Our experienced Orange County OCERS attorneys are frequently asked the following questions about OCERS disability retirement. Below are general answers.
However, the best way to understand how OCERS Disability Retirement laws, rules and regulations apply in your specific case is to call one of our OCERs attorneys.
How long does the OCERs disability retirement process take?
The processing time for an OCERS disability retirement claims will depend upon the complexity of the case. The OCERS disability retirement process can take from 9 to 12 months – and even longer if there are mistakes or delays.
One way to speed up the process, is to hire an experienced OCERS disability retirement attorney, who will ensure that all of the proper forms and required medical documentation is filed in a timely manner.
Where can I get an OCERS disability retirement application?
You may request an disability retirement application by calling the OCERs Disability Section at (714) 558-6200 during regular business hours.
Or you can call our office and speak to an OCERS disability retirement attorney who will help you file your claim.
Are there different types of OCERS Disability Retirement?
Yes, there are actually two types of OCERS disability retirement benefits: Non-Service Connected Disability Retirement and Service Connected Disability Retirement.
What’s the difference between the 2 types of OCERS Disability Retirement?
An OCERS employee is eligible for a Non-Service Connected Disability Retirement for disability that is not due to a job-related illness or injury. The employee must have five or more years of Service Credit.
An OCERS employee is eligible for Service Connected Disability Retirement allowance if the incapacity arose out of, and in the course of their employment, and such employment contributed substantially to their being incapacitated. There is no minimum service requirement to qualify for this type of disability retirement.
Who Decides if an OCERS Disability Retirement Applicant is Disabled?
The Board of Retirement decides whether an application for disability retirement is granted or denied. There will be a Board Meeting at which the applicant and/or their attorney may appear to speak for 3 minutes in support of the application. All medical evidence should have been submitted prior to the Board Meeting.
Having an attorney can help greatly in stating your case effectively to the Board – and will also ensure that all necessary medical documentation has been submitted.
What if I am Denied OCERS Disability Retirement Benefits?
OCERS Disability Retirement who are denied benefits, and/or who disagree with any portion of the Board’s decision have the right to
request an administrative hearing, in writing, within 90 days of the Board’s decision.
If your OCERS Disability Retirement claim has been denied, you have a much greater chance of winning during the administrative hearing if you hire an experienced OCERS Disability Retirement attorney representing you.
Our OCERS Disability Retirement Attorneys Can Help
Cantrell Green is one of very few Orange County law firms that are highly specialized in Public Employees Disability Retirement. Our attorneys have filed hundreds of successful disability retirement applications and appeals andhave obtained millions of dollars in disability retirement benefits for our clients.
Our attorneys can help disabled public employees obtain their disability retirement benefits from any public employee retirement system in Orange County or Southern California. If you are an injured police officer, firefighter, teacher, administrator or other public employee, who is applying for or appealing disability retirement benefits, call us today.
Free Consultation with an OCERS Disability Retirement Attorney: 800-964-8047
This article applies to members of Orange County Employees’ Retirement System (OCERS); and does not reflect the rules, laws or regulations governing how other public retirement systems are administered. If you have question about another public employee retirement system, find your system, below – or call our office at: 562-622-4800
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