There is that obnoxious scene in a nightmare of anguish: Of being stuck perpetually in a lane not moving, then turning and seeing an individual “cheating” the system by speeding down the HOV lane, laughing, carefree and unconcerned about being caught and ticketed.
Life’s rule includes the following, or seemingly does: That there are certain individuals who seem to “breeze” through life without the trials and traumas most of us have to go through. Atticus, of course, cautioned that you never know what a person is experiencing until you walk in his shoes, and perhaps that is right. Is there such a thing as a “problem-free” lane, or a care-free zone? Are there lives which never have to face the problems seemingly inherent and commonly resplendent throughout most of everyone else’s?
Perhaps we fantasize about being wealthy — as if money would solve all of the ills which beset. Is there a trade-off? What if you became wealthy but became sick? Well, you say, then grant me 2 wishes — wealth and good health. Then another problem arises: Your loved ones are vulnerable. So you want 3 wishes, instead: wealth, good health and protection for all of your loved ones. Will that make you happy, or will life still present you with another lane that brings about a trial of unhappiness?
For Federal employees and U.S,. Postal workers who suffer from a medical condition such that the medical condition prevents the Federal or Postal employee from performing one or more of the essential elements of one’s Federal position, the idea of the “problem-free lane” of life is an unknown quantity. Life is full of problems. There is the medical condition itself; there is the loss of one’s employment capacity; and then, there is the problem of trying to meet the eligibility criteria for Federal Disability Retirement benefits.
Life doesn’t provide a problem-free lane, and if you are considering filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits, consult with an attorney who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement in order to limit the problems to the extent possible in preparing, formulating and filing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire