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Don't Fear Asking Your Doctor for a Convincing Physician's Statement

We have a real problem with Physician’s Statements from doctors who are too busy to spend time writing them and unwilling to go out on a limb to say it like it really is. So you have to work around this.  When it comes to doctors, you have to… Read More
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Even if Removed for Misconduct, Agencies are REQUIRED to Fill Out Your Disability Retirement Forms

Following up on my earlier post about getting fired for misconduct: If you are fired for misconduct, that does not mean your agency can wash its hands of you and not cooperate with your claim for Disability Retirement. Your agency is still required… Read More
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Misconduct and Disability Retirement

You might find this amazing, but getting fired for misconduct will not necessarily stop you from winning Disability Retirement. Delceg v. OPM is very clear on this: “Removal for misconduct, however, does not preclude an appellant’s receipt… Read More
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Categories: Helpful Tips

How Sick or Injured Do You Need to Be To Qualify for OPM Disability Retirement?

Everyone who calls me knows they are sick or injured. But the question is, does their sickness or injury qualify them for OPM Disability Retirement? How the Government Defines Disability for OPM Disability Retirement “Disability Retirement̶… Read More
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Categories: Helpful Tips

Want to Win? Keep a Daily Journal of Your Disabling Symptoms

To write the very best Applicant's Statement, it is crucial to keep a daily journal of your medical condition and how it is impacting your work. This will help you tell a story and back up that story with dates and experiences. Read More
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A Good Doctor is the Real Key to Winning

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
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A Good Lawyer is the Key to Winning - But What About the Fee?

Podcast:    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
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The OPM Disability Retirement Catch-22

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
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Categories: Law Reform
Getting Fired Can Be A Bl…

Getting Fired Can Be A Blessing - If You Want OPM Disability Retirement

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
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Cheated out of Disability…

Cheated out of Disability Retirement

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
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Categories: Law Reform

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