What happens when you’re a federal employee hurt on the job? Instead of applying for North Carolina workers’ compensation, you may be entitled to federal employees compensation.
Federal employees have the benefit of the government’s benefits system at a time when state or private-sector employees in North Carolina are experiencing a growing problem: Many employers in NC are operating illegally without workers’ comp insurance, which means innocent employees would need to pursue their employer directly for compensation of their work-related injuries. This would be a critical time for an injured worker to retain a NC workers’ comp attorney to represent their best interests. According to the News & Observer, over 30,000 North Carolina businesses are illegally operating without workers’ comp insurance, and the Department of Labor misses these violations because an insurance check is not part of their workplace inspection process.
For federal workers though, he Federal Employees Compensation Act provides benefits to federal civilian employees who have been injured while conducting their work duties. Federal employees compensation is similar to NC workers comp, it provides:
- Wage-loss benefits for total or partial disability
- Monetary benefits for permanent loss of use of a schedule member
- Medical benefits
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Survivor benefits to eligible dependents if the injury results in the employee's death