A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
If you are injured at work, or have a work-related illness, you may be entitled to injury compensation benefits provided under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA). Federal employees have certain rights and responsibilities in filing for these benefits. If you are injured at work, or have a work-related illness:
Immediately report any work-related injury to your supervisor.
If you require emergency medical treatment, obtain care first, and then notify your supervisor as soon as possible after receiving treatment.
If you do not have access to a computer, your supervisor or Workers' Compensation Program Specialist can assist you in initiating the claim. If access is not available, your supervisor or Workers' Compensation Program Specialist can provide you with a paper copy of form CA-1, to complete and submit to your supervisor as soon as possible, but not later than 30 days after the injury.
If you do not have access to a computer, your supervisor or Workers' Compensation Program Specialist can assist you in initiating the claim. If access is not available, your supervisor or Workers' Compensation Program Specialist can provide you with a paper copy of form CA-2, to complete and submit to your supervisor as soon as possible, but not later than 30 days after the injury.
Supervisors and Workers' Compensation Program Specialists can assist injured workers in completion of claim forms, and the SMIS Help Desk provides assistance with online filing of claims.
You must obtain witness statement(s). The statements can be entered into the SMIS or you can provide a printed copy of claim form to witness to complete witness section of form. The claim forms must be completed as precisely as possible in order to avoid delays caused by the need for additional information. You may be asked to provide additional information, beyond what was already provided.
Although your supervisor or Workers' Compensation Program Specialist may assist you, it is your responsibility to obtain the information needed to support your claim.
If you are temporarily unable to work because of your injury, you need to keep your supervisor informed about your medical condition, and return to work as soon as your physician allows you to do so.
You should have a discussion with your supervisor about the availability of appropriate light-duty assignments during your recovery period. Your supervisor will complete the supervisory component of Form CA-17, Duty Status Report, and will give it to you to provide to your doctor for completion of the medical component of the form based upon your medical examination. The CA-17 should include a copy of your current position description as an attachment.
You must provide your supervisor a copy of the completed form from your doctor indicating any medical limitations or restrictions specified.
You are obligated to return to regular duty as soon as you are able to do so, and to avoid activities while on workers' compensation that might aggravate the injury/condition.