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From the complete OPM disability retirement application package, the SF 3112C and supporting documentation (Physician’s Statement) is the key player in determining the outcome of an application’s status.


The main thrust of an OPM disability retirement application is the following: “I cannot perform the duties and responsibilities of my position description as a direct result of my medical condition, and I therefore should be awarded disability retirement.”

The Physician’s Statement explores this claim, and explains why this is true. The OPM examiners focus heavily on this statement, as it does not only rely on the applicant’s subjective viewpoint, but presents an unbiased view of the medical professional with evidence to back up the assertions.

Pines Federal team understands how vital the Physician’s Statement is to the success of an application, and has developed a fine-tuned process for drafting a detailed statement on behalf of our clients’ doctors. Our overwhelming statistics of client satisfaction and approval by medical practitioners are proof that we’ve hit on the perfect recipe.

We have seen that doctors are generally busy with immediate concerns in their practices, and often don’t have the time or expertise to create a convincing statement for OPM. Using extensive knowledge of the requirements for OPM disability retirement as well as the method used for weighing the arguments and evidence, Pines Federal has taken the initiative of drafting an exceptionally strong preliminary physician’s statement for our clients. The statement is submitted to the doctor in a completely editable format for an accuracy review and final signing.

Contact Pines Federal to see how you can put your best foot forward in your OPM disability retirement application and observe firsthand how smooth and seamless the process can be with a knowledgeable law firm at your side! Call 800-898-9902 or fill out a case evaluation form.

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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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