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Disability retirement & SSDi

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Latest post Mon, Jun 12 2017 3:13 AM by AttyMcGill. 2 replies.
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    • goldie7
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    Disability retirement & SSDi

    I'm confused about some things. One being how / why do you apply for ssdi at the time of dis. retirement if you're income is above the threshold for ssdi and your still showing employed? Doesn't that automatically disqualify you for ssdi?

    2- My undestanding from the paperwork is that we send in the Dr. statement and our Dr's notes. So they don't want where i saw a therapist or went in outpatient at a hospital? I'm asking bc I have depression, anxiety, and bipolar2. I have documentation going back 9 years w/ therapist, Dr. , outpatient hospital therapy. But what I see is they only want the note from the Dr. & his notes? Do they get your info then ask for specifics?



  • Sat, Jun 10 2017 7:05 PM In reply to

    Re: Disability retirement & SSDi

    The following is from the SSA website:

    "Disability" under Social Security is based on your inability to work. We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:

    • You cannot do work that you did before;
    • We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
    • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

    I suggest you study the SSA website for additional information:

    Once you get a general idea, instead of wasting your time asking questions, I suggest you just follow the instructions and apply. Then the SSA will tell you what else you need to do. You lose nothing by applying, even if you get denied the first time around, as many do.



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  • Mon, Jun 12 2017 3:13 AM In reply to

    Re: Disability retirement & SSDi

    As to your questions:

    A.  Ultimately, what the U.S. Office of Personnel Management wants to know is if you qualify for SSDI based upon your income, but what you say is quite true -- you will be denied because you are still employed, but you will likely be asked to reapply once you have been granted OPM Disability Retirement.  For the time being, however, it is just a bureaucratic procedure that you need to comply with.

    B.  As to your 2nd question -- notes and documentation from your therapist, as well as from any outpatient facility, will also be valuable and helpful for your case.  OPM will NOT be requesting any such information, and the burden is always upon you -- the applicant -- to obtain any and all such evidence.

    Sincerely, Robert R. McGill, Esquire

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