If you are a federal employee who is suffering from a disability that prevents you from performing the essential functions of your job duties, you may be eligible for retirement under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS).
An initial application must be filed with the Employing Agency or the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in order to receive disability benefits. If your initial application is denied, it is possible to appeal the decision.
ELIGIBILITY FOR OPM DISABILITY RETIREMENT
Certain requirements must be met in order for a federal employee to be eligible for disability retirement, including the following:
- Holding a federal position for at least 18 months
- Your doctor determines your medical disability will last for as least the next year
- You are unable to perform the essential functions of your job
- Your agency is not able to accommodate your reasonable accommodation request or your medical restrictions
It is important to note that an injury, disability, disease or illness does not have to occur at work or during the course of your job duties in order to qualify for disability retirement. Let our attorney discuss your medical conditions with you to see what may qualify you to receive OPM (FERS) Disability Retirement,
While you do not need an attorney to assist you with OPM Disability Retirement we can assist you in completing the pertinent forms, reviewing your medical records and assisting your doctor with the pertinent language that OPM will require in order to approve your application.
APPEALING A DENIAL FROM OPM
If the OPM denies your initial application for disability retirement, there are still options available. We can help you request a reconsideration from the OPM of your initial claim. If, after reconsideration, the OPM still denies your claim, an appeal may be made to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). We can help guide you through the initial application process and handle matters related to your appeal, if necessary. In every case, we will work hard to protect your interests.
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