Federal WC cases are handled much differently than state based WC claims. Your best bet is to use the Avvo Find a Lawyer utility to locate an attorney in your area who handles federal WC cases. Even though you are a contractor you still have rights and entitled to benefits, but the best thing for you to do is be your best advocate and be proactive in finding counsel.
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Look for a federal workers' compensation attorney who is willing to assist you. You are certainly covered by workers' comp insurance (managed by ESIS in your case) even though you were working abroad.
I agree with counsel's answers above. Federal Work Comp cases are different than state Work Comp cases and a specialist is needed to advocate your interests. You have rights to be protected so please contact a qualified attorney either from the AVVO search or other means.
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Then you should get a FECA attorney. Avvo has a terrific "find a lawyer" tool to located a top-rated Avvo attorney with a low contingency fee. Good luck.
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If the Federal WC attorney was correct when he said that your claim is not covered by Federal WC, then this might be an indication that you are covered under a state claim. Did you accept MEP's offer of employment while you were in Oregon? If so, then contact an Oregon WC attorney about filing a claim in Oregon. It doesn't hurt to try, and going through the process may provide additional information.