Federal disability benefits are offered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to people who are civil service employees and postal workers who meet specific qualifications. The following information will help you determine your eligibility status for these benefits and how to apply for them if you are.
Confirm Your Eligibility Status
For an employee to be eligible for federal disability benefits, he or she must meet the following qualifications:
– Worked for at least 18 months in a position that is covered by the Federal Employment Retirement System (FERS)
– Employees covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) must have completed at least five years of “creditable service”.
Provide Evidence of your Disability
If you meet one of the above qualifications, you must be able to provide evidence of your disability. A disability is considered any condition that has caused a deficiency in performance, attendance or conduct. It can also be considered the inability to perform “useful and efficient service.” In laymen’s terms, that means you can no longer perform your job to the same standard you used to be able to. You do not have to prove that you cannot perform any available job.
To prove this condition, you must provide:
– Medical opinions, clinical findings and a diagnosis
– Subjective evidence of pain and disability
– Other evidence that helps to prove the condition exists and its effect on your ability to work.
The Continuity of Your Disability
You must be able to prove that your disability is expected to last for at least one full year from the date the application is filed.
Prove you Cannot be Accommodated or Reassigned
You must be able to prove that you have not been offered and declined another position that can accommodate your needs better or that your workplace is not able to accommodate your present position to your disability.
File an Application
If you are under the age of 62 and can prove the qualifications stated above, you can file an application for Social Security Disability Insurance. You will need to fill our forms SF3107 and SF3112 and provide the proper documentation that must accompany the application.
File an Appeal
If your initial application is denied, you may file an appeal. If you chose to do so, do it quickly, as you only have a limited time in which to make your appeal.
If you have questions about applying for disability retirement benefits, contact the law office of Daniel Berger today.