By Reg Jones
August 2nd, 2012 | Uncategorized
Q. I retired Dec. 3 on disability retirement after 13½ years’ service with the USPS. I am receiving 60 percent of high-3 the first year and 40 percent of high-3 the second year until age 62, which will be in July 2014. In applying for disability retirement, I cited 5 Department of Labor-accepted, on-the-job injuries to feet, two torn biceps and shoulder surgeries, as well as intercostal chondritis. I also cited worsening back condition and other conditions I am receiving VA compensation for. My high-3 is approximately $54,000, and I receive $2,708 from OPM under FERS disability retirement. I was wondering if I can apply for workers’ compensation if it is more beneficial financially. OPM cited approval is solely based on thoracic spine (military injury — I had 25 years’ active duty in Army) and bilateral tear of both biceps (approved by DOL OWCP). I received a schedule award for the biceps tears, as well as surgery to both feet. Also, I have put in a claim to have my VA disability raised from 70 percent (currently) to 100 percent individual unemployability and should have a decision in a few months. I am confused on the FERS disability retirement versus OWCP workers’ compensation.
A. To better understand the relationship between disability retirement and workers’ compensation, go to www.opm.gov/retire.pubs/handbook/C102.pdf.
Tom Donahue Says:
August 3rd, 2012 at 4:08 pm
Being a former Army Infantry Officer (Airborne/Ranger) for 7 yrs receiving only a small Disability payment for a crushed spine/road burns in ’82 during Active Duty…I am happy to have good health & have worked diligently for the past 24 yrs in my industry…I am dismayed that this person knows the system so well he can literally twist & manipulate it to maximize his disabilty payments not only from the USPS but from the VA to boot! Shame on you for taking the easy route via our over-generous system & adding to our costs to support folks like you as you age just like all the rest of us! Going from 70% to 100% on the VA’s dime just because your body is breaking down due to normal wear & tear & some injuries you sustained? You surely were not a Ranger or anything close to it…maybe I’m wrong but think I pegged you?