What Work Injury Victims Need to Know
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Federal and State Workers' Compensation
If you have been injured while on the job, it is important that you report the injury or accident to your manager or supervisor, in writing, as soon as possible. Under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act, you may be eligible to submit a claim for your injuries, if it was employment related, disease that came on, or was exacerbated during the course of your occupation. The Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation (DFEC) administers the terms of this act by paying appropriate medical and rehabilitation bills, providing compensation for lost wages to the injured and their family members, and assisting recovered employees when they are able to return to work.
The state also regulates their own workers’ compensation insurance which offers employees who are covered medical benefits and payment if they are injured or fall ill while during the course of their work. Private employers in Texas may opt into this program for their employees, and all employers are required to inform workers on whether or not they offer workers’ compensation coverage.