Navigating Modified Job Offers
You may be told that you can and must return to work even if you have not fully recovered. You may receive an offer to return to your position with limited or modified job responsibilities should your healthcare team determine that you no longer have a disability. These modified job offers must be handled carefully, as declining them can lead to your losing your federal employment benefits.
We can help you manage modified job offers, protect your benefits, and ensure that you can continue your recovery process. Our team will represent you in all communications and assist you in obtaining and preparing the documentation needed to safely refuse the offer.
Qualifying for OPM Disability Retirement Benefits
If you have suffered permanent or long-term injuries that prevent you from performing your job responsibilities, you may be eligible for OPM disability retirement benefits. You must have been federally employed for a minimum of 18 months prior to the incident and the injury or condition must be anticipated to impact your abilities for at least 1 year.
We can determine if you qualify for OPM disability retirement benefits and help you secure the benefits and support to which you are entitled. We can also assist you in appealing an adverse decision if your application is denied.
If You Have Been Injured as a Federal Employee, Hire Accomplished Legal Representation
A federal employee generally has 30 days to report an on-the-job injury to their employer. While most circumstances permit a federal employee up to 3 years to file a claim, it is important that the employee make all appropriate notification within the first 30 days to preserve their ability to file an OWCP claim if necessary. You can still generally pursue an OWCP claim even if you no longer work for the federal government so long as you are otherwise within the statute of limitations and the injury-inducing incident took place while you were federally employed.
Submitting an OWCP claim involves providing evidence and documentation of the incident and how it contributed to your injury or occupational illness. Knowing what forms to submit, who to submit them to, and how best to present your case can in and of itself be an overwhelming component of the process as the OWCP has rigid guidelines for all claims and improperly filed claims can subject employees to years of delays in an already lagging system. We can work with you to understand the circumstances of your workplace accident and can guide you through the submittal of your claim.
When you suffer injuries on-the-job, you deserve to be fairly and promptly compensated. We are compassionate to the stresses that our clients can endure when they are injured at work and are worried about how they will provide for themselves and their families. Our Tampa Bay Area OWCP lawyers at Legal Lion Employment Law Firm can work with you to overcome obstacles that jeopardize your OWCP claim and can give you the support you need in navigating what can be an unnecessarily bureaucratic process.