Issues revolving around the initial application stage, during the application stage, and after the approval, are often of equal importance. This is because the approval of a Federal Disability Retirement application under FERS or CSRS will ensure the financial and economic survival and viability of the Federal or Postal employee. Thus, in the pre-approval stage of the process, it is often good to engage in some future planning: How hard will I fight for Social Security Disability? Will I be getting a part-time job to supplement my income? Where will I live? During the process of obtaining disability retirement, there is the long wait, and the ability to remain financially afloat while receiving little or no financial support. Post-approval, there are issues of the potential for receiving a Medical Questionnaire from the Office of Personnel Management. Whether the current doctor will continue to be supportive, or will I move and need to find another doctor? Because getting Federal disability retirement benefits is a life-long process, it is important to get sound legal advice from a competent attorney throughout the process — pre, during, and post process.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire