OPM disability retirement: The very first step

Last Updated on July 29, 2020 by Federal Disability Lawyer

Federal and Postal employees often get a bad rap; yet, what I find in all cases, without exception, is that Federal and Postal employees take great pride in their work. Moreover, they do not want to file for disability retirement — there is a “mental wall” — a desire at all costs not to file for disability retirement, until the physical pain gets too much, or the psychiatric symptoms become too overwhelming.

It is at that critical point — the recognition that he or she is no longer able to continue to work at a particular job; this is the difficult point of self-awareness that must be faced. This is the very first step which must be taken, before one is able to file for disability retirement. And, indeed, I find that Federal and Postal employees are loyal, hard-working, and motivated to work, and to work hard. But there is a point at which one must come to grips with the fact that a particular job A is no longer a good fit for Federal Worker B, with medical conditions C. When these three elements coalesce, it is time for the individual to seriously contemplate filing for disability retirement. Federal Disability Retirement is a benefit which all Federal and Postal employees are entitled to, if he or she qualifies.

When the first step needs to be taken, there is never any shame in that — because you have shown your loyalty, your dedication, and your endurance through your medical conditions; there is a point where you must begin to listen to your doctors.


Robert R. McGill, Esquire

2 thoughts on “OPM disability retirement: The very first step

  1. I have been suffering with fibromyalgia and have come to the realization that I can no longer work. I am still going back and forth about it, because it does feel like a hand out.

  2. The information in this forum was very helpful. I will consult with my phsycians to make a decision. Because in my mind thinking about my situation concerning the seriousness of my health condition. I fill that I cannot continue working no longer.

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