OPM Disability Retirement: OWCP, EEOC, Grievances & the Comfort Zone

Medical conditions are often accompanied by the necessity to engage in certain forums, to initiate particular legal actions, and to file for alternative means of compensation.  Actions of necessity often come in bundles, and this is natural, as a single event can spawn multiple avenues of legal relief, and reflect various responses by the Federal Agency or the U.S. Postal Service.

Thus, a medical condition — whether work related or not — can result in Agency retaliation, persecution, adverse actions, subtle changes of attitudes, etc.

It is therefore not a surprise that a Federal or Postal employee who is filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, also has parallel actions which may include the wide spectrum of a simple Grievance, to an EEO Complaint; a concurrent OWCP/Department of Labor case (for an application of compensation based upon a medical condition or injury resulting from an on-the-job incident or on an occupational disease claim, etc.); a claim of hostile work environment, retaliation; assertion of the whistleblower provision, etc.

As an attorney who specializes in obtaining Federal disability retirement benefits for Federal and Postal employees, one observes the following:  there is often a mistaken belief that being involved in parallel or alternative routes of litigation somehow delays the need — whether practically speaking, or in terms of the 1-year Statute of Limitations — for filing of Federal Disability Retirement benefits from the Office of Personnel Management.

This mistaken belief often stems from a “comfort zone” that arises — whether because OWCP is paying on a regular and monthly basis, and so the financial concern is not presently and immediately existent; or because one is continually engaged in some form of contact with the Federal Government through alternative litigation, that the 1-year requirement to file for Federal Disability Retirement benefits is automatically delayed.  The Statute of Limitations is not a sympathetic statute.

A personal comfort zone is not a basis to delay what the law requires.  Immediacy of an event should not be the basis of whether to file for a claim or not.  Planning for the future is the important basis to act, and preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits is something which every Federal or Postal employee should be considering concurrently with all other forums and avenues of compensation.  A man can do more than one thing at a time, and preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits should be one of those multiple issues to be embraced.

Don’t let a present comfort zone deny you the right of a secured future.

Sincerely,

Robert R. McGill, Esquire

One Response

  1. On March 14, 2012, I will receive my first Social security check. About Nov. 2011, I applied for Social Security early retirement. I turned 62 on Feb. 2, 2012. I have been on disability civil service retirement since 2004. I received information from the social security informing me that I would receive only $226.00 per month. I was very disappointed with that amount because I had been recieving social security statements annually. It read that I would received approximately $509.00 per month when I retire at age 62. Today, I was informed that since I was receiving civil service retirement I would be penalized and/or received an offset in payment. I shouild have received approx. $600.00. I was told that an offset payment was made and because I did not pay social security there wold be penalities. I could not file for social security disabilty because I work ed for the postal service and I was receiving civil service retirement. I understood but was disappointed. . Congreesman Gene Green and the social security informed me that is the way the law is set up. I would like to know what formula they used to compute my pay. I had paid social security prior to working for the postal service. Why take away and pentalize me what I earned prior to the postal service? Isn’t that money earned mine already. I am confused. Can anyone help me? I know the U.S. politicians are set up when the retire. It is my understanding in 1982 laws were enacted to penalize the postal employees and the teachers with their retirement. OK, I can understand the time I did not pay S.S. However, for a length nof time I did pay into S.S. that should have been frozen and I should be getting a return of what I paid into S.S. Do I need an attorney? Can some one help me?

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