WELCOME TO THE OPM DISABILITY RETIREMENT BLOG:
YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR INFORMATION AND ADVICE RELATED TO FERS DISABILITY RETIREMENT
If you are a busy federal employee who just needs the basics of how to win OPM Disability Retirement, check out the "Don't Be A Dummy" page. It is a quick and dirty introduction to the 5 core principles of Disability Retirement - and the basic winning strategies you will need to know in your upcoming battle with OPM (trust us, it is often a battle). Right now, there are only three core principles – we will add two others shortly.
If your questions are more specific or you just want more information, check out the "Essential Legal Manual" for FAQ's that cover most aspects of FERS Disability Retirement.
The Articles page is exactly what it sounds like. Harvey has written many in-depth articles on the inner-workings of OPM Disability Retirement, including "Why Getting Fired Can Be A Blessing," "My Client Had Fibromyalgia," and "Denying the Right to Counsel." You can see some of them here on the front page.
If you want to get to know Harvey a little better, I encourage you to check out Harvey Talk! (Our podcast series) and About the Author. The podcasts are a quick and fun way to get a taste of what Harvey is like as a lawyer: someone who has been helping federal employees get benefits for 30 years. Harvey no longer takes cases, but runs this advice blog as a hobby.
Lastly, if you are seriously considering disability retirement, reconsideration, or a final appeal to the MSPB, then I highly encourage you to speak with Harvey on the phone. Every case is unique and you deserve quality advice. Harvey likes talking to people - he'll take his time, offer advice, and won't charge a dime. I promise it will be an enjoyable conversation.
To get in touch, fill out the contact form on the right side of this page*. I (Harvey's trusty sidekick/blog manager) will email or call you to make arrangements as to the best time to talk to Harvey. I think you will find him to be like a neighborhood lawyer from years gone by that you might simply have dropped in on for a chat.
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Podcast #3: A Good Doctor is the Real Key to Winning:
Transcript edited for clarity:
How do you know if you are eligible for Disability Retirement?
There is a legal standard, but you probably would have a difficult time figuring out if you… Read more
Transcript edited for clarity:
How come you retired?
I’m old! I’m 77! When I turned 75, I said, “OK, that’s enough, time to play!”
Then how come you are still doing this blog?
Because I can’t retire. I unplugged… Read more
Summary: OPM Disability Retirement requires an applicant to submit a “checklist” form. This checklist form is entirely redundant, but poses a challenge because OPM requires someone at the applicant’s federal agency to fill it out. … Read more
Summary: Your Chance Of Winning OPM Disability Retirement Can Be Dramatically Increased If You Are Fired By Your Agency Because Your Medical Condition Precludes you from Performing Your Job.
It may or may not surprise you but a Federal employee can b… Read more
OPM DISABILITY RETIREMENT APPLICANTS ARE ROUTINELY CHEATED OUT OF DISABILITY RETIREMENT BENEFITS BY ADJUDICATORS WHO ARE UNTRAINED IN THE RELEVANT LAW AND MEDICINE
I have evidence that OPM denies disability retirement benefits based on a bogus law—… Read more
If you are considering disability retirement for Fibromyalgia, you should get to know what you might be up against.
My client had fibromyalgia. She couldn’t do her secretarial duties. She couldn’t make it out of bed most mornings given he… Read more
The Law Requires That In Deciding Whether Or Not You Are Entitled To Disability Retirement, OPM Must “Weigh” The Evidence, As It Would On A Scale. If The Evidence In Your Favor Weighs More Than The Evidence Not In Your Favor, You Win And… Read more
OPM Contract Physicians, many of whom are military doctors with specialties such as trauma surgery, reconstruction, diving or flying related conditions, etc., routinely advise adjudicators on cases well outside their areas of expertise. What does a N… Read more
AT OPM, WINNING OR LOSING DISABILITY RETIREMENT HAS ALMOST NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LAW AND ALMOST EVERYTHING TO DO WITH WHICH SIDE OF THE BED THE OPM ADJUDICATOR GOT UP ON.
The law provides one single way to decide whether or not you are entitled to d… Read more
OPM’S DISABILITY RETIREMENT DIVISION RARELY RESPECTS AN APPLICANTS LEGAL RIGHT TO BE REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL THEY REFUSE, EVEN THOUGH IT IS OPM’S POLICY TO RESPECT THE RIGHT TO COUNSEL.
Every client of mine signs a “Designation of Representati… Read more