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State of Maryland Disability Retirement Benefits: The Importance of the “Statement of Disability” (Form 20)

Dec 6, 2013 | Disability Law, MD State Retirement System

Applying for Ordinary or Accidental Disability Retirement benefits from the State of Maryland can be a confusing and burdensome process. Applicants are required to complete several forms, the most important of which is Form 20, known as the Statement of Disability. The Statement of Disability is a critical part of the application process and deserves your time and attention in order to create the strongest disability application possible.

The Disability Application

The Statement of Disability, in particular questions one and two, require the applicant to both describe their disabling medical condition and to explain why that condition prevents them from working. While the form itself provides limited space to answer these questions, a longer narrative statement is often more helpful. Your answers to these questions should include:

  • A more detailed description of your diagnoses;
  • Your symptoms ;
  • And your physical or emotional functional impairments that prevent you from performing duties specific to your job or even attending work.

At Andalman & Flynn, we work with our clients to craft the most effective and compelling Statements of Disability to improve their chances of a successful application and an award of disability retirement benefits. If you have any questions about the Statement of Disability or need help applying, please complete an online contact form on our website and we’ll contact you for a consultation concerning your situation.

We have significant experience representing clients seeking disability benefits. For more information and how you may be impacted, contact one of our Disability Benefits attorneys, Elliott Andalman and  Peter Casciano.