Are all cases at the same stage of the process? Isn’t this the same question as: Are all people at the parallel stage of maturity?
As life reflects reality in varying aspects of their sliced proportions, so every case is not at the same stage of the process. Many Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers find themselves at a critical juncture in their careers, where filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits has become a necessity and a step which can no longer be delayed.
Is every case ready for filing? Likely not. Should every case be filed, ready or not? Only if the Statute of Limitations looms and necessitates it. Is there anything nefarious in “developing” a case? No. However, there can be a slight distinction, subtle as it may be, in engaging a trail of medical documentation expressly for the singular purpose of establishing a Federal Disability Retirement claim, as opposed to doing it in order to seek medical attention.
Taking care of one’s medical condition, going to doctor’s appointments and establishing a consistency of compliance with a treatment regimen — these should all, first and foremost, be engaged in with the primary purpose of obtaining the proper medical care.
From that consistency of care, case development will follow; and for Federal and Postal employees seeking to obtain Federal Disability Retirement benefits through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management under FERS, the proper time for filing an effective Federal Disability Retirement application will come naturally as the case develops, which often needs the guidance and counsel of a FERS attorney who specializes in Federal Disability Retirement Law.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire