Reasons for Termination of Federal Disability Benefits
Federal disability retirement benefits aren’t a given. You’ve probably gone through a hard time becoming eligible for these, and would hate to go through the process again. On top of that, you’ve probably settled down to a life of comfort and relative peace and then one day, you receive a letter in the mail informing you of the termination of your benefits. Most people never see this coming, and naturally, they doubt that this is something that can actually happen, brushing it off as an OPM mistake.
Did you have your federal disability retirement benefits taken away from you? Please call us today on 1-855-233-3002 and we’ll help reinstate them for you depending on the nature of your case.
OPM Can Cut Off Benefits In Special Circumstances
The OPM in conjunction with FERS has the power to cut off benefits in accordance with the law as well as if certain conditions occur. This is something that you should be aware of beforehand so it doesn’t come as a shock. When it happens, however, it is important to move fast and get in touch with a federal disability retirement law firm to see what you can do to appeal the decision.
Here are the most common reasons for federal disability discontinuation:
- Return To Work
If you get a position that is comparable to your previous one, you will lose your federal disability retirement benefits. That being said, you get to keep your benefits if you make 80 percent or less with regard to what you were making as a federal employee. If you pass this 80 percent threshold, your earning capacity will be considered to have been restored, making it legal to cut off your federal retirement benefits.
If you are examined and found to have recovered from your injuries, you will lose your benefits. This is because the main reason of your receiving benefits in the first place is because you were not able to take care of yourself through meaningful work in a full-time or part-time position in a federal post. Typically, OPM sends someone every year to evaluate your health, and will continue to do so until the age of 60. These benefits will stop a year after you’ve been deemed healthy by OPM.
Should you return to work due to the alleviation of your condition, you will be considered recovered and able to perform your duties to a satisfactory level. That being said, you must return to work on a full-time position, as well as be in a similar position or higher than your previous grade in order to have your benefits cut off.
Legal Help for Federal Disability Compensation Reinstatement
If none of these apply to you but still had your benefits mysteriously or contentiously cut off, you may want to contact us as soon as possible so we can investigate the matter and have your benefits reinstated. Please call us today on 1-855-233-3002 for more information on how we can help. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.