Every Federal and Postal Disability Retirement application under FERS or CSRS is unique because of the particular medical conditions which comprise the specific factual makeup of each case.
That said, there are various “templates” out there, put out by services and attorneys, who have formulated a methodology based upon a template — often, based upon a past success or two. While templates are fine, one must always be careful that the uniqueness of a particular case is never lost. For, ultimately, every Federal and Postal disability retirement application under either FERS or CSRS inherently contains a uniqueness because of the particular complexity of the case.
As such, each case must be tailored to reflect the uniqueness of that case. There are certainly recurring themes and contextual frameworks, as well as statutory references and case-laws which repetitively apply to most, if not all, cases. But such generalized applications must nevertheless be tailored to fit and apply to the particular facts and circumstances of a case. Beware of borrowing from, or hiring someone to apply, a “One size fits all” approach. You may find that you went to the wrong tailor.
Robert R. McGill, Attorney