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Workers' Compensation Program


The primary goal of the Public Sector Workers’ Compensation Program is to respond to workplace injuries with the best, most appropriate medical care at a reasonable cost, and to return employees back to work as soon as medically possible.  Workers’ Compensation is a system of benefits provided by law for workers who have job-related injuries or illnesses.  Benefits are paid for injuries or illnesses that were caused by an employee’s work.  The District of Columbia Office of Risk Management oversees the management of the Public Sector Workers’ Compensation Program through the third party administrator, CorVel.

Who’s Covered

  • An employee is eligible for benefits when covered while working or performing work tasks; when the injury or illness arises out of and in the course of his or her employment, including when traveling in a government vehicle or other mode of transportation while performing District of Columbia business.

Return to Work

  • Return to work simply means helping employees get back to work as soon as possible after a job-related injury or illness.        
  • Return to Work is successful when there is communication between the injured worker and his or her agency, a key factor in his or her recovery.
  • Return to Work also keeps loss of productivity to a minimum.
  • There are three Return to Work options for injured employees:  (1) Alternative Work (2) Part-Time Work (3) Modified Work

How to File a Claim

1. Submit Notice of Injury within thirty (30) days of the injury to the Immediate Supervisor and the Public Sector Workers' Compensation Program (PSWCP). Please note that the Program will not authorize or pay any medical expenses until a claim for Compensation has been filed and accepted by the PSWCP. You must provide Form 2 to your supervisor to complete. 

2. Once the PSWCP receives the employee's Form 1 and Employing Agency's Form 2, the PSWC will provide the Claimant with a Compensation Claim Packet (CCP). 

3. Complete and submit the Compensation Claim Packet to the PSWCP. The Compensation Claim Packet will include the following required documents:

Please note that a claim will not be deemed filed until the Program receives all of the required documents. 

4. Once a claim is filed, you will receive an acknowledgement form. The PSWCP will review the claim and issue a decision within 30 days, absent extraordinary circumstances.

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