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Must I be totally disabled in order to file for disability retirement?

By Stephen Barszcz |

You do not need to be totally disabled to apply for or receive OPM disability retirement. The question is whether or not you can perform the job that you were doing or an accommodated position with your employer. For instance, if you’re a welder in a federal job and you injure yourself and your… Read More »

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Must I file for Social Security if I apply for disability retirement?

By Stephen Barszcz |

It is a requirement if you wish to apply for OPM disability retirement to apply for social security disability. You don’t need to actually be accepted for social security disability but it is a requirement that you make that initial application and provide the confirmation of application when you apply for OPM disability.

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Should I pursue my OPM disability claim by myself?

By Stephen Barszcz |

You can pursue your OPM disability claim on your own. There are three parts to the application, your part, the physician part, and the employer part. The problem could be that if you don’t know exactly what OPM requires from a medical standpoint to meet disability, it may be possible that they will ask… Read More »

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What are the advantages of having OPM disability retirement?

By Stephen Barszcz |

OPM disability retirement allows the individual who is approved to go out and work someplace else and make up to 80% of what they were earning at their prior job. They also continue to receive the benefits of insurance paid by the Federal Government, just as it was paid by the employer. So they… Read More »

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What is OPM disability retirement?

By Stephen Barszcz |

OPM disability retirement is administered through the Office of Personal Management for federal employees who can no longer perform the jobs that they were hired to do or an accommodated position. If approved, they can get a supplemental payment through age 62 and get their insurance benefits covered just as they did when they… Read More »

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What is the benefit of having an attorney represent me for OPM disability retirement?

By Stephen Barszcz |

An attorney with experience in OPM disability can be sure that all the necessary parts of your application and your proof of eligibility for OPM disability are there, available, and essentially allow you to win your case. Without an attorney, it’s most likely that all elements of the claim will not be submitted, and… Read More »

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What is the difference between Social Security disability and OPM disability retirement?

By Stephen Barszcz |

The difference is that OPN Disability Retirement is available only to federal employees unable to perform their job and able to prove disability under that system. Social Security disability is available to all employees who have paid into the system whether through a public sector or private sector job. The thing to remember and… Read More »

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What is the time limit for filing OPM disability retirement?

By Stephen Barszcz |

It’s very important to remember that you have up to one year from the date of separation from your employer to apply for OPM disability retirement. If you apply for OPM disability retirement even 366 days after you were separated from your employer they will deny your claim and you will be forever barred… Read More »

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Can I continue to work while waiting for OPM to approve my case?

By Stephen Barszcz |

You can continue to work while you’re waiting for your OPM disability case. However, it would have to be in something less than your full duty position because remember what you’re alleging is that you are unable to work your full duty job with your full pay. If you for instance were working part-time… Read More »

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What problems arise when filing for OPM disability retirement?

By Stephen Barszcz |

The main issue that most people have in trying to apply for and get approved for OPM disability retirement is matching their medical conditions to the disability requirements for OPM. The other issue is if the OPM people request additional information, that runs into issues where the person might not be able to answer… Read More »

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