Federal Workers Compensation Recurrence ClaimsPosted: January 11, 2013
Federal employees are often faced with the decision about whether to file a recurrence claim for an on the job injury claim.
Understanding what a recurrence is can clear up whether a federal claimant should use a CA-2a or actually file a new injury claim altogether. First, it is important to know that this is a recurrence, not a re-occurrence. believe it or not, distinguishing the difference in the word itself can lead to better understanding.
A re-occurrence suggests that the same injury occurred again, or better put, the same incident happened and you were re-injured. That would be a new claim and you would have to start over with a traumatic or occupational claim with the OWCP.
A recurrence of injury is when the symptoms continue or recur without a new, intervening factor. This is to help separate the difference between an aggravation of the injury due to exposure or incident and describe a situation where the symptoms simply happen again.
FedDoctor.com has a new article regarding the details and differences between a recurrence claim and a new injury claim. Understanding these differences can help any injured federal employee find a doctor who understands the OWCP system and can help get their claim on track.
Having a federal workers compensation claim denied because the wrong form was filed can be a costly and time-consuming mistake. Understanding the differences can make all the difference.