Best Federal Disability Advocate: Trying it Without an Attorney

…If not, will it have a negative impact on my case? -If I pursue FERS disability retirement, do you feel that an attorney would be necessary? If so, please contact me to discuss the matter. Thank you. Philip Kotler Sorry- I was thinking faster than I was typing. I am employed as a Customs and Border Protection Officer. Thanks again. Windsor Primous Were can I find a lawyer that will take a federal owcp case. I live in Statesboro, Georgia. USDA Anyone out here please help. Twelve years of battling on my own last decline for reconsideration. I have tried over the years to obtain a lawyer but they say the same thing I do not do fedreal OWCP cases…. Read More …

OPM Disability Retirement: Accommodations

While I am often asked about the intersecting connection between the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and Disability Retirement laws under FERS & CSRS, and the issue of accommodations, my short answer is that the two areas of law rarely directly intersect. “Accommodation issues” under disability retirement law rarely present a problem in a practical sense. The term itself is rarely applied properly; the best way that I can describe what the term “accommodation” means, in its technical application, is by giving the classic example: A secretary who suffers from a chronic back condition is unable to perform her secretarial duties because of the high level of distractability from her chronic pain. The agency purchases an expensive, ergonomic chair, which… Read More …

Best Federal Disability Retirement Lawyer Near Me: Representation Is Not Limited

When calls of a repetitive nature occur, it is time to provide some clarification. Often, from the very nature of a question, it becomes clear that some extent of confusion or puzzlement underlies the very question itself. For “Federal matters” — i.e., in cases where representation by an attorney occurs before a Federal administrative body, such as the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C., which is the Federal Agency which receives, evaluates, and determines all Federal Disability Retirement applications for Federal and Postal employees who are under FERS or CSRS — the attorney who represents the Federal or Postal employee can be licensed from a state which is different from the state in which the Federal… Read More …

Best OPM Disability Retirement Lawyer: The “No Other Choice” Case

Then, of course, there are cases where an individual has “no other choice” than to file for disability retirement. Sometimes, it is a chance that is taken — the chance of paying an attorney. Yes, adverse removal actions can impact one’s chances of obtaining disability retirement benefits. A case study: A recent client was removed from a Federal Agency for criminal conduct (obviously, no names will be used, and the facts will be somewhat altered to protect the client’s confidentiality of information). The individual was nowhere near retirement age; but suffice it to say that he/she had been a loyal employee for 20 years. He/she had a medical condition — a psychiatric condition, which pre-dated the criminal conduct…. Read More …

OPM Medical Retirement Laws: Confirmation and Affirmation

Lola Hello Mr. McGill, I am an injured former employee. I was requested to go on OWCP no other work or mail was to be processed I worked five year for USPS 1985 -1990 when I was on the CSRs retirement system. When again was hired for 1998-2009 and still receiving OWCP. I hope I am entitled to the best retirement that I shall receive more money. I have a lawyer for SSD, still trying to get approved. USPS is a challenging job; it was a great accomplishment to be employed. I just hope I receive my benefits that I am entitled. So I won’t fell the burden of lost wages. That I am experiencing at this time. From Fresno… Read More …

Best OPM Disability Retirement Lawyer: Discretion in a Response

When a Federal Disability Retirement applicant under FERS or CSRS receives an unfavorable response from the Office of Personnel Management (translated: an initial Denial), you have the right (which must be asserted in order to move forward in the future, i.e., to the MSPB and beyond) to file a Request for Reconsideration. If you receive a second denial, then the only response required (and which should and must be asserted) is an appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board. A response to the initial denial, however, should include a reply to the (often) detailed “discussion” section of the denial letter. Normally, when I file a response (in addition to obtaining additional medical documentation from the doctors, and any… Read More …

Federal Disability Retirement Lawyer: The Disadvantage of the I-Thou Perspective

“thou” from the perspective of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management), any sense of objectivity is often lost because the I and the Thou are one and the same person, and the Federal or Postal employee who experiences the medical condition is simultaneously the same one who is seeking an approval of the OPM Disability Retirement application. Of course, that same scenario is repeated even if the application is filed through a Federal Disability lawyer (in the sense that the Federal or Postal employee still seeks to obtain an approval from OPM) with one major exception: there is another “thou” perspective included and involved — that of the Federal lawyer representing the Federal or Postal employee who is seeking to… Read More …

Federal and Postal Disability Retirement Lawyer Near Me: A Federal Issue

…and representation for such Federal issues as filing for, and obtaining, Federal and USPS Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, is best done by an attorney who is experienced in the administrative process of law entailing all aspects of OPM Federal Disability Retirement law. Fortunately, with modern technology, including email, fax, phone, express delivery, etc., close contact with an attorney who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement law is merely a “push-button” away. In an impractical universe, it is best to use the services of practical technology. Federal Disability Retirement is a Federal issue, not a state one, and this should always be kept in mind when seeking representation in the matter. Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire… Read More …

Federal OPM Disability Retirement Lawyer: The Scent of Decay

…compels a reconstituting of loyalties and forgetfulness of past accomplishment; what you did yesterday, matters little; what you have the potential to do, matters most; what you can no longer do, destroys all mattering. For U.S. Government employees and Postal workers, the time for change comes not necessarily with the seasons of nature, but when a medical condition begins to impact one’s ability and capacity to perform all of the essential elements of one’s positional duties. Medical conditions represent vulnerability; and whether the Federal or Postal employee has the best of relationships with one’s supervisor, coworkers or the agency and department as a whole, the scent of decay immediately follows upon a diminution of productivity and potentiality. The evolutionary human… Read More …