Are you a federal employee suffering from a medical condition that’s keeping you from working? At Andalman & Flynn, we fight for and defend the rights of federal workers and United States Postal Service workers like you to protect and secure your financial futures.
All new federal workers and postal workers since the late 1980s are covered by FERS, the Federal Employees Retirement System, which entitles you to certain benefits if your condition prevents you from completing your work in a federal position. If you have been in the federal system longer than that, you may be covered instead by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS).
Do you need help obtaining FERS or OPM benefits? You don’t have to go about it alone. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced federal disability lawyers in Bethesda, MD.
Obtaining Federal Disability Retirement Benefits
Imagine this: You are a federal employee in a secure, high-ranking position within a federal government agency. You have 22 years of federal service, rarely missing a day of working and receiving nothing but positive performance reviews. All of a sudden, you suffer a severe head injury and the secure life that you have been enjoying is brought to a screeching halt.
You try to work but are unable to concentrate and have great difficulty with comprehension and memory to the point that you cannot satisfactorily perform your job duties anymore. The agency has to have a co-worker pick up the slack. You also suffer from fatigue and headaches that cause you to miss work, making your attendance unacceptable. You are devastated by this, but feel that financially you cannot stop working.
All you can think is “What am I going to do and how am I going to financially survive?”
But there is a solution—and it’s a solution to which you are entitled. All employees covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) have a right to Federal Disability Retirement (FDR). After meeting certain requirements, covered federal workers can collect a portion of their salary if a medical condition prevents them from performing “useful and efficient” federal service in their position or a reasonably comparable position within the federal government. This benefit is not given to you as a favor or a handout. You have paid to receive these disability retirement benefits with contributions to your retirement fund through payroll deductions over your years of federal service.
Federal Disability Lawyers in Bethesda, MD
Are you a federal worker covered under FERS who has become unable to work due to a medical condition? Our federal disability lawyers in Bethesda are experienced and knowledgeable in federal disability law. We can answer any questions you may have and represent you through all stages of the initial application process as well as any necessary appeals, including going before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).
Our attorneys can also represent you on other disputes that may arise out of your health problems such as:
- Proposed removals and other disciplinary actions
- Claims for reasonable accommodations
- The use of leave
- The continuation of health insurance
The application for FDR includes numerous forms that can be complex and difficult to piece together. Fortunately, our federal disability lawyers are here to guide you through it. We will work with you on each form and statement to put together a complete packet for submission to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). We will also work with the other necessary offices, which may include your:
- Agency human resources
- Legal offices
- And OPM
If you’re looking for federal disability lawyers in Bethesda, MD, look no further than Andalman & Flynn. We have an extremely high success rate on these cases and invite you to read about some of the individual Federal Disability Retirement cases we have won in the Bethesda area and nationally. You can count on us to put together the pieces of the puzzle to appropriately present your claim and maximize your chances of obtaining the Federal Disability Retirement benefits you deserve—contact us today for a personalized consultation!