Ultimately, the doctor who is necessary is the one who will be supportive. Whenever the question is asked of me whether it is “necessary” to have the support of this or that doctor, my answer is generic in nature: It is better to have one excellent narrative report in support of one’s Disability Retirement Application, than to have 5 mediocre or lukewarm reports. Excellence in a Federal Disability Retirement application is encapsulated by the level of passion and support by the treating doctor. The character and texture of a medical report is not just a set of factual listings of medical conditions and a dry statement of an opinion; rather, the underlying sense of a doctor’s firm and passionate belief in a patient is often evident in the intangible underpinnings of a good report. There are simply some reports written by a doctor where one knows that it is improbable that the Office of Personnel Management will want to entangle themselves in; the unequivocal voice, tone and tenor of such a report can make the difference between getting an initial approval of an Application for Federal Disability Retirement under FERS or CSRS, or a denial, resulting in the necessity of going to another stage of the process.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire