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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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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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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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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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Preponderance of Evidence

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
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