In every writing endeavor, there arises over time an identification of the efficacy of certain key words and phrases. The problem with such identification, however, is that the deliberate extrapolation and insertion of such “keys” will often lead to over usage, inapplicable repetition, and loss of effectiveness resulting from the very recognition of the centrality and importance of such words and phrases.
In preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, there is often a tendency to want to know what the “key” is to the successful outcome of a Federal Disability Retirement case. It is like searching for the entrance to a secret passage: we believe that if X is discovered, inserted into the proper keyhole, then the mysteries of that which we fail to understand will be opened. But proper flow and substantive appropriateness of any medical terms must always be considered within a greater context.
Ultimately, it is not any particular word or phrase which leads one onto the path of success in a Federal Disability Retirement case; rather, it is the substantive conceptual underpinnings behind such words and phrases which matter. Not the words themselves; nor the phrases which describe; rather, the meaning behind such words and phrases within the context of the entirety of one’s medical condition — that is the key to a Federal Disability Retirement case.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire