A common question which we frequently receive from our firefighter and police officer clients is when would be the best time to apply for a disability pension? The answer will often vary on a case-by-case basis. However, there is one important piece of advice which we tell all of our clients that should be followed without exception. Keep reading to learn more about what top workers’ compensation attorney in Chicago, Brent Eames, has to say about when to apply for an Article III or Article IV Disability Pension.
The most important rule to keep in mind is that in order to be eligible to file for a disability pension, an Article III and Article IV first responder must still be employed by the municipality at the time of filing. Our Supreme Court has considered this issue and confirmed that a first responder is no longer eligible to file for a disability pension after their employment has been separated. So, generally, if a first responder has quit, resigned, retired, or been terminated prior to filing for a disability pension, the Board will be without jurisdiction to even consider the application, and the application will be dead no matter what the circumstances are regarding the underlying disability.
If you are a first responder who has suffered a work-related injury or disability, and you are concerned about potentially being terminated, you should immediately contact an experienced attorney for injured first responders to discuss your legal options and your rights to pursue all applicable benefits.
If you were injured on duty and are wondering what steps to take, Eames Law Group can help.
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The content of this blog is intended for informational purposes only and does constitute or establish an attorney-client relationship, nor constitute legal advice. If you wish to discuss any further aspect of the material contained herein, please contact attorney for first responders, Brent Eames, at Eames Law Group, Ltd.