Federal Employee Disability Retirement

FERS & CSRS Federal Disability Retirement: Maintaining A Benefit
Robert R. McGill, Esquire
For federal and postal employees who seek to file for federal disability retirement benefits, the full comprehension of a daunting administrative process should be entered into with open eyes [ MORE ]

Federal & Postal Disability Retirement: A Reflection of Life's Changes
Robert R. McGill
Stress becomes an inherent part of the entire administrative process in filing for federal disability retirement benefits [ MORE ]

FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement: The Problem Case
Robert R. McGill
Not all cases are winnable, and some cases are meant to be lost, no matter the client's viewpoint, the Judge's opinion, or the lawyer's skill. Ultimately, it is the facts, the law, and the effective presentation of a case that will determine the outcome [ MORE ]

FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement: Bruner Redux and the Lull of the Legal Presumption
Robert R. McGill
For those federal or postal disability retirement applicants who intend to assert such a presumption, and who intend to rely upon the legal force of its persuasive authority, a word of caution: Act as if you don't have it [ MORE ]

Federal Disability Retirement Under FERS: Stephenson v. OPM and Proper Statutory Interpretation
Robert R. McGill, Esquire
For decades, OPM has steadfastly refused to restore the full amount of a FERS annuity despite the loss of the offsetting SSDI benefits. The author opines that the Stephenson v. OPM case is a major victory for fairness, the importance of a reasonable interpretation of a statute, and the proper meaning of words [ MORE ]

FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement: Planning in the Midst of an Unplanned Event
Robert R. McGill, Esquire
In preparing a federal disability retirement application, a sense of crisis will often develop, because the correlation between a deteriorating "medical condition" and "planning" do not seem to correspond with one another. But the author explains that urgency need not betray proper planning [ MORE ]

FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement: Understanding the Legal Standard Will Help You Win Your Case
Robert R. McGill, Esquire
Legal standards of proof provide various levels of criteria which are an important factor to understand before entering the arena of legal battles [ MORE ]

FERS & CSRS Federal Disability Retirement as One Component of Successful Future Planning
Robert R. McGill
For federal and postal employees, having the "safety net" of disability retirement benefits -- while certainly of some comfort -- should intersect with one's total retirement planning [ MORE ]

Federal Disability Retirement Under FERS or CSRS: Success at Each Stage Requires a View of the Entire Process
Robert R. McGill
Federal disability retirement is a process available to all federal and postal employees, whether under FERS or CSRS, in order to obtain eligibility of a disability annuity. It is not technically an "entitlement" [ MORE ]

Federal Disability Retirement: First and Foremost, a Medical Matter
Robert R. McGill
In preparing to file for federal disability retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS, the "priority" of concerns must always be to attend to the medical condition, the injury, the illness [ MORE ]

FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement: Striking the Right Balance
Robert R. McGill
In attempting to obtain federal disability retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS, certain discretionary decisions must be made throughout the process. In the end, the guiding legal principle to be followed is that one must prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that one has met the eligibility criteria for the benefits [ MORE ]

Filing for Federal Employee Disability Retirement Benefits Under FERS & CSRS: Maintaining the Integrity of the Law
Robert R. McGill
Why is it important for citizens, including federal and postal employees, to have some understanding of the philosophical basis of the "process of law"? Because only by understanding the principles which provide the foundation for the legal process, can one have a sense of whether the legal system upon which we rely will give us a "fair shake", or not [ MORE ]

The Importance of Preparing an MSPB Case in a Federal Employee Disability Retirement Case -- for the "Long Haul"
Robert R. McGill, Esquire
Learn why federal and postal employees who are preparing an application for Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS should always prepare such an application as a submission to be reviewed by a full "administrative process" [ MORE ]