À la Carte Consulting Services
These services are best suited for individuals applying for FERS Disability Retirement who need extensive help with one or more forms, but not the entire application. Simple and affordable, the "A la Carte" services are designed to ensure that your application statements are accurate, complete, consistent, and strong!
How does À la Carte Consulting Work?
Under this option, I draft or review one or more of your application documents according to your specific needs and goals. For each document, I charge a flat rate.
Who Would Benefit From This Service?
Perhaps you are very organized and detail-oriented, but you don’t have the strongest writing skills. Or maybe you're capable of drafting most of the application documents, but need help with one or more of the remaining forms.
Whether you’re looking for an expert to help you draft your personal statement and/or physician’s statement, or you need someone with experience to thoroughly review the agency forms (i.e., SF 3112B, SF 3112D, and SF 3112E), I can help.
As with all of the services I offer, my ultimate goal is to provide you the highest level of assistance so that you can maximize the strength of your claim for FERS Disability Retirement.
Remember, you can always opt for a more comprehensive service at a later date if you feel that you require a broader level of assistance (i.e., Complete Package).
The following services are available as separate projects.
1. DRAFTING of SF 3112C: Physician’s Statement
The most important component of your disability claim, by far, is the statement provided by your physician. Without a strong, detailed testimonial from your medical practitioner, it is highly unlikely that OPM will approve your claim.
Take a good look at form SF 3112C. Under the section entitled “Medical Documentation Requirements,” you will find a detailed list of information and documentation that your physician must provide OPM.
Let’s face it. Your doctor barely has time to read the instructions, let alone draft a comprehensive medical narrative about your disabling medical conditions.
That’s where I come in. I can help you draft a statement on behalf of your physician that will thoroughly address every item contained in SF 3112C. In fact, since 2012, I’ve drafted over 80 such statements.
2. DRAFTING of SF 3112A: Applicant’s Statement of Disability
Another important component of your FDR claim is your personal statement of disability (SF 3112A). Not only is it imperative for you to describe the nature and severity of your medical conditions accurately and completely, but you must also show that there exists a causal relationship between your medical conditions and your inability to perform one or more essential functions of your position.
In addition, your statement should be consistent with your physician’s statement (i.e., SF 3112C). In other words, you want to make sure that there are no discrepancies (i.e., facts, dates, etc.) between your statement and your doctor's statement.
That’s where I come in. I take all the guesswork out of the process and help you draft a thorough, compelling statement that will be sure to have a positive impact on your FDR claim.
3. REVIEW of Agency Forms
Think of your FDR claim as a triangle. One side of the triangle contains your personal statement of disability (i.e., SF 3112A). Another side contains the statement prepared by your medical practitioner (i.e., SF 3112C). And the remaining side contains the statement prepared by your agency.
Furthermore, the agency statement can be broken down into three components:
- SF 3112B: Supervisor's Statement - Completed by your supervisor, this form evaluates your performance, attendance, and conduct. May include "supporting" documentation.
- SF 3112D: Agency Certification of Reassignment and Accommodation Efforts - Completed by your HR office, this form discusses any efforts that have been made to accommodate your disabling medical conditions. May include "supporting" documentation.
- SF 3112E: Disability Retirement Application Checklist - Completed by your HR office, this checklist provides OPM an overview of the documents contained in your application package. May include "supporting" documentation.
Did you notice that the word supporting is in quotes? That’s not a typo. You should be aware that your agency is under no obligation to provide information and documentation that is favorable or advantageous for your claim.
In other words, the information and content provided by the agency may do very little to “support” your FDR claim. In fact, the agency often uses language and/or documentation (either inadvertently or purposely) that has the potential to harm your claim.
That’s where I come in. I can review these forms with a fine-tooth comb, item by item, and alert you to any potential issues. If I identify any problems, we can discuss your options. Even if I don’t find any problems, you will have peace of mind knowing that the agency side of your “triangle” is strong.