Partial disability


Q. I worked for the Postal Service for 30 years. Arthritis developed in my thumb and was fixed by fusing my middle joint. I still work full time, but there are still things I can’t do with my thumb, such as grabbing thick stuff like books. Can I file for partial disability?

A. There is no such thing as partial disability. You are either so disabled that you can’t fully successfully perform the critical or essential elements of your position, or you aren’t.


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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

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