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It seems to make perfect sense. A three-inch high stack of medical documentation should be more convincing to the OPM Disability Retirement examiner than just 20 pages of diagnostic testing and hospitalization discharge reports, right?

The answer is, not necessarily.

Picture the OPM examiner analyzing your OPM Disability Retirement package next to her 50 other applications due that month. When there is an overwhelming amount of medical documents, the examiner will likely brief over the pages in the best-case scenario, and just ignore all but the first pages in the worst case. This true-to-life situation will result in the examiner missing key evidence. Additionally, there are generally many irrelevant pages of information in medical files, which, upon review, can detract from the seriousness of the disabling condition. Furthermore, the OPM examiner is not a doctor, and will be unable to interpret raw diagnostic results, making much of the medical evidence ineffective at best and frustrating the claims examiner at worst.

A focused, yet descriptive Physician’s statement, along with attachments that directly relate to claims made in the letter while citing interpretation of diagnostic testing, is the antidote to prevent the above-mentioned depiction.

Pines Federal has been extremely successful at using this model to win OPM Disability Retirement for their clients. A clear understanding of the full process of OPM is vital. Call 800-801-0598 or office@pinesfederal.com to benefit from a law firm with extensive experience.

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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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