FERS Disability Retirement for Civilian Federal Employees: Articulation

How does one convey with distinctiveness  and clarity, with impactful word-pictures, of a private experience to a person who has never endured such existential stimuli?

Pain; depression; panic attacks; anxiety of a heightened level so severe that it impacts one’s judgment, cognitive processes and mental acuity — how can they be articulated in a manner comprehensible, and with clarity and rendition of relatedness?

The realm of medical conditions is often conceptually divided between subjective/objective issues — of that which can be established by diagnostic testing, physical manifestations (e.g., spasms, bleeding, images of white matter, lesions, etc.), and those issues which are merely verbalized but cannot be ascertained in any other ways than by the articulation of the patient — “feelings”; of pain; of vertigo; of nausea, etc.

For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who are considering filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the issue of articulation — effective articulation — of one’s medical condition, is a separate matter from the medical condition itself.  Remember: an OPM Federal Disability Retirement application is a “paper presentation” — an articulation — of one’s case.

Contact an OPM Disability Lawyer who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law, and make sure that the bridge between “having” a medical condition, and articulating that medical condition, is effectively crossed.

Sincerely,

Robert R. McGill, Esquire

 

Federal & Postal Disability Retirement: Agency’s Accommodations

The term itself is often misleading.  Agencies often believe that they are “accommodating” a Federal or Postal employee’s medical conditions by allowing for flexibility in leave usage; by not objecting to use of FMLA; by temporarily allowing for “light duty”, etc.  But do such actions rise to the level of a legal accommodation?  Does allowing for assertion and use of an already-existing legal right meet the standard of a workplace accommodation? Do the accommodations provided allow the Federal or Postal employee to continue to perform all of the essential elements of one’s Federal or Postal position?

Such questions, and many more, go directly to the heart of the matter when an individual files for Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS.  The answers to all such questions concerning Workplace Accommodations provided by the Federal Agency or the Postal Service can have a severe impact upon a person’s ability or inability to obtain a Federal Disability Retirement benefit from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Consult with a FERS Disability Retirement Lawyer and begin the process of preparing, formulating and filing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application.

Sincerely,

Robert R. McGill, Esquire