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FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement: Retirement versus OWCP

I still get periodic telephone calls with much misinformation, mixing terms applied to FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement with "Department of Labor Retirement" or Worker’s Comp retirement.  While there are indeed people who remain on OWCP temporary total disability for years and years, OWCP/DOL is ultimately NOT a retirement system.  It is a system meant to pay for injured Federal workers while he or she is recuperating from an on-the-job injury.  The Department of Labor thus does everything in its power to get the injured worker back to work, by various means:  assigning a nurse to "oversee" the treatment and "progress" of the worker; by sending the injured Federal or Postal worker to second opinion doctors to see if there is a medical opinion different from one’s treating doctor; and other means which have nothing to do with the patient’s best medical interests.  I don’t handle OWCP issues; however, because many individuals who file for Federal & Postal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS or CSRS have intersecting OWCP issues, also, I have some "on the job" knowledge of such issues.  Ultimately, a worker must decide between the two systems, although one can file for both benefits concurrently, one can only receive from one or the other — not both at the same time.  

Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire

I still get periodic telephone calls with much misinformation, mixing terms applied to FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement with "Department of Labor Retirement" or Worker’s Comp retirement

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