Appealing a Denied CA-1

There are two main routes for appealing a denied CA-1:

  • Reconsideration by OWCP: You can request OWCP to reconsider their decision. This involves submitting a written request within 30 days of receiving the denial letter. The request should clearly state your disagreement with the decision and explain any factual or legal errors you believe OWCP made. You can also submit new evidence to support your OWCP claim.
  • Appeal to the Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB): If reconsideration is unsuccessful, you can appeal to the ECAB. This must be done within 90 days of the reconsideration decision. The ECAB is an independent body that reviews OWCP decisions. Similar to reconsideration, you’ll need to file a written appeal explaining your disagreement and providing any new evidence.

Important notes:

  • Time limits: It’s crucial to adhere to the strict time limits for both reconsideration and appeal. Missing these deadlines could prevent you from pursuing your claim further.
  • Evidence: Gathering strong evidence is essential for any appeal. This might include medical weight loss records, witness statements, accident reports, or any other documentation that supports your claim.
  • Legal assistance: Considering the complexity of OWCP appeals, seeking legal advice from an attorney specializing in workers’ compensation law is highly recommended. They can guide you through the process, represent you before the ECAB, and ensure your rights are protected.