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
- 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, contact the disability lawyers at Andalman & Flynn today.
Determining State Disability Retirement Benefits
Generally, to be considered “disabled” under SRS, an applicant must establish that they are permanently unable to perform the duties of their job, not that they are totally disabled from performing any job. Similarly, to prove “permanent” disability, the applicant must show that the disability is expected to last at least one year, not forever.
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 denied and an appeal filed, the process can take much longer.
How Our Disability Lawyers Can Help You in Maryland
It is important that you allow yourself sufficient time to make informed decisions about your disability retirement and meet the various filing deadlines. Contacting an experienced disability attorney prior to filing your application can improve your chances for success and a smooth transition from work to a disability annuity. An experienced disability attorney can assist in completing and processing your application, and in obtaining medical and vocational evidence necessary to prove your disability claim. We’ve been helping residents of Maryland, like yourself, with state disability retirement benefits since 1998. You can depend on our team to fight diligently throughout the entire legal process.
If you wish to speak with Andalman & Flynn about State Disability Retirement benefits, you can contact our office for a free disability consultation by calling (301) 563-6685, or toll-free at 1-888-558-7871. You also have the option to contact us online and one of our trained professionals will get back to you to discuss your claim and see what we can do to help!