The attorneys at the Jones Law Group represent individuals throughout Ohio with all public disability programs inculding OP&F, SERS, STRS & OPERS
OPERS members are eligible for one of two disability programs, the original plan or the revised plan. Employees who had contributions on deposit with OPERS on July 29, 1992, had a one time opportunity to select coverage under one of these programs. All employees hired after July 29, 1992, are covered only under the revised plan.
Disability Under both plans:
- A member must have at least 5 years of contributing service credit unless they are covered under the law enforcement division and become disabled due to an on-duty illness or injury.
- The member must go off the payroll because of a presumably permanent disabling condition, either mental or physical, which prevents the member from performing their current job duties. A disability benefit cannot be given due to a temporary illness or temporary disability. The disability does not have to have occurred on the job; a majority of the persons receiving a OPERS disability benefit became disabled as the result of a disease or an “off-the-job” accident.
- No more than two years have passed since contributing service has terminated, unless at the end of the two-year period the member was disabled and unable to file an application.
- The member is not receiving an age and service retirement benefit. Under the original plan, a member must file a disability application before age 60; under the revised plan, they may apply at any age.
The attorneys at the Jones Law Group can help you navigate the OPERS & STRS complex requirements, file your claim, and appeal denials. There are no fees unless your claim for disability is approved.
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