If you are employed in any capacity by the government, whether local, state or federal, and have a retirement pension, under certain circumstances, you may be eligible to turn the retirement pension into a retirement disability pension. Eligibility depends on the length of your employment and if you are unable to return to work in any capacity.
Unfortunately, the process is not as easy as it seems. Many government employees find their applications are denied for a number of reasons. An attorney experienced in public pensions can help. At the Law Offices of Edward J. Singer, A Professional Law Corporation, we actively assist disability retirement pension claims by public employees.
Social Security Disability
If you are disabled and are unable to work, you may be eligible for benefits under two different governmental programs.
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Program: This pays benefits to you and certain family members if you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. (Your adult child also may qualify for benefits on your earnings record if he or she has a disability that started before age 22.)
- The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program: This pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.
If you qualify, you will receive monthly financial support. Each program has its own general requirements.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, every day in the U.S., more than 12 people die due to work-related accidents or diseases. Every year, more than four million suffer from a serious job-related disease or injury. If you were injured or became ill due to conditions at work, you need to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
Attorney Edward Singer is a top Los Angeles workers’ compensation lawyer. He has more than 25 years of experience representing injured workers in Southern California. He will zealously represent you to be sure that you obtain all the benefits to which you are entitled.