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  • Jeff Zeelander

Do not resign from your job when you get hurt!

For some reason, I have spoken with several federal employees employees recently who, shortly after they were injured and filed a claim for FECA benefits, decided to resign because they were afraid that they would be fired. That can be fatal to someone being entitled to wage loss benefits in an OWCP claim. When your claim gets approved, and you claim lost wages, OWCP will ask your employing agency why they did not accommodate you. If your agency responds that they did not accommodate you because you quit, you won't get paid. You have an obligation to request work within your restrictions. You need to document that you asked for work and the employing agency said they did not have work within your restrictions. Please do not resign as you would only be eligible for wage loss payments for time periods that you were unemployable.

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