Public Safety / First Responder
Disability Pension Hearings for Illinois Police and Firefighters
Police officers and firefighters who are injured on the job or become ill as a result of their job duties may be eligible for a disability pension if they are unable to perform their full work duties. Our attorneys have years of experience navigating the complex disability pension system governed by the Illinois Pension Code and are knowledgeable about the criteria needed to obtain a favorable result for disabled police officers and firefighters.
Under Illinois law, the Public Employee Disability Act (PEDA) provides that an injured police officer or firefighter receives continuation of their full wages without deduction for other personal benefits such as vacation time, compensatory time or sick leave. These benefits are payable for up to one year in connection with the work-related injury. Because of the interplay with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, it is important to speak with an attorney who understands the complexity and nuances of this important benefit.
Police officers, firefighters, and paramedics put their lives on the line every day to help keep our communities safe. If in the course of their job duties, a police officer, firefighter or paramedic suffers a catastrophic injury or illness (line of duty disability), he or she may be entitled to benefits under the Illinois Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (PSEBA). These benefits may include health insurance benefits for the injured employee, their spouse, and dependent children. Speak to one of our knowledgeable attorneys to discuss your specific circumstances and to discuss how you may be eligible to obtain benefits under PSEBA.