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If you are a federal employee and you are disabled, injured, or otherwise ill and find that you are no longer capable of performing your job (or y our supervisor/employer has determined that you are unable to perform an essential part of your job), you may be entitled to OPM Disability Retirement benefits. You may even qualify if you no longer work for the federal government.

Depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible to file if you were terminated from your position. If you have a disability and are seeking benefits, or have applied and were denied, contact our legal team at The Law Offices of Eric L. Pines, PLLC. Our Houston federal employment attorneys focus specifically on federal employment law, giving you access to knowledgeable guidance regarding your disability claim. Your future is dependent upon quality legal representation. Call our office at (888) 898-9902 today.

Who is Eligible for OPM Disability Retirement?

All federal employees are eligible for disability benefits under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or the Civil Service Retirement Service (CSRS) once they have accumulated 18 months of service for FERS or 5 years under CSRS. All disability retirement applications must be approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Only those federal employees who were hired before 1987 are under the CSRS, though they may switch to the FERS.

Unlike Social Security Disability, you do not need to be totally disabled from working to receive OPM Disability Retirement. If a physician determines you are disabled from performing at least one essential function of your position of record with the federal government, then you likely qualify. Further, your disability need not have resulted from a job-related injury or disease. Our federal employment attorneys can evaluate the specifics of your case and recommend the best way to proceed.

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Can You Continue to Work and Receive Benefits?

Another distinguishing characteristic of OPM Disability Retirement is that you can continue to work even while your application is pending or while receiving benefits. This is true even if you are placed on light duty. At The Law Offices of Eric L. Pines, PLLC, we make you aware of these details and more as you consult with us and we guide you through your claim.

Certain special circumstances require the benefit of our more than 60 years of collective experience, including:

  • Drafting reports on mental, medical, or other disabling conditions that may prevent you from performing an essential part of your job.
  • Knowing how to deal with or address preexisting conditions.
  • Keeping you eligible for performing work tasks unrelated to your current position of record.
  • Moving you toward a federal disability retirement annuity that can pay you a portion of your salary for the remaining years of your working life up to age 62.
  • Preparing doctor's letters correctly and submitting according to federal employment law.
  • Providing you with the best possible chance of having your application approved, thus avoiding delays in compensation.

We work closely with you to draft the various components of your disability application, making sure you meet all application requirements. In addition, we know how to draft your request to your employer and address any objections if they claim that it would cause an undue hardship on the employer.

Handling OPM Disability Cases 50+ Years

Our Houston attorneys have decades of experience dealing with OPM Disability Retirement cases. Our goal is to help you obtain approval of your claim at the initial application stage so you can avoid the stress of filing time-consuming appeals.

Rest assured, however, that if you are denied at the initial stage for any reason, we are well equipped to assist you with the reconsideration appeal (with the OPM) and/or the appeals with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). Fill out the application form below, or call us today for a case evaluation of your OPM Disability Retirement case.

Contact us at (888) 898-9902 to begin consulting with our skilled federal employment attorneys today. We serve clients both in Houston and nationwide.

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