Representing Injured and Disabled Workers Columbus Workers' Compensation and Disability Retirement Attorneys

Continuing Eligibility for Ohio Police & Firefighters

Legal Representation from Our Columbus Worker Comp Attorneys

The Ohio Police & Fire Disability Pension Fund retains continuing jurisdiction to modify disability determinations. After the initial disability grant, subsequent circumstances may warrant a modification or termination of benefits. Below is a summary of some continuing eligibility considerations of which you should be aware.

Continuing Eligibility Consideration

When you have received disability benefits, the Ohio Police & Fire Pension fund ("Police & Fire") has found you to be unable to work at police or fire employment or any type of similar employment. Under Ohio Revised Code 742.40(C), if you are receiving disability benefits, Police & Fire may terminate your benefits if one of their physicians certifies you as having recovered, or if you return to work as a police officer or firefighter.

Annual Reporting

By September 1st of each year, you must submit an annual earnings statement to Police & Fire, reporting your earned income for the previous calendar year. Also, Police & Fire will conduct an annual medical evaluation of any member who would not have been eligible for a normal service retirement pension at the end of the reporting year. Police & Fire's Board of Trustees may waive these requirements if their physician has certified your disability is ongoing and that the disabling conditions meet the policy established by the Board of Trustees. Still, the Board reserves the right to order you to undergo a medical evaluation at any time.

Improvement in Earning Capacity

If you are receiving disability benefits, Police & Fire may reduce or terminate your benefits if you have experienced an improvement in your earning capacity. If Police & Fire terminates your disability benefits, you may still receive a retirement pension if you had sufficient service credits at retirement, and if you satisfy all other conditions for service retirement.

Recovery from Disability or Return to Police & Fire Work

If you have recovered and are able to return to your official police or fire duties, or you become employed as a police officer or firefighter, your disability benefits will end. If Police & Fire terminates your disability benefits, you may still receive a retirement pension if you had sufficient service credits at retirement, and if you satisfy all other conditions for service retirement.

Reinstatement to Police & Fire Covered Employment

Under Ohio Revised Code 742.40(C)(1), Police & Fire considers you to be on a "leave of absence" during the first five (5) years after you have resigned to receive a disability retirement benefit. If you recover and your disability benefits are terminated during this five-year time period, your employer at the time of your disability award, at your request, must reinstate you, subject to certain restrictions. If mutually agreeable to both you and a Police & Fire covered employer, you could be reinstated at any time. In either event, your disability benefit terminates, your active membership is reestablished with Police & Fire, you are given a service credit equal to the period of compensated disability, and your contributions are reduced by the total amount of disability benefits paid to you.

The above information is intended solely as an overview. It is advisable to contact an Columbus disability lawyer to assess the merits of your individual claim. Please call us at (614) 344-6822 to discuss the specifics of your case.

Meet Your Dedicated Team

Representing Employees All Throughout Ohio
  • Charles Zamora
  • Abbie S. Hogan
  • Charles Zamora Charles Zamora

    Attorney

    Charles Zamora studied political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and law at the University of Akron, where ...
    Charles  Zamora Photo
  • Abbie S. Hogan Abbie S. Hogan

    Attorney

    Abbie Hogan joined Charles Zamora Co. L.P.A. as an Associate Attorney in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, she spent ...
    Abbie S. Hogan Photo

Why Hire Our Attorneys?

We Pursue All Benefits You Are Entitled Under the Law
  • Rated 5 Stars by Our Clients and Peers
  • Free Consultations for Workers' Comp Cases
  • AV® Rated "Preeminent" in Legal Skill and Ethics
  • Included in List of Super Lawyers® Since 2006
  • Certified Specialist in Workman’s Compensation
  • Over 30 Years' Legal Experience on Your Side

Real People. Real Stories. 

  • “I have had Chuck Zamora and his crew for over 5 years due to a simple fall down some stairs but due to the Ohio workers comp system my injury has deteriorated to nerve damage and R.S.D, its a pain ...”

    - Ken J.
  • “True class act! Absolutely the best. Truely cares about clients. Goes above and beyond be help clients. Mr. Zamora ans all his staff are by far the best group in Ohio. Highly recommended.”

    - Rick T.
  • “Very professional, goes above and beyond for his clients. Would highly recommend to family and friends.”

    - Trish R.
  • “I have the pleasure of having the law office and services of Mr. Charles Zamora and his very efficient and capable staff representing me in my workers' compensation case. In the very beginning I was ...”

    - Joseph N.
  • “I have been with Chuck Zamora in excess of 10 years and can't say enough about him. I never have a fear when it comes to fighting with BWC as I know Chuck is extremely knowledgeable and knows how to ...”

    - Ned B.
/