By haste do we regret; by unthinking actions do we abide the fool. Have you seen the sign often placed at the Clerk’s window at the local courthouse? It will read something to the effect of: “Your procrastination does not create my emergency”.
Reactive responses, whether based upon a “real” emergency or one which seemingly appears so, are often the basis for later regrets and irreparable damage. It is like the rule that everyone should follow in sending emails or posting comments on the Internet: Wait a day; sleep on it; set it aside for later consideration.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who are considering filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS, the reactive response is often the fatal one. Unless it is to meet a statute of limitations deadline, or to respond to an issue with a specific timeframe, most considerations which arise in a disability retirement application are rarely true emergencies and can be thoughtfully approached and resolved.
Robert R. McGill
Federal Disability Attorney