Practice Areas

Workers' Compensation

State Level

What is it? The Wyoming Worker’s Compensation Act is meant to provide quick and efficient delivery of benefits to injured and disabled workers at a reasonable cost to employers.  It is a  no-fault system, which means it does not account for an employee’s personal negligence or fault; however, the employee gives up their right to sue their employers directly for negligence or other damages.

What is Commonly Involved? Prompt injury reporting, medical examinations, completing government claim documents, and the free flow of injury-related health information to the Division or the employee’s employer during the benefit period. 

Where do I Start?  Once an injury becomes apparent, an individual has a strict timeframe in which to notify an employer or else they risk the denial of a claim. A medical examination and claim form are typical next steps.  It may be necessary to consult an attorney to ensure that an individual’s rights are properly preserved. 

 

Federal Level

What is it? The Office of Worker’s Compensation Program (OWCP) is a Federal government agency that administers four disability compensation programs which provide benefits to injured federal workers. The four programs the OWCP administers are:

Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program, which compensates current or former employees of certain Department of Energy related agencies who were diagnosed with specified cancers or diseases as a result to exposure to radiation while working at a covered facility. 

Federal Employee’s Compensation Program, which provides worker’s compensation coverage to federal and postal workers for employment-related injuries. 

Division of Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Program, which provides technical or procedural assistance such as dispute resolution and benefit delivery for self-insured entities the Division regulates. 

Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation Program, which administers claims filed under the Black Lung Benefits Act, is meant for coal miners who are disabled by pneumoconiosis as a result of working in coal mines. 

What is Commonly Involved? Prompt injury reporting, medical examinations, completing government claim documents, and the free flow of injury-related health information to the respective agency.

Where do I Start?  Each program under the OWCP has different rules and regulations that govern the program and the payment of benefits. The United States Department of Labor website may be a helpful place where links to resources are centralized and readily available. This may help you understand the procedure and complexity of your particular claim. It may be necessary to consult an attorney to ensure that an individual’s rights are properly preserved.

 

Disclaimer: This is not legal advice but rather general legal information for your enjoyment.

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