Monthly Archives: May 2012


K.B. was a 43 year-old PTF Clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in South Carolina. While employed, she developed several back conditions, including a bulging disc, a herniated disc, tenderness in her lumbar region, and a limited range of motion. These back problems would also cause radiating pain down both legs, and a numbing in the toes of her left foot.

Because of back injury, she had not worked since 2007. Her back injury took a lot of her life away from her in addition to preventing her from performing her job as a USPS Clerk. Before her injuries, K.B. had been very active and had many outdoor hobbies that she enjoyed.

These conditions forced K.B. to apply for Federal Disability Retirement in 2009. She hired Harris Federal Law Firm for assistance with her claim through the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Her application was granted and she is now receiving her earned annuity.

Harris Federal Law Firm

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Federal Disability Retirement news

On April 26, the US Senate approved a provision that should it become a law, lessens the income of those on federal workers compensation when they become eligible for standard retirement. As of now, federal workers compensation is a better financial option to employees injured on the job than federal disability retirement.

While federal workers compensation is headed by the Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP), under the Department of Labor, federal disability retirement is controlled by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

FECA, the Federal Employees Compensation Act, controls federal workers compensation by providing compensation in the form of a lump sum payment due to disabilities caused in the workplace.

A non-schedule award is payment for the loss of earning capability, or income, during a set time period where the employee is unable to perform job duties as a direct result of the sustained on the job injury. A payment for the permanent impairment caused on the job is known as a schedule award.

Federal disability retirement exists to provide a retirement payment that can replace part of the salary lost due to the employee’s inability to perform their job duties. Federal disability retirement differs from OWCP workers compensation as those applying for federal disability retirement do not have to suffer from a medical condition that occurred on the job.

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