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NPS Essentials: Workers’ Compensation

What It Is

Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured on the job in exchange for the relinquishment of the employee’s right to sue their employer. The NPS seeks to provide a safe and healthy work environment and also minimize work-related injuries and illnesses.

More information about Workers’ Compensation Program, responsibilities of employees, supervisors, and workers’ compensation coordinators can be found on Inside NPS.

Employee Responsibilities

  • Report the work-related injury to your supervisor immediately.
  • Get emergency medical treatment if needed, and notify your supervisor as soon as possible after receiving treatment. 
  • If you sustain a traumatic injury, obtain a form CA-16, Authorization for Examination and/or Treatment, from your supervisor or WCC.
  • Complete Form CA-1, Federal Employee’s Notice of Traumatic Injury, online in the Safety Management Information System (SMIS);  as soon as possible, but not later than 30 days after your injury to ensure the receipt of all benefits.  Follow subsequent instructions from website.

Supervisor Responsibilities

  • Prevention of Injury
    • Make safe working conditions a top priority.
    • Supervisors can assist injured employees or someone on their behalf.
  • Medical Care
    • If the employee requires emergency medical treatment, ensure that he/she receives immediate care.
    • Ensure the employee is provided form CA-16, Authorization for Examination and/or Treatment, which authorizes medical care to be provided to employee as soon as possible.
    • Ensure the employee knows where to complete the CA-1 form online and complete the supervisor portion itself.

Why It Matters

Workers’ compensation protects both the health of the employee and legal rights of the employer. If an injury or illness is a direct result of an on-the-job duty, it is dependent on the employer to finance care for that issue, and it if the employee accepts that help, they relinquish the ability to sue.

Additional Information

For further information, please see InsideNPS.

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