OWCP Initial Claim Development & Claim Assistance
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Initial Claim Development
Upon initial receipt of an Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) claim form (CA-1, CA-2, CA-2a, CA-5, etc.), the responsible claims examiner (CE) will determine if the initial claim and supplemental documentation is sufficient to meet the following five basic criteria for OWCP claims.
Five Basic Criteria
The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) five basic criteria:
(1) Be timely filed.
(2) Be made by a Federal Civil Employee.
(3) Establish Fact of Injury, which has both a factual and medical component. Factually, the injury, accident or employment factor alleged must have actually occurred. Medically, a medical condition must be diagnosed in connection with the injury or event.
(4) Establish Performance of Duty. The injury and/or medical condition must have arisen during the course of employment and within the scope of compensable work factors.
(5) Establish Causal Relationship, which means the medical evidence establishes that the diagnosed condition is causally related to the injury or event. These criteria must be satisfied in the order listed above.
Development and Adjudication
|•CE will allow at least 30 days for response from the claimant.
•Failure to allow at least 30 days before making an adverse decision is reversible error.
•CE must explain deficiencies in initial evidence – which of the five basics are not established.
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