Does My Injury Have To Be Work Related For Federal Disability Retirement?

by | Mar 2, 2013

Last Updated October 30, 2023
Woman in wheelchair applying for Federal Disability Retirement

When it comes to federal disability retirement, one of the most common questions we encounter is, “Does my injury have to be work-related?” The answer to this question is NO!

Federal Disability Retirement is a benefit available for any career federal employee that has a medical condition that prevents them from being fully successful at their job. This retirement system is designed to provide financial assistance and a safety net to those who can no longer perform their job duties due to a medical condition.

Federal Disability Medical Conditions

A broad spectrum of medical conditions can potentially qualify an individual for federal disability retirement. It’s important to note that these conditions entail both physical and mental health issues. Here are some common examples.

  • Orthopedic Injuries
  • Cardiovascular Conditions
  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Respiratory Illnesses

Medical conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, or depression can be a just cause for a disability claim under CSRS or FERS. If you are a law enforcement agent and your medication restricts the use of a firearm, that can be adequate as well.

If you have a medical condition of any kind that is affecting your ability to be fully successful at your job, not a modified duty job, you can qualify for federal disability benefits.

Don’t let confusion or uncertainty prevent you from exploring your eligibility for federal disability retirement. Call us for a FREE consultation to find out what options you have concerning you medical conditions. You can also email question to or ask them on our Facebook.

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