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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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Can I file for OPM disability retirement benefits while I am on OWCP?

By Stephen Barszcz |

You absolutely can file for OPM disability when you’re on OWCP. In fact, many people who aren’t able to work at their job are unable to work ever again, and so, often times while they’re collecting wage loss payments and going to the doctor after an injury on the job, will apply for OPM… Read More »

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What steps are involved with the process of obtaining OPM disability retirement benefits?

By Stephen Barszcz |

There’s three main parts to the OPM disability application. It’s the employee portion, the physician portion, and the employer portion. All those have to be completed and provided to the OPM office of personnel management. However, you also must apply for Social Security disability and make that part of application.

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Can I work after I am approved for OPM disability retirement?

By Stephen Barszcz |

You can absolutely work after you are approved for OPM disability retirement. In fact, that’s one of the better points of OPM disability retirement. You can work and make up to 80% of what you were making in your prior job, and keep both the money you earn in your new job and continue… Read More »

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What types of conditions qualify me for OPM disability retirement?

By Stephen Barszcz |

Any condition or conditions that you may have that prevent you from completing all the essential aspects of your job or an accommodated position will be considered by OPM for disability.

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Does the location of my attorney matter for an OPM disability claim?

By Stephen Barszcz |

The actual location of the attorney who represents you in your OPM Disability claim is really actually irrelevant simply because the whole claim is processed through paper and on the internet. Everything is submitted to OPM through mail and they actually go through all the paperwork. It’s a records review. And so, as long… Read More »

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When should I file for OPM disability retirement?

By Stephen Barszcz |

You should file for OPM disability retirement, when you find that you’re unable to perform the job that you were hired to do, and your employer has been unable to provide you with an accommodated position. Therefore you’d be unable to work in that particular job, and you would probably prevail on an OPM… Read More »

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How difficult is it to get OPM disability retirement benefits?

By Stephen Barszcz |

It is possible for the employee to apply for OPM disability on their own or alternatively they could seek the advice and counsel of an attorney. There are three parts to the application, there is the employee portion, the physician portion, and the employer portion. If everything doesn’t match up with the standards of… Read More »

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Who is eligible for OPM disability retirement benefits?

By Stephen Barszcz |

Any federal employee who has worked for at least 18 months and is unable to perform the job that they were hired to do, or an accommodated position, can apply. OPM benefits are available to any employee up through age 62.

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