The complexities surrounding preparation of a Federal Disability Retirement application are endless: concerns about the preparation of a proper medical narrative report by the doctor; making sure that the applicant’s Statement of Disability is properly stated to accurately and insightfully reflect the medical condition of the Applicant; being prepared to cite proper legal authority when needed; knowing what information to provide and having enough wisdom to hold back information which is either irrelevant or insignificant, or contrary to proving your case; knowing that certain information may be kept for better use at a Reconsideration Stage if needed; and the Supervisor’s Statement.
As to the latter, it is important to have the certainty that inasmuch as an Applicant for Disability Retirement rarely has any control (or, for that matter, influence) over what is stated in a Supervisor’s Statement, it is important not to worry about it. Instead, the energy and effort put into gather the necessary medical information and formulating a presentable and convincing disability retirement application should focus upon the medical documentation, the Statement of Disability, and the legal nexus between the two. Disregard the things which are beyond one’s control; focus upon those things which an Applicant can control — and, if possible, get good legal advice.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire