Fire & Police Disability Benefit Claims
Black & Jones Attorneys at Law proudly support those who serve as emergency responders in the Greater Rockford and Northern Illinois areas. These heroes sacrifice themselves every day to help others and we are honored to be able to help them when they suffer from a disabling medical condition.
First responders are exposed to dangers that most employees in Illinois never have to face. Whether they are injured in a specific traumatic accident or suffer from a medical condition resulting from their daily job duties, they are entitled to benefits.
Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (PSEBA)
The Public Safety Employee Benefits Act is an Illinois law that mandates employer-funded health insurance for first responders who are injured or killed in the line of duty. If you are awarded a line of duty disability pension, this law may entitle you and your family to health insurance.
The insurance companies aren’t thinking about your best interests. So, get in touch with us first. We’ll explain your options and ensure you’re taking all the right steps.
Notifying Your Employer
Most law professionals recommend you notify your employer immediately after you get injured—or whenever you realize a link between your condition and your work. This can be as simple as mentioning you have pain or need to see a doctor.
Filing Your Claim
Qualified police officers and firefighters must go through a formal application process with their pension board. From there, the board will conduct a hearing to determine your eligibility. Benefits may be payable under the Public Employee Disability Act (PEDA), Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, the Illinois Disability Pension Code and Public Safety Employee Benefits Act. The law can be confusing and the process complicated. Reach out to a knowledgeable firm dedicated to helping first responders like Black & Jones Attorneys at Law.
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