Expectations are a peculiar phenomena in the human mind: it occurs through a history of past experiences; tempered by present circumstances; projected through rational evaluation and analysis of past perspectives and present conditions. One’s record of fulfilled expectations, as against failed or unforeseen ones, portend the validity of future such thoughts.
While medical conditions themselves may not meet the criteria of an expected event, once it becomes a part of one’s existential condition, it is important to evaluate resulting and consequential events, circumstances and causal relationships in order to make plans for one’s future. One must not ruminate about the unfortunate course of events for too long; there is further work to be done.
In preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, medical determinations must be made as to future expectations which will impact present circumstances: Will the condition last for a minimum of 12 months? What are the chances of recovery from the condition such that sufficiency of rehabilitation will result in returning to work and being able to perform all of the essential elements of one’s job? How will the agency act/react (not too much in terms of expectations should be considered on this issue)? What can one expect in terms of a Federal Disability Retirement annuity? And many other questions which will need to be addressed in order to bring to fore the past, project it into the future, such that decisions impacting the present can be made.
Expectations: It is where the past, present and future coalesce in the fertile human mind for purposes of decision-making, thereby confirming Aristotle’s dictum that we are not merely animals, but rational animals with a teleological bent.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire