Helping You Navigate Disability Pensions As A Public Employee
As a public employee, you have given your life to serving others. To that end, you need to know that you will get the help you need should you suffer a disabling work injury. Regardless of whether your disability was a direct result of a workplace accident, you are still entitled to benefits.
Here at McGuire & McGuire, P.C., we have helped countless public servants like yourself locate the benefits to which they are entitled. Let us help you next.
The Pension Programs You Are Eligible For
Under normal circumstances, those with disabilities would qualify for benefits through Medicaid. Civil servants, however, do not. Instead, those who work in the public sector in Massachusetts may seek benefits through a public pension. Depending on the circumstances, a public employee may be entitled to either the Accidental Disability Retirement (ADR) program or the Ordinary Disability Retirement (ODR) program.
To be eligible for ADR, you must meet specific criteria, such as:
- Your injury occurred while you were performing the duties of your job
- The injury you suffered no longer allows you to carry out the essential functions of your work
- You have not reached the maximum age for the public service group to which you belong
- You were a member-in-service at the time of your injury
Public service members who were not injured on the job or do not meet the eligibility requirements for ADR benefits may still apply for ODR.
Still Not Sure Which One Is Right For You?
If you are unsure which public disability pension program you qualify for, let us help you explore your options. Work with our legal team to get a better understanding of the system and how it applies to your unique situation.