As discussed in part 1 of this post, physical illnesses can qualify you for Federal Disability Retirement. But did you know, Psychological and Psychiatric disorders can also qualify you for Federal Disability Retirement? These are harder cases to prove because they require much more documentation. Treatment notes such as diagnosis, symptoms, your treatment plan, prognosis, a history of your treatments (including every medication prescribed), and how you responded to each treatment are all extremely important as evidence for your case. However, the most important notes that need to be included in your packet is how your condition has impaired your functioning, and more importantly, your job functioning.
Major Depressive Disorder, PTSD, Early set Alzheimer’s, and Schizophrenia are common illnesses we’re going to focus on. To learn more about each one of these, click on the blog post below.
As mentioned before, OPM doesn’t have a set list illnesses or disorders that will qualify you for Federal Disability Retirement. If you suffer from one of these (or another) and it causes you to be unable to perform your job duties, the important thing to do is make you sure you have complete documentation of it. Feel free to give us a call at (877) 226-2723 or fill out this inquiry form. We can walk you through the process. Also, we can help you make sure you have all the forms and medical evidence you need. Harris Federal Law Firm has been helping federal workers for years. We are confident we can help you too!