If all roads lead to Point A, then it is obviously Point A which is of importance; the multiple roads which lead to it, while supportive and secondarily of importance, it is that critical point which must be taken care of. This principle is important to keep in mind in preparing a Federal Disability Retirement application under FERS or CSRS. What is the critical “Point A” of the process? What is that essential centrality around which everything else coalesces and points back to? That which is determined to be the foundational center of any process is that which must be thoughtfully formulated and constructed.
In a Federal Disability Retirement case, for Federal and Postal workers under FERS & CSRS, that critical “Point A” is the Standard Form 3112A — the Applicant’s Statement of Disability. Think about it for a moment. That is the form — and the opportunity — to discuss the medical conditions; how the medical conditions impact one’s inability to perform one or more of the essential elements of one’s job; whether or not your medical condition can be accommodated, etc. What is the relevance of a medical report? Its relevance surfaces only when it is explained in relation to one’s job. What is the relevance of a job description? Its relevance emerges only in relation to the explained medical condition. What is the relevance of how a medical condition impacts one’s life outside of work? Its relevance becomes apparent only in relation to its pervasiveness and described impact. All of these issues become relevant because they point back to Point A — the Applicant’s Statement of Disability.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire