Medical records can provide valuable information, and as a tool in getting a Federal Disability Retirement application under FERS or CSRS approved, it should be selectively submitted. Can it replace a medical narrative report from a treating doctor? Normally, a narrative report from one’s treating doctor — whether a specialist, a family doctor, a psychiatrist, etc. — is invaluable in preparing, formulating, and submitting a Federal Disability Retirement application under FERS or CSRS. The combination of the two, of course, is unequivocally the best-case scenario: of a medical narrative report supported by, and in consonance with, the office notes, surgical notes, treatment notes, etc.
However, it is not impossible to get a Federal Disability Retirement application under FERS or CSRS approved based upon medical records alone. If that is the only course of action left — with the alternative choices being of walking away without filing for Disability Retirement benefits — then a Federal Disability Retirement application based upon one’s medical records alone can be successfully argued, but it must be done with meticulous care, and squeezing every notation and attribution of annotations to their fullest relevance, extent and extrapolating significance.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire