Even though the processes and laws regarding workers’ compensation law usually vary from state to state, there are still tenants of it that are the same throughout the country. One of the central programs on a federal level is the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, or the OWCP. For decades now, the OWCP has served injured employees from numerous different careers across America to be able to work through an injury and return to work better and stronger. While primarily serving government employees and those in specific, more dangerous occupations, the OWCP also provides services to help people manage being out of work due to a disability caused by an injury.
One of the central tenants of the OWCP is to lessen the negative impact of a workplace injury. When any injury causes a person to miss work time, the primary objective is always going to be treating the injury so that the person is able to return to work healthy. While medical aid might not be difficult to find, for many individuals and families it can be difficult to pay for. This is why the OWCP sometimes steps in to financially help families out with there is a major financial burden that workers’ compensation cases don’t fully cover.
In more dire cases, the OWCP also has many programs to help people find other forms of work. If an injury is so great that the person is no longer able to perform their normal functions, then they must seek employment elsewhere, sometimes in a completely different field than the one that they were originally in. Through rehabilitation and vocational training services, a person who is disabled by an injury can learn a new skill or trade or at the very least be able to return to the workplace in some other capacity so that he or she can continue to make a living for his or herself or family.
The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs does a lot of good for people who have been injured in the workplace and need additional help returning to a normal life. It also steps in when the regular workers’ compensation system fails to deliver. If you or someone you know has been negatively impacted by a workplace injury, you may find these programs useful, but you also may be entitled to additional help from your employer that they might not offer to you right away. To learn more about your rights as an injured worker, and to seek the guidance of the Franco Law Firm in resolving your matters of workers’ compensation, please call us at 813 872 0929.