FERS/CSRS Disability: The Necessary Forms
For disabled federal employees, one of the biggest sources of stress is the actual filing process. To begin with, a disabled employee is given a package of application instructions and a pamphlet explaining the numerous steps to obtaining disability benefits. The package includes Standard Form 311A, Applicants Statement of Disability. This form must be completed by the disabled employee, and requires answers to detailed questions on the nature of the disability as well as a complete list of all treating physicians and the dates of treatment.
Standard Form 3112B is the Supervisor’s Statement. This form should be completed by the employee’s supervisor, and requires the employee;s supervisor to answer questions about work performance, attendance and conduct. Standard Form 3112C is the Physician’s Statement, (and there may be more than one depending upon how many treating physicians an individual is seeing). Standard Form 3112D, Agency Certification of Reassignment and Accommodation Efforts and Standard Form 3112E, Disability Retirement Application Checklist, should be completed by the employing employing agency. In addition, Form 31207, Application for Immediate Retirement, must be submitted concurrently.
The sheer amount of paperwork, alone, is overwhelming enough to make a healthy person uncomfortable. Just imagine how overwhelming it all must be for someone who is physically or psychologically disabled to deal with.
At DeHaan Busse, we handle FERS disability claims from application to resolution. In cases where a claimant is denied, our attorneys handle the appeals process. Our firm also works with our FERS clients to arrange payment plans. We believe our clients should focus on recovering.