Federal law enforcement workers often have difficulty proving their workers’ compensation claims and getting their benefits.

Posted on Jan 04, 2014

This link connects to the testimony of Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.   As Mr. Adler testified before Congress, every year approximately 300 Federal law enforcement officers sustain injuries in the line of duty.   According to Adler, OWCP does a poor job in managing the claims of these individuals due to the special nature of the law enforcement injury.  These kinds of injuries can range from exposure to toxic chemicals, wounds and disability resulting from violent physical encounters, motor vehicle accidents, and training exercises.   Adler tells the stories of law enforcement personnel, including heroes of the 9/11 tragedy, postal inspectors exposed to anthrax contamination, an injured FBI agent who tried to stop a fight and suffered a grave injury, another FBI agent who got so good at busting meth labs that their toxic chemicals made him sick from exposure, and a correctional facility guard who ended up HIV positive from an inmate’s purposefully tainted knife – each person heroic by any description but each person with a tale to tell of grief and aggravation as they attempted to work with OWCP authorities to prove their injuries and receive the benefits they were due.  

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