Fighting for the Disability Rights of Federal Employees in Los Angeles
OPM Disability Retirement, also known as Federal Disability Retirement, is administered through the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Federal employees under both the FERS (Federal Employee Retirement System) and CSRS (Civil Service Retirement System) are eligible to apply for disability retirement through OPM.
What Is OPM Disability?
OPM Disability is a benefit that will pay you a percentage of your income through age 62 or until your disability resolves, whichever is sooner. Whether your impairment is caused by injury or disease, you may be entitled to this benefit.
If the claim is approved, you are eligible for 60% of pre-disability income for the first year and 40% every year thereafter while disabled.
Proving eligibility is difficult and time consuming. Our skilled team at Pines Federal can verify whether you potentially qualify and then outline in specific detail why your OPM Disability claim should be approved. OPM also requires that you file for Social Security Disability benefits. We have extensive knowledge in applying for SSD as well.
Eligibility is based on several factors, including:
- You have been employed at least 18 months under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)
- You became disabled during your employment
- The disability is expected to last at least one year
- The employing agency cannot accommodate your disability in your current position
- There is no other available position at the same pay grade for which you qualify
Timing Is Important
You have one year from the date of disability to submit the required forms to OPM. If you are currently employed by an agency or it’s been one month or less since you stopped work, application is made through that agency. If it’s been longer since you have worked, application is made directly to OPM.
If you have already applied for disability retirement but have been denied, we can strategize a response during an appeals process. Timing is again crucial. You have only 30 days to request OPM to reconsider your application and provide additional documentation and evidence to bolster your claim. Further appeals can go before the Merit Systems Protection Board and even up to federal circuit court. Having veteran legal help with a focus in disability claims could make the difference in whether your claim is approved.
Once you have been approved for OPM Disability Retirement, the process isn’t over. OPM may also require periodic medical updates while you are receiving benefits. Benefits can be suspended if you don’t comply and establish continuing eligibility for disability retirement.
Voice for Disabled Federal Employees
Defending the rights of the disabled is a special focus of our legal professionals at Pines Federal. OPM, SSD, and fighting for Disability Reasonable Accommodation are a few of the areas where we target our deep knowledge of federal employment laws.
We assist clients nationwide and are backed by a collective 50 years of experience. Our Los Angeles OPM disability lawyers stay continuously updated on changing laws and regulations within the federal government and all its agencies, including all the branches of the military.
Our talented advocates are ready to fight for our clients’ disability retirement benefits.
To connect with a member of our team who can help you with your disability claim, complete our online form. If you prefer, we’re available by phone at (800) 801-0598.