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Disability Retirement - Steve Barszcz, Esq. - FREE CONSULATATION.

Federal employees need not be totally disabled to receive OPM disability retirement benefits.  If you are disabled from performing one or more of the essential elements of your job you may be entitled to benefits.  Here are the requirements of OPM Disability Retirement:

  1. 18 months of service under FERS or 5 years of service under CSRS
  2. disabled by a medical condition
  3. the condition is expected to last at least one year
  4. the employer cannot accommodate the disabling medical condition
  5. claimant did not decline reasonable offer of reassignment

If you receive OPM disability retirement you can still go out and earn up to 80% of what your former position currently pays and continue to receive your disability benefits.  For example, you can earn up to $32,000 per year and receive OPM disability retirement if your former position currently pays $40,000 per year.

OPM benefits are paid at 60% of your wages the first year and at 40% for each year following. The rate of pay is based on the average of your best three years of wages.  FERS recipients must also apply for Social Security Disability since they paid into the system and may be entitled to draw from the Social Security system as well. 

In order to receive OPM disability retirement, you must effectively present the following to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for consideration :

  1.  Your statement of disability
  2.  Your supervisor's statement
  3.  Your physician's statement of disability
  4.  Agency statement regarding reassignment or accommodation
  5.  Disability retirement application checklist

** SPECIAL NOTE **  -  You have only 1 year from the date of your termination or separation from federal service to apply for OPM disability retirement.  Your failure to apply for OPM Disability Retirement within one year will forever preclude you from the benefits.

Considerations -

  • you can include all work related and non-work related conditions for consideration by OPM
  • you can be working when you apply for OPM disability retirement
  • you don't have to be totally disabled to receive OPM disability retirement
  • you can receive OPM disability retirement and a schedule award concurrently

Problems and Hangups 

We have seen federal employees denied OPM Disability Retirement for many reasons.  Here are some of the standard problems:

  • your physician fails to provide a detailed medical history
  • your physician fails to provide past and current physical findings
  • your physician fails to provide a diagnosis of your conditions
  • your physician fails to document why you aren't able to perform your specific job duties
  • your physician fails to provide specific restrictions and explain how they apply specifically to your job duties
  • your employer fails to provide necessary documentation
  • your employer incorrectly provides an actual job was open, available and within your restrictions
  • your employer incorrectly provides you turned down a reassigned position

We provide a FREE consulation to discuss your possibilities of applying for and receiving OPM disability retirement.  If you wish to proceed, we prosecute your claim, from beginning to end for 4 payments of $550. Please complete the form below and we will provide you with our legal opinion, at no charge, as to whether or not you may be eligible to obtain OPM disability retirement now.    



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