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One of the most common situations I encounter as a federal employee attorney/lawyer is when an employee suffering from some type of traumatic injury, medical condition or disability contacts my law offices and tells me that he or she is suffering from some type of illness or disability that is effecting his or her ability to perform some or all of the duties of his federal job. I usually follow up with a series of questions, there is a specific reason behind each of these questions that I intend to explain in the next series of blog posts:

1. What agency do you work for?

2. How long have you worked for your agency?

3. How long have you worked for the federal government?

4. What is your position?

5. Are you a FERS or CSRS employee?

6. What is your medical condition? Is it a short term or long term injury or disease?

7. Are you able to provide your agency with useful and efficient service? And if so for at least a year?

8. Can you perform the essential functions of your job?

9. Can you think of an accommodation that would assist you perform the essential functions of your job?

10. Were you injured at work?

11. Have you filed an OWCP – Federal Workers Compensation Claim on this issue?

12. When do you turn 62 and what is your Minimum Retirement Age or MRA?

13. Most importantly, why did you contact an attorney?

All of these questions have an important purpose for a federal employee attorney/lawyer who is trying to assist the disabled federal employee. In the next series of blogs I will flesh out why I ask each question.

It is very important that the Law Offices of Eric L. Pines, PLLC notes that each and every Federal Employee’s claim is different. Just because the Law Offices of Eric L. Pines, PLLC was able to secure substantial past-due benefits for one Federal Employee does not mean or imply that we will be able to do so for you. In some cases, the Law Offices of Eric L. Pines, PLLC may not be able to secure any financial compensation or past-due benefits due to the facts or law of your particular 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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