Federal and Postal Disability Retirement: Upon a Signpost

my claim.I have applied for my job of 10 years as materials handler and was not well qualified,and for a driving position and was not qualified. I was unaware of the time limit for federal disability retirement . I am having a very hard time trying to find employment to provide for my family. I have found that I have no options, I am disabled and have been discriminated against and ignored and mislead. James When you are removed, terminated,or fired from a federal job that you sustained an injury from Human Resourses should have an instruction booklet on how to apply for unemployment benefits ,workers compensation benefits and explain that there are federal disability benefits and civilian disability benefits…. Read More …

Disability Retirement for Federal Workers: SSDI Impact

in Mar 2011 and received 22,000.00. On June 6th I received a letter that i was excepted for Disability retirement. I Received a letter From OPM on Sept 30 2011, stating that i am eligble to receive a FERS Annuity, to choose Fers or OWCP.It states,We suspended your benefits on 02/09/2008….. that date was my last day in pay status…. what does we suspended your benefits mean, i never received any benefits this sentence below also has me confused. Please return this form as soon as possible so we may take final action on your claim for benefits, we reinstate your benefits or terminate this account. Please answer soon i have to mail this back but i’m scared. Thankyou, Donna… Read More …

Medical Retirement Benefits for US Government Employees: Filing within the Statute of Limitations

a process of personnel actions, resulting in an SF 50 being issued informing the Federal employee of his or her separation from Federal Service. From that point on, the Federal or Postal employee has one (1) year to file for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS. Remember, if you don’t file for it, you can’t make any arguments about your Disability Retirement application. While there are limitations as to amending or supplementing a Federal Disability Retirement application after it has been file, there is not a scintilla of a chance to argue, amend or supplement if you don’t meet the minimum requirement — i.e., filing for it within the 1-year Statute of Limitations. Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire… Read More …

Medical Retirement Benefits for US Government Employees: Filing

The actual filing of a FERS Disability Retirement application with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, can be rather anti-climactic, precisely because the prospective anticipation is merely beaten down by the long wait and the extended period of inactivity. Thus, in the prior two phases of the administrative process — the “preparation and formulation” part of it — the engagement in obtaining and completing the forms, presenting in written form and putting the entire Federal Disability Retirement application together, creates an appearance of progressively working towards a goal. Once filed — if still with the agency or within thirty one (31) days of being separated from the Federal Agency or the U.S. Postal Service —… Read More …

OPM Disability Retirement: Applicant’s Statement & Essential Elements

When an applicant for FERS & CSRS Federal Disability Retirement benefits begins to craft his or her Applicant’s Statement of Disability, certain foundational questions must be considered before composing the historical, emotional, substantive and impact-descriptive narrative. For instance, to the legal criteria, To be eligible for Federal Disability Retirement Benefits, one must show that one’s medical conditions prevent one from performing one or more of the essential elements of one’s job — the initial and most foundational question obviously is: What are the “essential elements” of one’s job? Now, that may seem like a simple — even simplistic — question. One needs only to look at the official position description and pick out the major factors of the position. If… Read More …

FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement: Failing to Follow “Reasonable Treatment”

Laurie Davis We previously spoke some time ago about filing for disability retirement based on cervical herniated discs (3). I am filing an OWCP claim and have a doctor supporting my claim for occupational disease. Should I file for OPM disability concurrently with the OWCP claim? I am still working and have no performance issues, though my attendance has deteriorated primarily due to treatment and medications. On my attendance, I am still not considered to have a problem – just a lot of absences. What do I need to have in hand before contacting you for representation?… Read More …

Disability Retirement for Federal Government Employees: FERS & SSDI Filing

At some point in the process of filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS (CSRS is exempted from this particular aspect), the Federal or Postal employee must file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. FERS employees are under the Social Security System, and the reason behind the requirement of filing is to see whether or not the Federal or Postal employee will concurrently be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Most Federal and Postal employees are not eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, because the higher standard of “total disability” does not apply to the Federal or Postal employee who is filing under FERS, which has a lower standard of being unable to, because of a medical condition,… Read More …

Medical Retirement Benefits for US Government Employees: Misinformation

of benefits between SSDI and FERS. Thus, it is ultimately merely a payment/compensation issue. Filing for SSDI is not in reality a prerequisite for filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits, but merely a check upon a coordination of payment benefits if both are approved. In this vast universe of information, one must expect a correlative dissemination of misinformation; like the black hole in the greater universe of thriving galaxies and dying planetary systems, one can be sucked into the void of ignorance and suffer irreparable consequences as a result. That is why Captain Kirk needed to be periodically beamed up — if only to make sure that the molecular reconstitution was properly performed in order to continue on in life…. Read More …

FERS Disability Retirement Attorney: The Social Security Requirement

without Pay, the filing for Social Security disability benefits becomes an anomaly, a puzzle and a conundrum, precisely because of the following: Ultimately, the reason why Social Security disability benefits must be applied for, is to see whether or not a coordinating “offset” between FERS Disability Retirement benefits and Social Security disability benefits will be appropriately imposed (a 100% offset in the first year of concurrent receipt of benefits where the annuity rate for the FERS Disability Retirement annuitant is set at 60% of the average of one’s highest-3 consecutive years of service; then, every year thereafter, a 60% offset during each year of concurrent receipt of Federal Disability Retirement benefits at the Federal Disability Retirement annuity rate of 40%… Read More …