Here are the first five things you should do if you get injured while working at the USPS:

Seek medical attention: This is the most crucial step. Your health and well-being come first. Get immediate medical attention for your injury, regardless of how severe it seems. Explain to the federal workers compensation doctor that you were injured on the job. Keep any documentation received, like receipts and prescriptions.

Report the injury: Inform your supervisor about the injury as soon as possible, even if it seems minor. This establishes a record of the incident and demonstrates you reported it promptly. The specific reporting procedures might vary depending on your location, so consult your supervisor or local union representative for guidance.

File a Form CA-1: This is the official form used to report a work-related injury or illness to the USPS. Completing and submitting this form promptly is essential for initiating the workers’ compensation claim process. Your supervisor or local union representative can assist you with obtaining and completing the OWCP form.

Keep detailed records: Document everything related to your injury. This includes the date, time, and location of the incident, a description of what happened, the nature of your injury, any witnesses present, and copies of all medical documentation and forms submitted.

Seek guidance from your union representative: The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) represents a significant portion of USPS employees and offers support and guidance regarding workplace injuries. Contact your local union representative to understand your rights and navigate the workers’ compensation process. They can provide valuable assistance and ensure your interests are protected.

Remember, this information is intended for general guidance and does not constitute legal advice. It’s advisable to consult with an attorney specializing in workers’ compensation law for personalized legal advice regarding your specific situation.