• Legal Representation on Federal Disability Retirement Claims: The Bionic Future
    Futuristic novels and foretelling of inventive creativity reveal an aspect of humankind in multiple forms: imagination transcending time, but coupled with fear and angst which is often the fodder for science fiction and impending technological anxieties. They constitute, of course, the flip side of a singular coin: fear on the one hand, and imagination fed […]
  • Different Perspectives during Federal Disability Retirement Process
    Inform an individual that you suffer from Hansen's Disease, and one might get a benign reaction, perhaps a blank stare. Convey to the same individual that you have contracted leprosy, and it is likely to evoke an expression of revulsion, and perhaps a discomfort bordering on flight. What we say; how we say it; the […]
  • Federal Medical Retirement: Soulful Windows
    Plato's well-known quote that the eyes are the windows to one's soul, presupposes the capacity of the "other" subject observing the individual, to make judgments, determinations and analytical conclusions. It is thus the subject becoming the object and prey. Medical conditions often have a capacity to do just that. There is something perverse in human […]
  • Hostile Work Environment and the Centrality of the Medical Condition in a Governement Employee Retirement Claim
    Pithy quotes are replete throughout advisory or "self-help" books; it is a cottage industry involving coming up with linguistically sticky statements, like post-its tacked on to our sleeves in order to remind us of daily living tools to carry. "Keeping the main thing the main thing" is one such quote, and numerous similar mutations, which […]
  • Federal Medical Retirement: The Coalition Forces
    One hears much these days about the importance of forming a coalition of forces before engaging an offensive action; and, indeed, there is the old adage of having strength in numerical superiority, and the sense that a consensus of opinions and cooperation of numbers results in an increased chance of success. Quantitative composites can mask […]
  • Experience and Federal Disability Retirement Benefits
    The vicious circularity of having or not having "experience" is comprised of the following: If too much weight is placed upon it and one is passed over because of its lack, then one will never be able to attain the experience needed in order to qualify; in order to attain experience, one must be given […]
  • Disability Retirement for Federal Employees: Science versus Art
    There is an abundance of discussions these days relating to the methodological validity of science, especially as it concerns climate change.  The calculus applied; the variable deviations of conclusions; the computer models based upon dubious information inputted; and whether declaring that there is a “consensus” within the scientific community, and what constitutes such a declared […]
  • Federal Disability Retirement: The Spare Tire
    No doubt the idea of a spare tire is derived from fear: fear of the unknown, concern for the future potential possibilities; anxieties related to what ifs. With the advent of advanced technology in tire manufacturing, the probabilities of a flat tire have exponentially decreased, and perhaps with it, the need for carrying a spare […]
  • Attorney Representation Federal Disability Retirement: Form and Content
    The complexity of the administrative procedure generally identified as "OPM Disability Retirement" is one replete with complicated forms to complete, sequence of procedures which are often confusing, and content of conundrums, followed by wait times which are frustrating, at best. The spectrum of problems and concerns which arise throughout the process can be daunting and […]
  • The Genotype-phenotype Distinction and Disability Retirement Benefits for Federal and Postal Employees
    The distinction is important in the study of genetics, where the genotype represents the entirety of one's hereditary information contained in one's DNA, whereas the phenotype represents the manifestation of that genetic heredity received and retained by any given individual. In simple terms, it is the inner/outer distinction, or in Aristotelian terms, the substance/accident representation, […]

FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement for the U.S. Postal Service Employee – The Needed Proof

Postal employees often feel that they are second-class citizens – both in terms of their status and stature as a “Federal employee” who is under either the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or (for those lucky ones who are quickly diminishing in numbers but who were able to enter the Federal workforce prior to the [...]

The Postal Worker Today: Choices, FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement, and Protecting one's Future

     Hypothetical:  A U.S. Postal Worker has been working for the past 7 years in a modified position.  Seven years ago, he injured himself on the job; he filed for OWCP benefits, had surgery, and returned some months later in a position within the same Craft, but modified to fit his medical restrictions and limitations.  [...]

The U.S. Postal Service and Federal Disability Retirement: The National Reassessment Program, the Agency and the Worker

The U.S. Postal Service has, for many years, been a “good employer” for thousands of hard-working Postal employees. By ascribing the term “good”, of course, one enters [...] [...]

OWCP, the Postal Service and the National Reassessment Program

For many years, being on Worker’s Comp when injured while working for the Postal Service, worked fairly well. The Postal Service, in conjunction with, and in coordination, would offer an acceptable “light duty position”, delineating the physical restrictions and medical limitations based upon the treating doctor’s clinical assessment, or in accordance with the OWCP-appointed [...]