State of Maryland and County Disability Retirement Benefits (SRA)
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The Maryland State Retirement System (SRS) provides eligible employees with a disability retirement annuity, as well as continued health insurance coverage, in the unfortunate event that serious injury or illness permanently prevents an employee from performing their job duties. Eligible employees include those employed by state agencies, public school teachers and public school administrators. To show eligibility, an employee must meet both length of service requirements and provide adequate proof of disability. If you need help filing for teacher and state disability retirement in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, the disability lawyers at Andalman & Flynn are here to help.
How are state of Maryland Disability Retirement System benefits determined?
Generally, to be considered disabled under SRS, an applicant must establish that he or she is permanently unable to perform the duties of their job, not that they are totally disabled from performing any job. The state of Maryland provides benefits for two types of disability retirements:
- Ordinary disability covers a permanently disabling medical condition.
- Accidental disability applies to a permanently disabling medical condition resulting from injuries sustained from an accident that occurred on the job.
All disability claims are evaluated by the SRS’s Medical Board, which comprises a group of physicians with a wide array of medical specialties. Although an application for a disability retirement annuity may be submitted while the employee is still working and within four years of the date of separation (three years for members in a non-contributory pension system), SRS may only award benefits dating back to the date the application is filed. Generally, the disability application process moves quickly and decisions are often issued within 90 days. However, if additional information is needed or benefits are denied and an appeal is filed, the process can take much longer.
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It’s crucial that you allow yourself sufficient time to make informed decisions about your disability retirement and meet the various filing deadlines. Contacting experienced disability attorneys like those at Andalman & Flynn prior to filing your application can greatly improve your chances for success and a smooth transition from work to a disability annuity. We can assist in completing and processing your application and in obtaining the medical and vocational evidence necessary to prove your disability claim. We’ve been helping residents of Maryland like you with state disability retirement benefits since 1998. You can depend on our team to fight diligently on your behalf throughout the entire legal process.
Living with a disability can be difficult, but getting the payments you’re entitled to shouldn’t be. At Andalman & Flynn, we’ll do our best to make your life a little easier by getting the disability benefits you deserve. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation.