This is a legal process. Don’t be fooled with the following: “Yes, it is just a matter of filling out a few forms. Get your medical records, complete the forms and submit it all to your Human Resource’s Office”. But what about the decades and decades of case-law and legal precedents surrounding the Federal Disability Retirement process?
Don’t be fooled — The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is not in existence to merely rubber-stamp each Federal Disability Retirement application submitted by Federal and Postal employees under FERS. Rather, OPM is determined to find an excuse — any excuse — to deny the claim and to make it appear as though you never had a chance at qualifying.
If your attendance has become a problem, OPM will argue that your medical conditions are not serious enough to warrant your inability to make it into work. If you have stellar performance reviews, OPM will point to them and argue that, See? Your Agency says you are doing a great job, and therefore your medical conditions are not serious enough to preclude you from performing your job duties.
If “conduct” is ever an issue, OPM will point to it and say, So you got into trouble with your agency and now you are trying to fool everyone into believing that you have a medical condition. Again — don’t be fooled.
OPM Federal Retirement is a serious legal process, and you should be forewarned that you will need an attorney to argue your case for you.
Robert R. McGill
Lawyer exclusively representing Federal and Postal employees to secure their Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.