Not every case can be won. Attorneys often like to present a positive face for each case, and should when there are clear merits to the unique set of facts and legal criteria applicable to any particular case; but the fact is, one can read of countless trials in newspapers, legal periodicals and electronic media, and realize that not all cases result in a verdict, settlement or conclusion favorable to the initiating litigant (one could, of course, argue that as there are always two or more parties to any legal controversy, that there is always a “winner” — just not you).
Whether because of unforeseen factual turns and twists; witnesses who blurted out something harmful without necessarily being true; an unsympathetic judge assigned; or, in a Federal Disability Retirement case, a doctor who turns out to be less than supportive than one first imagined; whatever the ultimate cause or reason, the plain fact is that there is no attorney in the universe who can offer an unmitigated guarantee to the outcome of any given case.
The best which can be done is to provide an objective assessment; an explanation of the law; a sound description of the legal process; and an effort which rises above the level of mere competency.
For Federal and Postal employees contemplating filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, whether under FERS or CSRS, selection of an attorney to represent one’s interests may be a critical factor for one’s future.
Ultimately, however, it is the Federal or Postal employee who, in his or her “heart of hearts”, will know the strength, validity and merits of one’s own case; and while not every case is meant to be won, it is nevertheless a truism in Federal Disability Retirement law that the majority of cases truly have merit, and that truth will prevail in the end.
Robert R. McGill
Federal Disability Lawyer