OWCP Denied My Claim, What Next? Find Out Here
Our nation is known as a country of second chances. Therefore, a denied claim by OWCP for federal injured workers shouldn’t be seen as the end of the process. The fact of the matter is that it may be possible to appeal a denied claim and win, as long as you follow a different strategy that your federal workers’ compensation attorney will lay out for you.
Looking for information about OWCP denied claims as an injured federal worker? Please give us a call NOW at (773) 823-0298 to learn more about your legal options for compensation. For over two decades, we’ve helped injured federal workers just like you get, keep and reinstate their benefits after suffering an injury at their federal workplace. We have a team of attorneys and specialized professional that are ready to help you with your medical report, medical exams, how to fill in your forms as well as how to make sure that you adhere to all recommendations brought forth by OWCP. Please call (773) 823-0298 NOW to learn more about your legal options for compensation. The call is 100% FREE, and there’s no obligation.
It is important to understand that an OWCP denial isn’t arbitrary, and that a reasoned rationale must be given. The District Office must clearly explain why they made the decision as this is required by law. What’s great about this is that it will give you a new starting point at which you’ll be able to fix what was wrong with your claim.
Reasons Why OWCP Denied Your Claim
One of the most common reasons that OWCP denies claims is the claimant not having been able to satisfy the burden of proof with regard to injuries, often gleaned from your medical records. There must be causation between your injuries and a work event that caused them. In particular, your doctor must clearly show causation via an objective narrative that goes into detail regarding what tasks you were carrying out at the time of your sustaining your injuries.
You are typically granted three types of appeals:
- Appeal to ECAB, or the Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board
- Appeal to the Branch of Hearings and Review
- Reconsideration carried out by the District Office
Oral Hearing for OWCP Denials
You may choose to go for an oral hearing which is typically carried out in the presence of a Hearing Representative who will usually come from outside the District Office that you received the denial because this maintains a sense of impartiality and neutrality. The oral hearing is a one-time thing, meaning that you cannot come back and appeal once this process is done.
OWCP Request for Reconsideration
If you choose to file a request for reconsideration, you will have to present new and compelling evidence as to why your injuries are compensable. You will need to submit this appeal within a year of receipt of the denial, and will be handled by officers in the same District Office that rejected your compensation claim as an injured federal worker.
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