Disability Retirement Pensions
The attorneys at Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, Grant, Felton & Goldstein, LLP (GEK) have decades of expertise representing injured safety members in Southern California. In addition to workers' compensation cases, we represent police officers, firefighters, deputy sheriffs, and public employees contracted for disability retirement under the California Public Employee's Retirement System (CalPERS) and the County Employee's Retirement Law.
For local agency safety members—generally city police officers and firefighters—an industrial disability retirement pension certified to CalPERS by the employer is a benefit that must be negotiated or litigated in addition to the workers' compensation injury claim. For county employees, such as deputy sheriffs and personnel covered for a service-connected disability retirement pension, an application must be submitted to the county retirement board and litigated if denied.
In many cases, a properly prepared retirement application and evidence package can result in certification of the pension benefit at the administrative level, thus avoiding prolonged litigation and expenses. However, a retirement application may be denied by the employer for other reasons, including personnel actions and political pressures. GEK attorneys have the experience and knowledge to resolve or litigate these cases through all stages of the process (application, administrative hearing and appeal) to reverse or avoid a denial and recover the pension benefit.
It is important to note the strict timelines and filing requirements connected to a disability retirement application. Many applications are denied due to incomplete or untimely submission. If you are an injured worker covered for a disability retirement benefit, it is important to immediately consult with an attorney to protect your legal interests.
We are here to help. If you would like to speak with a GEK attorney about your legal options, please call 213-739-7000.
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