Question: Under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act, what requirements
must a claim for workers' compensation meet?
Answer: The employee must provide medical and factual evidence to
establish five basic elements:
- The claim was filed within the time limits set by the FECA;
- The injured or deceased person was an employee within the meaning of
- The injury, accident or employment factor actually occurred, and a medical condition was diagnosed in connection with the injury or event;
- The employee was in the performance of duty when the event(s) leading
to the claim occurred; and
- The medical evidence establishes that the diagnosed condition is causally related to the injury or event.