Andalman & Flynn: successfully piecing together the puzzle of the Federal Disability Retirement application to help you get approved for disability benefits.
The federal disability lawyers at Andalman & Flynn fight for and defend the rights of federal workers and United States Postal Service workers throughout the New York, NY area and across the country to protect and secure their financial futures.
All new federal workers and postal workers since the late 1980s are covered by the same system—the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Workers who have been in the federal system longer than that may be covered instead by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS).
But navigating the application process on your own isn’t easy. Finding disability lawyers who understand the complexities of these systems is critical to protecting your best interests. That’s where we come in. Drawing on years of experience, we’ll do everything we can to give you the best chance at success. If you need legal representation to obtain FERS benefits in New York, NY, contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.
Obtaining Federal Disability Retirement (FDR) Benefits in New York, NY
Imagine this: You are a federal employee in a secure and high-ranking position within a federal government agency based in New York, NY. You have 22 years of federal service and rarely ever miss a day of work. There are nothing but outstanding performance reviews on your record. Then suddenly, you suffer a traumatic injury. The secure life that you have been enjoying is brought to a screeching halt.
You try to continue working, but are unable to concentrate. You have great difficulty with comprehension and memory to the point that you cannot satisfactorily perform your job duties anymore, and the agency has to have a co-worker pick up the slack. Constant fatigue and headaches cause you to miss work and your attendance becomes unacceptable as well. This devastates you, but financially you cannot afford to stop working. Your family depends on your income.
All you can think is “What am I going to do and how am I going to financially survive?”
There is assistance available, and it is help to which you are entitled. Federal Disability Retirement—or FDR—is a right of all employees covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) in and around New York, NY. Once you’ve submitted the application and qualified, these benefits will allow you to collect a portion of your salary if a medical condition prevents you from performing “useful and efficient” federal service in your 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 for these disability retirement benefits with contributions to your retirement fund through payroll deductions over your years of federal service.
Applying for FERS in New York, NY
Are you a federal worker covered under FERS who has become unable to work due to a medical condition? The federal disability lawyers at Andalman & Flynn serve clients like you throughout New York, NY and can draw on our extensive experiences and knowledge of the FDR system to help you resolve your claim.
We can answer any questions you may have and represent you through all stages of the initial application process and 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
- Use of leave
- Continuation of health insurance
We understand that applying for FDR in New York, NY can be a complex process. The application includes numerous forms that can be difficult to properly piece together. At Andalman & Flynn, our federal disability lawyers are knowledgeable in all aspects of the process. We are committed to helping you put together all the necessary pieces as a complete and accurate packet for submission to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Not only will we work with you to complete all the forms and statements, but we will work with any other necessary offices that could be involved with your claim, including your:
- Agency human resources
- Legal offices
- Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
If you’re covered by FERS in New York, NY, trust the attorneys at Andalman & Flynn to guide you through the process. We will put together the pieces of the puzzle to appropriately present your claim and maximize your chances of having your application approved. 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 throughout the country. Give yourself the best chance of success—contact us today for help applying for Federal Disability Retirement benefits in New York, NY!
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