Georgia Federal Disability Retirement Attorney
Federal employees, including postal workers and other civil servants, may qualify for disability retirement benefits if they sustain injuries that are significant enough to take them out of the work force. These federal employees are part of either the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Disability retirement is governed by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the process for seeking disability retirement benefits can be complicated and stressful for many employees.
At The Vaughn Law Firm, our Federal Disability Retirement Lawyers help federal employees streamline the process of obtaining benefits in the event of injury or illness that prevents them from performing basic job duties. Many people believe that disability retirement benefits are similar to workers’ compensation benefits, but this is simply not the case. Workers’ compensation benefits are typically only available when an employee suffers an injury or illness in the workplace. With disability retirement benefits, a federal employee may qualify regardless of where he/she sustained the injury or illness.
Eligibility Requirements for Federal Disability Retirement – What You Should Know
To be eligible for federal disability retirement, a federal employee must meet the following requirements:
- CSRS employees must have at least five (5) years of federal service;
- FERS employees must have at least eighteen (18) months of creditable service;
- Qualifying employees must apply for benefits no later than one (1) year from the date the employee stopped working; and
- The disability is expected to last more than one (1) year.
Many injured or ill federal employees are on leave without pay LWOP, which can be financially stressful. As such, it is essential to act quickly to speak with an attorney about federal disability retirement benefits. Because the application for benefits can be confusing, it is easy to make mistakes, and such mistakes can make the entire process last much longer. With the help of a Federal Disability Retirement Attorney, injured and ill federal employees can have peace of mind that the application for benefits is filed timely and correctly.
Every situation is different, so while federal employees may be eligible for disability retirement benefits, such benefits may be reduced or terminated in certain circumstances. For example, if a federal employee fully recovers from his/her injury or illness, such recovery may be grounds for termination of benefits. By deciding to work alongside an attorney, federal employees will have a good understanding of whether they are eligible for benefits, and whether there is a risk that benefits may be terminated in the future.
Contact the Vaughn Law Firm Today to Schedule Your Consultation
If you are a federal employee or civil servant who has become disabled and no longer able to work, you may be entitled to federal disability retirement benefits. To learn about your options and whether you qualify, you should consider speaking with a Federal Disability Retirement Lawyer right away. At the Vaughn Law Firm, our attorneys handle employment law matters on a regular basis and have the resources to help you with your legal matter. Our law firm has offices in both Washington, D.C. and Decatur, Georgia. To speak with one of our attorneys about your situation, contact the Vaughn Law Firm today by calling toll-free at (877) 615-9495.