CalPERS Disability Retirement Facts
CalPERS is the nation’s largest public pension fund, with 1.8 million members and more than 3,00 employers including the State of California. CalPERS membership includes: 873,026 active members; 648,645 retirees; 337,883 state members; 705,946 school members; and, 575,138 public agency members. More than 20 Billion dollars is paid out in public employee retirement benefits by CalPERS to eligible retirees.
There are actually three separate means by which a CalPERS member can qualify for their retirement benefits: Service Retirement, Disability Retirement & Industrial Disability Retirement. Service Retirement is based strictly on years of service. However, Disability Retirement & Industrial Disability Retirement may be collected prior to full retirement age IF the employee proves that he or she is unable to work due to a disability.
Unfortunately, because of the large amount of money at stake, CalPERS will often question or deny Disability Retirement Benefits. This can be devastating to a disabled public employee who has devoted their career to public service – only to be denied their hard-earned retirement benefits.
Our experienced CalPERS attorney have assisted hundreds of injured, ill or disabled teachers, police officers, administrators, transportation & airport workers, firefighters, corrections personnel and other public employees collect the maximum Disability Retirement Benefits for which they qualify.