for owcp disability, are you a federal worker under owcp disability or opm disability?, attorney representing federal workers for disability throughout the united states, can owcp stop your work award?, civil service disability retirement, common complaints against the office of workers compensation, complaint against the department of owcp, disability owcp, disability retirement at the USPS, disability retirement for federal employees, disability retirement versus owcp compensation, dol owcp rehab, dol.owcp.gov, employment standards administration owcp, federal owcp, federal employee disability, federal employees on disability, how do you know if you are under workers comp or federal disability?, if I was denied workers comp can I still be elegible for opm disability?, medical conditions allowed under workers compensation, occupational Injuries at the U.S. Postal Service, one year separated from service opm rule, OPM disability application tips and strategies, OPM First Stage Disability Application, opm owcp, owcp and unable to return to work, owcp difficulties, owcp disability retirement really is usually meant "opm disability retirement", owcp dol, owcp federal rehabilitation, owcp opm disability retirement even with pre-existing condition, owcp vs. fers disability, owcp.com, Post Office disability, problems with owcp workerks comp dol benefits, ptsd and choosing between owcp and federal disability retirement, representing federal employees from any us government agency, short- versus long-term owcp benefits, switching to federal disability retirement from dol owcp, u.s. postal service disability, us dept of labor owcp, USPS disability retirement, usps light duty owcp, workers comp payments, www.owcp.gov, years in workers comp and still unable to work | 3 Comments »