Workers’ compensation allows you to file a claim for an injury or fatality that happened in the workplace.
- Federal employees fall under the Federal Employee Compensation Act (FECA), and can research regulations via the U.S. Department of Labor.
- If you work for a private company or for a state or municipal government, check with your state workers’ compensation board for procedures and available benefits.
Keep in mind that there are deadlines for filing workers’ compensation claims:
- You must report the incident that caused the injury within the time frame allocated by FECA or your state workers’ compensation board.
- You must report the injury, along with medical documentation proving it was caused at work, by the second deadline set by your state or federal law, whichever applies to your employment position.