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Your job duties during the pandemic can cause PTSD

Someone's reaction to the day to day duties of their job can be a compensable work injury. If your job put you in contact with the public and/or coworkers in a setting that exposed you to the risk of contracting Covid-19, that situation can give some people PTSD or other anxiety disorders. There are no settlements in a federal employee's FECA case. Benefits provided by OWCP would be medical care and wage loss payments for the time that this condition prevents you from being able to work, or for the time that there is not modified duty work available for you. Its always important to document that you have asked for work within your restrictions as if you fail to document this, you may end up not being paid because your agency could say that if you had only asked of course they would have accommodated you.


If you or a coworker has become ill in the course of dealing with the pandemic in the performance of work duties, you should be aware that you may be able to receive federal workers compensation benefits. I continue to hear from federal employees that they are being told by supervisors that acquiring Covid-19 from your federal employment is not a workers compensation matter. That is simply wrong.


Here is a link to an article I found interesting that discusses how dealing with the pandemic can give some people PTSD:


https://mcgillnews.mcgill.ca/s/1762/news/interior.aspx?sid=1762&gid=2&pgid=2240


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