This is one of the most commonly asked questions when a federal employee is seeking Federal Disability Retirement. Many federal employees think that it has something to do with the workers compensation claim (OWCP). In fact some applicants neglect to include valuable medical information in their paperwork because they do not think of it as relevant because it isn’t job related.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) makes decisions on Federal Disability Retirement claims based upon the applicant’s ability to perform the job duties regardless of the cause of the medical condition. Developing a disease like diabetes or cancer, and being injured at the job carry the same amount of impact to the OPM. The burden is to prove that you are unable to continue your employment due to the medical condition.
The applicant may also use a combination of conditions that together cause the disability. Sometimes a single condition may not cause the service deficiency independently, but when combined with another condition, it may be debilitating. The cumulative effects of all the applicant’s conditions are taken into consideration.