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Sometimes federal employees hoping to receive Disability Retirement (DR) benefits unfortunately make an employment decision that can render them disqualified for DR benefits according to OPM’s criteria. Here are a few “Do’s” and “Don’ts” that can make or break your DR application:


Engage in the official Reasonable Accommodation process if your medical condition is preventing you from performing your duties or attending work.


Decline an offer of Reasonable Accommodation. Instead, you should respond to your agency that their offer is insufficient based on medical reasons and propose new parameters that would work better for you.

Engaging an experienced law firm is another recommended step when dealing with the complex and nuanced criteria for OPM Disability Retirement. Contact Pines Federal at (888) 898-9902 for skilled guidance in all areas of the OPM Disability Retirement application process.

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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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