The decision to finally go forward and start the process of filing for FERS Disability Retirement is often a hard one. One needs to consider multiple factors, and the process of deciding to move forward in and of itself can be a complicated one.
Such factors as the medical condition itself and how progressively deteriorating it is; whether and for how long you can “mask” the medical condition; how perceptive your supervisor is; whether your supervisor and coworkers will continue to provide cover for you, and overlook some of the growing deficiencies; whether, even if you cannot do one or more of the essential elements of your job, whether the amount and type of work you are doing are significant enough for you to continue; whether you have a good rapport and relationship with your doctor; whether your doctor will be supportive and understanding; whether your agency will suddenly and without notice place you on a PIP or file a Notice of Proposed Removal; and a host of many other reasons and factors need to be considered. For many of these questions, an attorney who specializes in Federal Disability Retirementlaw under FERS & CSRS can be of help.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire