The Difference Between a CA-1 & CA-2 OWCP Injury

The main difference between a CA-1 and a CA-2 form for OWCP is the type of work-related injury or illness that they are used to file a claim for.

CA-1: Federal Employee’s Notice of Traumatic Injury and Claim for Continuation of Pay/Compensation

Used to file a claim for a traumatic injury, which is a medical condition resulting from an incident or activity occurring during one work shift.

Examples of traumatic injuries include:

  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Cuts
  • Burns
  • Head injuries

CA-2: Notice of Occupational Disease and Claim for Compensation

Used to file a claim for an occupational disease, which is a medical condition resulting from an incident or activity occurring over more than one work shift.

Examples of occupational diseases include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Asbestosis
  • Low Testosterone
  • Silicosis
  • Occupational-induced asthma
  • Hearing loss

Another difference between the CA-1 and CA-2 forms is the deadline for filing a claim. For a traumatic injury, you must file a CA-1 form within 30 days of the injury. For an occupational disease, you must file a CA-2 form within one year of the date that you first became aware of the disease.

If you are not sure which form to file, you can contact the OWCP for assistance.