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What would disqualify me from FERS Disability Retirement benefits? Part 2

What would disqualify me from FERS Disability Retirement benefits? Part 2

Sometimes federal employees hoping to receive Disability Retirement (DR) benefits unfortunately make an employment decision that can render them disqualified for DR benefits according to OPM’s criteria. Here are a few “Do’s” and “Don’ts” that can make or break your DR application:

DO:

Be up front with your agency about your medical conditions and how they are preventing you from successfully performing your duties, attending work, or conducting yourself in a professional manner. (*Important Tip: It is crucial to keep records of any correspondence you have with your agency regarding your performance, attendance, conduct, or medical conditions.)

DON’T:

“Grin it and bear it” until you are forced to resign because you cannot work another day. Although you still have a chance of being approved for DR benefits if this happens, it makes your claim harder to be approved if your agency has no idea that you were suffering from a disabling medical condition.

Engaging an experienced law firm is another recommended step when dealing with the complex and nuanced criteria for OPM Disability Retirement. Contact Pines Federal at (888) 898-9902 for skilled guidance in all areas of the OPM Disability Retirement application process.

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