Attention Injured Federal Workers – All You Need to Know About Retirement Benefits
The truth is, nobody expects to suffer a life-changing injury, and no-one expects to retire early as a result of it. However, life, with its unpredictable nature, happens, and when it does, you as an injured federal worker are covered under FERS legislation which will provide you with benefits for as long as you can prove that you are functionally disabled and can no longer work in a similar capacity with the federal government.
Looking for legal help with federal disability retirement compensation? Our best FERS disability attorneys are here to answer all your questions at NO COST to you. Please give us a call NOW at (773) 825-3605 and speak with us regarding the whole process, and get to hear from us why it’s always a good idea to have legal representation for the entirety of this process compared to representing yourself.
The Office of Personnel Management, also known as OPM in short, is responsible for handling federal disability retirement claims and approving or rejecting them. This program is perfect for those federal workers who may have suffered a severe injury and those who may have developed an occupational illness that makes it virtually impossible for them to go back to work. Early retirement only makes sense in these cases, as working through the pain, trauma or disability will set you up for even more health complications down the line.
Here are the main requirements of federal disability retirement:
- You must have worked for the federal government for over 18 months
- You must have suffered an injury leading to disability preventing you from carrying out your work duties
- Your injury and disability must be forecast to endure for a year or more
- There must be no way to accommodate you within the federal government, at a similar position within your commuting radius, and within the same federal agency
- You must be a recipient of SSD benefits or apply and get approved for the same.
Here’s How We Can Help You Apply and Get Retirement Benefits
What’s great about federal disability retirement is that applying for it doesn’t disqualify you for federal workers’ compensation benefits. Therefore, we usually advise our clients to apply for both through us; doing so also protects you should OWCP decide to terminate your benefits since FERS benefits will shortly become activated. Need more information? Simply give us a call NOW at (773) 825-3605 to get more information on how to get started with the whole process as an injured and disabled federal worker. We look forward to hearing from you.