Accuracy and creativity are not mutually exclusive approaches; one often thinks that the former relates to more ‘technical’, non-fiction genres, while the latter encompasses the areas of fiction and similar writings. But being scrupulously accurate while describing an event in ‘creative’ terms can go hand-in-hand.
In preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Employee Disability Retirement benefits from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, one should not feel constrained in properly and fully expressing one’s medical condition and its impact upon one’s ability/inability to perform one or more of the essential elements of one’s position within the agency, based upon either the questions posed by the Applicant’s Statement of Disability (SF 3112A both for CSRS and FERS employees), or by the admonition that technical accuracy is paramount.
Of course, truth should always be the guide; but where subjectivity must necessarily be an element present throughout one’s descriptive attempt at conveying the nexus between the medical condition, the position description, and the impact one has upon the other, the reluctance to use descriptive adjectives should not be a constraining element.
In formulating one’s case, one should be creative and forceful in describing the profound impact of one’s medical condition upon one’s life. On the other hand, brevity and succinctness are characteristics which are often most effective; but that is another story altogether.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire
OPM Disability Retirement Lawyer