Q & A Session – Workmen’s Compensation


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


In 2011, I requested accommodation of an electric stapler due to carpal tunnel syndrome and also started occupation therapy. It took five months for the agency to agree to the request and then the therapy failed since I was doing the same repetitive tasks. I now have to take off work for surgery. My question is whether I could be paid for my time off work under workmen’s compensation.


You should ask your HR office for the forms to file a workmen’s compensation claim. These claims are adjudicated by the Department of Labor and they will determine the merit of your claim.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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