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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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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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