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Firefighter Injuries

For firefighters, a disability which results from an act On-Duty provides significant benefits. Firefighters employed outside of Chicago, a Line-Of-Duty Disability Pension qualifies them to receive benefits. Firefighters outside of Chicago will amount to 65% of their salary. Those employed in Chicago are entitled to 75% of their salaries while injured in the Line-Of-Duty.

Qualifying for a Line-Of-Duty Pension requires the injured firefighter to submit a formal application with the pension board. The pension board will conduct a hearing and make a determination as to whether the employee qualifies for the Line-Of-Duty Pension. They will also decide whether the employee is qualified as disabled, and whether it was the result of an act of duty. 

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For Injuries In The Line of Duty

The Public Employees Disability Act (PEDA) is an Illinois law which provides financial protection for firefighters who suffer the misfortune of being injured in the line of duty.

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Qualified Line-Of-Duty firefighters are entitled to 65%-75% of their salary.

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The Line-Of-Duty benefits are contemplated by the IRS, and thus should be tax-free benefits.

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Injured firefighters who collect benefits are still able to seek employment without disrupting their pension.

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Firefighter Line of duty deaths

The Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (PSEBA) is an Illinois law that provides a lifetime of employer funded insurance benefits for firefighters that are injured or killed in the Line-Of-Duty.

This benefit is also provided for the injured or deceased employee’s spouse and any dependent children. In order to qualify, the catastrophic injury must have occurred under one of the following circumstances:

 

  1. the officer’s response to fresh pursuit;
  2. the officer’s response to what is reasonably believed to be an emergency;
  3. an unlawful act perpetrated by another;
  4. during the investigation of a criminal act;
  5. training exercises may qualify as an emergency situation.
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Illinois Firefighter Benefits

Firefighter Benefits For

Workers’ Compensation

Firefighters who qualify for Workers’ Compensation are entitled to payment of medical expenses and payment of temporary disability benefits.

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Payment of Medical Expenses

Medical expenses which are reasonable and related to the employee’s work injury.

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Payment of Appropriate Sum

Permanent impairment resulting from the work injury will result in appropriate payment.

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Total Temporary Disability Benefits

Payment of total temporary disability benefits (TTD) for the entire time the injured employee is unable to work due to the work injury. (These payments are 2/3 of the employee’s average weekly wage tax free.)

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IL Workers’ Compensation Act

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act (IWCA) is a law which provides befits to just about all workers in Illinois who suffer injuries. The injuries must arise out of and occur in the course of their employment.

Disability, Pensions & Employee  Benefits

Most firefighters in Illinois who suffer a work-related injury are entitled to apply for and receive benefits pursuant to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. This act includes payment of medical expenses, and payment of temporary disability benefits while recovering from their injury. There is also an appropriate award for permanent impairment as a result of the injury.

Pensions & Disability Pensions

The Illinois Pension Code contains special provisions providing benefits to firefighters who have become disabled and can no longer perform their professional duties. The Code contains provisions providing benefits for both disabilities which result from line-of-duty incidents, as well as not-on-duty incidents.

On-Duty & Off-Duty

Both On-Duty and Off-Duty firefighters qualify to receive benefits from the Illinois Pension Code. Firefighters injured in the Line-Of-Duty are entitled to 65%-75% of their salaries, while firefighters injured Not-On-Duty are entitled to 50% of their salaries.

Public Safety Employee Benefits

The Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (PSEBA) is an Illinois law that provides a lifetime of employer funded insurance benefits for firefighters that are injured or killed in the line-of-duty.

Public Employees Disability Act

The Public Employees Disability Act (PEDA) is an Illinois law which provides financial protection for firefighters who suffer the misfortune of being injured in the line of duty. These benefits last for one full year.

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