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Hurt on the job? These lawyers know which state or federal workers’ comp laws may apply to your case and if you qualify for benefits.
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What Are
Workers' Comp Claims?

Workers’ compensation laws vary from state to state unless you’re a federal employee. Learn how to qualify for benefits and find an attorney here.

Workers’ Compensation Laws Are Different In Every State

Unless you’re a federal employee, your state’s specific laws determine:

  • The steps you must follow to apply for benefits
  • Which employees are automatically exempt from workers’ compensation coverage
  • The deadline to file your claim (i.e., the statute of limitations)
  • Whether or not you can choose which doctor treats your workplace injury or illness
  • How many days you must miss work due to your injury or illness before you’ll qualify for wage-loss benefits
  • What forms you need to fill out and who to give them to when you apply for benefits
  • The process, forms, and deadlines for appealing denied workers’ comp claims
  • How long you can receive workers’ compensation for once your employer’s insurer approves your claim
  • The amount you may qualify for in a lump-sum settlement or wage-loss benefits and your payment schedule

States can choose to amend their laws at any time and for any reason. When in doubt, remember: It’s always free to talk to a lawyer about your workers’ comp case.

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State Workers’ Comp Laws Don’t Apply to Federal Employees

If you’re a federal employee, you follow the same process to apply for workers’ comp benefits in all 50 states. This also means that state workers’ compensation laws don’t apply to your case. Instead, the government provides your coverage and benefits directly through the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) program. Federal employees typically include:

  • Railroad workers
  • USPS/postal service workers
  • Politicians and other elected officials (i.e., judges)
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Civilians employed by federally funded public agencies, such as NASA, HUD, or FEMA
  • Military service members

Not sure if your injury or illness qualifies for federal workers’ comp? Take this online FECA benefits eligibility quiz to find out.

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