The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) was approved more than 100 years ago. It provides medical, temporary disability, death and other benefits for employees of the federal government who have been injured or suffered occupational diseases during the course of their employment. Employees of the United States Postal Service are protected by FECA. These individuals suffer about 34,000 injuries every year. Here are some of the more common types of accidents that give rise to FECA claims.
Repetitive Stress and Motion Injuries
Letter carriers develop repetitive stress injuries from carrying heavy mailbags on their routes. Mail clerks and handlers inside of the actual post offices develop repetitive motion conditions from lifting, pushing or pulling large mail containers. Painful musculoskeletal disorders develop from this strenuous repetition. The disorders affect nerves, tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints.
Slip-and-falls and trip-and falls
Think of walking for the better part of the day in snow, ice and rain. Letter carriers might encounter slippery walking surfaces for a week at a time. They also encounter uneven surfaces, sidewalk cracks, potholes and poorly maintained stairs. Slip-and-falls and trip-and-falls cause injuries to thousands of USPS employees every year.
The USPS reports that during 2016, its employees were attacked and bitten by dogs 6,755 times. Los Angeles led the state in 2016 with 80 canine attacks on USPS employees. San Diego had 57 of such attacks. Some speculate that the rise in dog attacks on letter carriers is secondary to a surge in online shopping.
Motor Vehicle Crashes
The USPS uses well over 200,000 vehicles to get mail delivered in the United States. A driver of one of those vehicles might cause an accident and become injured. He or she might also be the victim of an accident that was the fault of somebody else. In either case, the USPS employee is eligible for federal workers’ compensation benefits. The longer the amount of time that workers are on the road, the greater the chances are of them being involved in an accident.
Third Party Liability
You might have been in a situation when your injuries were caused by the carelessness and negligence of somebody else. Under those circumstances, other compensation might be available for you. Since our objective is to maximize any compensation that you might receive, we’ll investigate all possible sources.
Contact a Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Retaining an experienced and effective federal workers’ compensation lawyer is a critical decision after deciding to invoke your rights to federal employment workers’ compensation benefits. We offer free consultations and case evaluations for federal employees who were hurt on the job in and around Sacramento California. There are no charges to retain us either. In fact, if we enter into a retainer agreement with you, we don’t even get paid any legal fees unless we obtain a settlement or award on your behalf. Whether you’re a mail carrier or any other type of federal employee who was hurt on the job, don’t hesitate to contact us right away about any work-related injury.