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A: OWCP cases are not covered by the Equal Access Act, which means no funds are available for federal employees appealing claims or filing new applications. In addition contingent fee arrangements are against FECA laws. Federal employees must pay the cost of their own representation.

Many federal workers are frustrated and emotional over the need to finance representation to win their claim. However, given the program changes over the past decade, and what is now a national shortage of technical competent FECA attorneys and experts, legal counsel is now critical to winning a FECA case.

That said, Pines Federal makes limited interest free payment plans available to those who could not otherwise afford representation.

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Eric L. Pines is a nationally recognized federal employment lawyer, mediator, and attorney business coach. He represents federal employees and acts as in-house counsel for over fifty thousand federal employees through his work as a federal employee labor union representative.

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