Andalman & Flynn: successfully piecing together the puzzle of the Federal Disability Retirement Application to help military employees obtain approval for disability benefits.
Our attorneys fight for and defend the rights of military workers across the country to protect and secure their financial futures.
All new military employees since the late 1980s are covered by FERS, the Federal Employees Retirement System. Workers who have been in the federal system longer than that may be covered instead by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS).
For legal assistance obtaining military disability retirement benefits, contact the federal disability lawyers at Andalman & Flynn.
Obtaining Military Disability Retirement Benefits
Imagine this: You are a military employee in a secure and high-ranking position. You have 22 years of military service, with nothing but outstanding performance reviews throughout your years of service—when suddenly you suffer a traumatic head injury. Without warning, 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 can no longer satisfactorily perform your job duties, and a co-worker has to pick up the slack. Constant fatigue and headaches cause you to miss work and your attendance becomes 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?”
Assistance is 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), including members of the military. So long as certain requirements are met, you can collect a portion of your salary if a medical condition prevents you from performing “useful and efficient” military service in your position or a reasonably comparable position within the agency. This benefit is not given to you as a favor or a handout. You have paid for military disability retirement benefits with contributions to your retirement fund through payroll deductions over your years of service.
Military Disability Lawyers in Maryland
Are you a military worker covered under FERS who has become unable to work due to a disabling medical condition? The disability lawyers at Andalman & Flynn are experienced and knowledgeable to answer any questions you may have and represent you through all stages of the initial application process, as well as any necessary appeals. This may include going before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). Should any other disputes arise out of your health problems, we are also happy to represent you in these claims. Oftentimes this can include:
- Proposed removals or other disciplinary actions
- Claims for reasonable accommodations
- The use of leave
- The continuation of health insurance
To obtain military disability retirement benefits through the FERS system, you must complete an application that includes a series of rather complex forms that may be challenging to piece together. The application is like a puzzle with each piece going through different channels before it is put together as a complete packet for submission to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
At Andalman & Flynn, our staff will work with you to ensure accuracy on your application forms and statements, working with the other necessary offices to do so, such as your:
- Agency human resources
- Legal offices
- And OPM
If you’re seeking military disability retirement, trust the attorneys at Andalman & Flynn to put together an accurate representation of your claim for the greatest chance of success. 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 Maryland area and nationally. Contact us for assistance today and we’ll do everything we can to secure your financial future tomorrow.
Click here to learn more about Federal Disability Retirement (FDR) benefits for military employees.