D is a 62 year old man who suffered from a myriad of conditions, including PTSD, depression, diabetes mellitus, diabetic neuropathy, heart disease and gout. As a veteran, he had served in the United States Army, where he endured many unfortunate events which led to the eventual diagnosis of his PTSD and depression. Fortunately, D was able to find a fulfilling job as a Domiciliary Assistant for the VA. He enjoyed his job and rendered useful and efficient service for a number of years.
However, his war experiences began to haunt him again and he became anxious, paranoid, and depressed. D was officially diagnosed with PTSD and depression after visiting the VAMC. These conditions began negatively affecting his work life, and he knew that something needed to be done. Upon the advice of his supervisor, D decided to apply for federal disability retirement benefits. To help him through this process, he contacted Harris Federal Law Firm. Despite ample medical evidence, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) denied D’s application and he was forced to appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board.
At the Merit System Protection Board level, it was discovered that the OPM somehow lost a number of D’s previously submitted medical records, which provided ample support to his claim for federal disability retirement benefits. Despite this mistake, the OPM decided to proceed at the appeal level. Harris Federal Law Firm resubmitted their case file to the OPM and the Board, along with updated medical records and a strong legal brief in support of D’s application. Upon reviewing the submissions, the OPM realized its mistake and reversed its position before a hearing could take place, thus granting the applicant his federal disability retirement benefits.