When you suffer a disabling, permanent or intractable injury as a federal worker, retiring from active duty may be a reasonable thing to do given the fact that you may not be able to work at all going forward. To this end, OPM, or the Office of Personnel Management has, through federal employee retirement system, made it possible for terminally injured postal workers and other federal workers to apply for and receive federal disability retirement if they qualify, and if their condition is present in the list of accepted medical conditions.
Are you looking for an injured postal worker attorney? If you suffered a catastrophic injury that brought on permanent or extensive disability, federal disability retirement may be the right form of compensation for you. At McCready, Garcia & Leet, we’ve helped hundreds of injured postal workers just like you apply and qualify for compensation so they can recover and return to work, or get into retirement. If you’d like your FREE gift of a telephone consultation with one of our friendly injured postal worker lawyers, call us NOW at 1-855-233-3002.
OPM Disability Cases – Resources Stretched Too Thinly
It is estimated that OPM looks at over 15,000 retirement applications during any given year. This may sound like a small amount until you realize that only 16 officers within OPM handle these applications. This means that cases may be overlooked or not be given the attention they duly deserve, resulting in injured postal workers receiving an insufficient amount of compensation which may put a strain on an individual’s living situation and subsequently, their health.
Here’s a list of some of the most common accepted conditions by OPM:
- Rheumatoid and other forms of arthritis
- Lumbar disc and cervical disease
- Cardiac issues
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Sleep apnea
- Failed back syndrome
- Chronic and diffuse pain
- …and so much more.
Stress and Mental Health Claims and FERS
According to FERS, there is no demarcation or separation between physical and psychological or psychiatric diseases. They are treated equally, and having a mental health issue doesn’t invalidate or limit what you can receive. To this end, if you suffer from major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, delusional disorder, clinical anxiety, schizophrenia, Asperger’s, PTSD, agoraphobia and other similar conditions, you are just as eligible for compensation when compared to someone who has a physical condition.
Qualifying for OPM Disability
In order to qualify for federal disability retirement, you are required to show, with your federal disability retirement attorney a clear link between your medical issue and the work activity that caused it or is currently aggravating it. In addition, you are required to show that your injury or health complication hinders your ability to carry out work-related activities.
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There’s so much more we haven’t talked about in this post regarding OPM disability retirement. This is due to the fact that every case is unique and will have to be looked over by a best OPM disability attorney. Need to speak with one of our experienced federal disability retirement attorneys? Call 1-855-233-3002 NOW to receive your FREE and no-commitment consultation. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.