Whether justified or not, the conceptual interconnection between objectivity and credibility is inseparable. This general rule is no different in filing a Federal Disability Retirement application under FERS or CSRS. The appearance of objectivity naturally lends itself to credibility of an application. If too much emotional fervor is infused into an application, the credibility of the application is immediately undermined. Now, because any discussion concerning a medical condition, the impact of a particular medical condition upon one’s ability or inability to perform one or more of the essential elements of a job; impact upon one’s personal life, etc., inherently and necessarily encapsulates an emotional perspective, does this mean that most — if not all — disability retirement applications are somewhat undermined at the outset? No, of course not. The characterization of the application; the tone, tenor and approach, are all conveyed in the narrative of the application. This is precisely why it is often dangerous for applicant to be one and the same as the person who prepares the Federal Disability Retirement application. The subjective cannot become the objective without great effort; and few are able to expend the proper effort to effectuate the balanced tone of objectivity.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire