Disability Retirement Benefits
You are entitled to disability retirement benefits if you are permanently disabled from performing the material duties of protecting and serving the public. If your disability is service connected, you are entitled to a higher benefit. Disabling heart conditions are presumed to have been caused by the stress of your job and support a claim for disability retirement. If you are a firefighter and suffer from lung disease, the condition is also presumed to have been caused by your exposures on the job and supports a claim for disability retirement. You need an effective and experienced attorney when your rights to disability retirement are denied. Lloyd J. Eisenberg has worked hard to ensure public safety officers’ rights to Disability Retirement and will be there to ensure your rights as well.
Your Rights to Disability Retirement Benefits
Your pension plan permits you to seek disability retirement if you suffer a disability, which permanently prevents you from doing your job. If your disability is service connected, benefits are tax-free. To commence a claim, your medical records documenting your disability are submitted to The Medical Advisory Board to determine whether you are disabled. The Medical Advisory Board is required to submit the written findings to the Disability Review Board, which then determines whether you are disabled and whether your disability was suffered in the line of duty. If the answer is in the affirmative, the Disability Review Board grants disability retirement. If the Disability Review Board denies your claim for disability, you are then entitled to a full evidentiary hearing before an administrative law judge. You need an experienced attorney to guide you through this process. This right to a hearing preserves your Constitutional Right to Due Process. When this Constitutional Right to Due Process was denied to one of your fellow officers, I fought the denial in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis and forced the Disability Review Board to follow its own rules of procedure and provide an evidentiary hearing.
Workers Compensation Benefits
If you are hurt in the line of duty, you are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits:
We will fight for every dollar of every benefit to which you are entitled. If a hearing is necessary, Lloyd J. Eisenberg will prepare you and be by your side throughout every proceeding. For more than 30 years, he has represented hundreds of injured workers before workers compensation commissions of Maryland, District of Columbia and Virginia.