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Does my supervisor have to be on board for my Disability Application to be successful?

The short answer is not necessarily.

A Supervisor’s Statement that testifies that the applicant has not been performing at a satisfactory level and cannot be accommodated is certainly an asset to an application for OPM disability retirement, but not a requirement.

At Pines Federal , we are familiar with those cases where animosity exists between supervisor and employee, or for whatever reason, the supervisor does not wish to cooperate with the federal employee who is legitimately attempting to apply for OPM disability retirement by refusing to complete the required OPM Disability 3112B statement with favorable information.

In these situations, our experienced team will focus our efforts into ensuring that the remainder of the application is fortified with rock-solid evidence of performance deficiencies, conduct issues, and/or excessive absenteeism due to the medical condition. This is accomplished by drafting an exceptionally detailed and descriptive Physician’s Statement, compiling hard evidence, and preparing a cover letter that reiterates with logical reasoning how the applicant meets the necessary requirements, along with lines explaining the inconsistency of the Supervisor’s Statement so that it can be put into perspective.

If you find yourself dealing with a weak Supervisor’s Statement, know that you can still submit a strong claim for OPM disability retirement. Pines Federal is here to help you get the results you need! Call 800-801-0593 to get an evaluation of your case.

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Eric L. Pines is a nationally recognized federal employment lawyer, mediator, and attorney business coach. He represents federal employees and acts as in-house counsel for over fifty thousand federal employees through his work as a federal employee labor union representative.

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