- Are you a federal employee who is suffering from a disability?
- Is your disability preventing you from doing your job?
If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, then you may be eligible for disability benefits under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS).
Obtaining benefits is not always an easy process, and legitimate claims are sometimes denied. But when approved, benefits can provide much-needed support to people who are dealing with a variety of disabilities.
What is the process?
The process begins by filing an initial application with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The employee must meet eligibility requirements:
- Must have held a federal position for at least 18 months
- Must suffer from a disability or illness that is expected to last for at least one year
- Must be unable to perform essential functions of the job
- Must be no other job positions available that the employee can perform
If the claim is denied, the applicant can file an appeal by requesting reconsideration. If the claim is denied again, the employee can appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).
It sounds complicated, but the process is simplified when working with an attorney who focuses on this area of the law.
Do not lose hope if your claim was denied. Talk to an attorney who can review your case and advise you of your legal options.
Schedule a free consultation today: If you are a federal employee who is seeking help with an OPM application or appeal, call us for a free consultation: 888-351-0424.