What is The Illinois
Disability Pension Code?
PROTECTING YOUR BENEFITS
The Illinois Pension Code contains special provisions providing benefits to first responders. Those who qualify have become disabled and can no longer perform their professional duties. The Disability Pension Code contains provisions providing benefits for disabilities. These disabilities result from line-of-duty incident and not-on-duty incidents.
Qualified Line-Of-Duty first responders are entitled to 65%-75% of their salary.
Qualified Not-On-Duty first respnders are entitled to 50% of their salary.
Injured first responders who collect benefits are still able to seek employment without disrupting their pension.
Qualifying for a pension requires the injured police officer or firefighter to submit a formal application with the pension board. The board will conduct a hearing and make a determination as to whether the employee qualifies for the line-of-duty pension or not-on-duty pension.
The pension board will decide whether the employee is qualified as disabled, and if it occured because of job duties. The injured employee can be represented by counsel for this hearing. For suburban and down state employees, the injured employee must qualify for certain elements. The injured employee must be
Due to the complexity of this process, it is extremely important to contact a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to maximize your potential benefits.
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