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While employed in a position subject to FERS, the employee must have become disabled because of a medical condition, resulting in a deficiency in performance, conduct, or attendance”

So says OPM in listing the five absolute requirements for Disability Retirement eligibility.

This condition seems to be quite simple to meet, and it is – if your doctor penning the Physician’s Statement is knowledgeable in how to present the facts for your OPM Disability Retirement application.

Understanding the OPM Disability Retirement Appeals Process

I have recently viewed two separate affidavits that were provided to me by new clients who had requested the support of their doctors prior to appealing to Pines Federal for assistance. These letters were both extremely brief, missing critical information necessary for their patients to be considered for eligibility. Worse though was that the doctors had unwittingly invalidated their patients’ chances by describing the experience of debilitating symptoms before the start date of federal employment!

Such statements, if accurate, would be fine, however, the doctors neglected to add that the conditions had progressed and became exacerbated during federal employment. This minor addition would have made all the difference and would have demonstrated to OPM that the applicant meets this detail in the above requirement.

How Can Pines Federal Help with the OPM Process?

Pines Federal works assiduously to draft a Physician’s Statement on behalf of our client’s doctors, not to misrepresent the facts, but to assist the doctors in presenting their patients’ realities in a way that will not sabotage their chances to win what they rightfully deserve.

Don’t risk your opportunity to be awarded thousands of dollars over your lifetime for the temporary convenience of bypassing the vital guidance of a knowledgeable law firm such as Pines Federal.

Contact us at (800) 801-0598 to see how you can make your OPM Disability Retirement application even stronger.

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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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