Obviously, the recommendation would be to have a Federal or Postal Attorney from the beginning of the process in filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS & CSRS; however, each individual must make the determination as to what and wherein lies the necessary point of obtaining an attorney experienced in the area.
The problem which often arises is that each individual who personally experiences the medical conditions which impact his or her life, as the identical person who is filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits, feels that his or her disability retirement case is a “sure thing“. It is difficult to bifurcate and distinguish between the two: he who feels the direct impact of a medical condition will always be the only person who “knows” how that medical condition directly impacts his or her life, as distinguished from whether or not such facts and circumstances can be properly conveyed in a convincing and persuasive manner to the Office of Personnel Management. Of course, the one point of necessity is if a case needs to be filed with the Merit Systems Protection Board. An attorney is not only a necessity; it is almost impossible, in my humble opinion, for an appellant to go forward on his or her own. On the other hand, I believe the same at each point in the process. But the “necessary point” can only be determined by each individual.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire