The problem of a “good worker” is that they rarely prepare for a future in which he or she is not as productive as in the present time. Good workers don’t think in terms of filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS, and instead plow ahead despite the medical condition(s) , the pain, discomfort, or other signs of impending future consequences.
Federal and Postal employees work hard on a daily basis; many continue to work through their medical conditions, despite signs that they should heed, and despite warnings and protestations from their treating doctors. Yet, preparation and groundwork for a potential Federal Disability Retirement applicant is often helpful.
Some simple tips: Don’t try and mask or hide the symptoms of a medical disability or condition from your doctor. It is important for the doctor to annotate such complaints or symptoms which have manifested themselves, first for purposes of treatment, and secondarily for purposes of establishing a history of the condition.
Further, don’t think that hard work in and of itself will engender irreversible loyalty from your Agency. If a future time comes when you need the support of your Agency in filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS, don’t expect the Agency to suddenly show an undying sense of loyalty for all of those years of work and sacrifice; more likely, an Agency will show an acute sense of selective amnesia.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire