When a person has a well-paying job with good benefits the they assume they will stay with their employer until they reach retirement age. Unfortunately, sometimes a person is injured or becomes ill and their condition prevents them from working. The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) allows federal employees to apply for disability retirement even if they have not yet reached retirement age. However, if the process is not pursued correctly then the employee may experience an unnecessary delay or even a denial of their request. Our federal employment lawyers work to ensure that U.S. Government employees receive their retirement benefits as soon as possible. Contact our Atlanta based office today to speak with an attorney. We represent federal employees throughout the United States.
Atlanta based lawyers assisting federal employees with disability retirement issues
A federal employee may be eligible for early retirement after several requirements have been met. The agency for which one works must exhaust all alternative possibilities. Such possibilities include searching for a reasonable accommodation or attempting to reassign the worker to a new position. If this is not successful, and the disability is expected to last more than a year, then one may apply for disability retirement. One’s supervisor will have to certify that the employing agency is not able to accommodate the disability and that every reasonable effort to do so has been made. If one is under sixty-two years or age then the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will require that he or she also file for Social Security Disability benefits. The full application will not be processed until the OPM has all supporting documentation. Once a decision has been reached then the OPM will either allow benefits, disallow benefits, or request additional information. If your request is denied, instructions will be included explaining how you can request that your case be reconsidered. This process can seem overwhelming. Hiring a federal employment attorney may make a difference in the outcome of your request.
Our Atlanta based lawyers assist U.S. Government employees, throughout the United States, with disability and early retirement issues. We will use your initial consultation to explain whether or not you may be eligible for benefits. We will also assist you in dealing with your supervisor as well as the OPM. Should your request be denied, then we will assist you with appealing through a request for reconsideration. Our attorneys will be in regular contact with you throughout the process and will ensure that you know what to expect as your case moves forward. We understand that this is a trying time and we are ready to assist you. Our Jonesboro office assists federal employees in the greater Atlanta Metro area including Macon, Savannah, Athens, Kennesaw, Marietta, Decatur, Dunwoody, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Gainesville, as well as the counties of Bibb, Chatham, Clarke, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Richmond as well as in all fifty states.
Employment attorneys assisting federal workers denied disability retirement by OPM
There are a number of reasons why OPM may deny a person’s disability retirement. Your application may fail to document the symptoms of your medical condition and how these symptoms prevent you from performing your job. OPM may believe that your employer has failed to accommodate your disability and believe that you can continue to work in some capacity. Or they may believe that you will recover from your medical condition in less than a year and be able to return to work. Whatever the reason for your denial, you have the option of asking OPM to reconsider. Our attorneys are available to review your application and disallowance letter. We will determine why you were not approved for disability retirement and help you apply for reconsideration using concrete documentation. Do not miss out on benefits that you need. We assist federal employees throughout the United States.