Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Disability Retirement: Bifurcations

People always like to bifurcate everything into neat categories: Friend or not; useful or not; Good or bad; You or me.  The binary approach, the disjunctive methodology; perhaps it is all an innate necessity for survival?

The ultimate categories of bifurcations is to live or die; to survive for another day or to cease existence; or, in a more poetic manner, Shakespeare’s, “To Be, or Not to Be” — yes, that is the question of ultimate significance; of Heidegger’s “Being or Nothingness”.  Approval or Denial.  Healthy or disabled.  Efficient worker or not. Member of “the team”, or no longer.  Neat bifurcations streamlined into a disjunctive of Kierkegaard’sEither/Or”; that is how we like life to be — or not.

For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits, the bifurcation is clear: Either suffer through as you are doing until retirement age, or file for Federal Disability retirement benefits.  The rash “third” alternative is really a very bad one: Of simply resigning and walking away with nothing to show for all of the federal service you put in.

If you have a minimum of 18 months of Federal Service, you are eligible to file for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS.  Contact a retirement lawyer who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law, and begin the process of the ultimate bifurcation: To fight for your benefit, as opposed to the unwise other — to give up.

Sincerely,

Robert R. McGill, Lawyer

 

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