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Workers' compensation benefits for federal employees

As a federal employee, you are probably familiar with the fact that the federal government handles many different types of employment processes differently than Illinois employers in the private sector. For instance, the government maintains its own program for reviewing and providing workers' compensation benefits for federal employees. We here at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, L.L.C., are well acquainted with how the Division of Federal Employees' Compensation program functions, and we advocate on behalf of our clients and federal employees to ensure that they have access to the compensation that they are entitled to.

The U.S. Department of Labor provides an overview of the DFEC, and explains that the program manages new and ongoing workers' compensation claims for federal employees, which includes providing compensation for work-related injuries and illnesses, along with job-reentry services. The DFEC also provides compensation for the survivors of work-related accident victims in many cases.

In 2012, it is estimated that over 115,000 new cases were created with the DFEC, and over $3 billion in benefits were paid to qualifying federal workers and survivors. Some of the services that were and are provided to DFEC claimants include but are not limited to:

  •          The payment of medical bills
  •          The payment of wage compensation
  •          Employment rehabilitation and placement services

Given that the DFEC functions separately from state workers' comp programs, successfully achieving federal benefits can depend largely upon understanding the system's unique guidelines. Learn more about government worker benefits and filing guidelines by visiting our web page today.

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