Should you be unable to perform work duties as a federal employee due to a medical issue, you may opt to go into retirement. Before you jump the gun, however, there are a few things you need to be aware of that we’ll take a look at in this post. To begin with, it is important to know a few basic things about the history of the Federal Employees Retirement System, otherwise known as FERS. This system was initiated in 1987, and it replaced the Civil Service Retirement System. In order to be eligible for benefits under FERS, you must have completed 18 months of employment as a postal employee or federal civilian.
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Federal Disability Retirement – Basic Requirements
When it comes to medical requirements, the program requires that you must become incapacitated, either mentally or physically to perform efficient and useful service at your present workplace. In addition, you must suffer a disability that is expected to put you out of work for a minimum of 12 months from your disability application date.
That’s not all, however; your federal agency must assert that they tried but failed to find you a job to accommodate you after your injury which would have helped you resume work without the option of you having to leave work due to a debilitating injury.
When Should I Apply For Federal Disability Retirement?
Applying for federal disability retirement must happen while you’re either still a federal government employee or within a year of your separation from work as a federal government employee. OPM, or the Office of Personnel Management will examine your doctor’s opinions, medical records and applications to determine whether you’re eligible for compensation. Please remember that you can appeal a FERS denial as long as it is done within 30 days of your official denial. It is important to adhere to deadlines because missing them might invalidate your claims in some cases.
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