Injured, Ill, or Disabled? No Longer Able to Perform the Duties of Your Position?

The state and city provide retirement disability benefits to public employees who are unable to perform their job duties because of an accident, illness, or other disability. Whatever the cause, if you are no longer able to work, you may qualify to receive a disability pension. Markhoff & Mittman has been winning retirement disability benefits for police officers, firefighters, teachers, office workers, and other civil service workers since 1933. Disability law is all we do—you can count on us to fight hard for you and your family.

You’ll Have an “Insider” on Your Side

At Markhoff & Mittman, your case will be handled by a former assistant of the New York City Corporate Pension Department. You’ll have the benefit of having someone on your side who has seen the system from the inside, someone who knows what can make or break your case, someone who knows exactly what the state and city retirement systems are looking for when cases are reviewed.

Getting retirement disability benefits isn’t easy. No one will take your word—and often not even that of your doctor’s. You must not only obtain substantial evidence but the right kind of medical evidence. We know the best way to effectively develop and present your medical evidence so that you win your case.

A number of programs provide civil service benefits. Depending on where you work or worked, you’ll file with one of the following:

  • New York State and Local Retirement System
  • New York Teachers’ Retirement System
  • New York Police and Firefighters’ Retirement System
  • New York City Retirement System

Each of these programs has its own complexities and requirements regarding length of service, how the injury occurred, proof, and filing deadlines. What’s more, you might also be eligible for disability benefits from the New York State workers’ compensation program or Social Security. At this difficult time, you should be taking care of yourself. Leave the worrying to us. Rest assured that we will protect your rights to all immediate and long-term benefits to which you may be entitled. Please contact Markhoff & Mittman today. Call 855-614-4351 toll-free or 866-205-2415.

Best Chance to Win—Right at the Start

Most errors made by people applying for any type of disability benefits occur in the initial application process. That’s because they haven’t sought legal help yet, figuring they’ll save money and file the initial paperwork on their own. What an expensive mistake! Although the forms for city and state retirement disability benefits look simple, specific types of information are required, and even a well-meaning doctor can easily lose your case for you.

We have handled thousands of New York City and State retirement disability benefits case. From the initial application through any necessary appeals, we work hard to ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve.

New York City Employee Retirement System (NYCERS)—The type of disability pension for which you are eligible is determined by the date you joined NYCERS, the job you held, and how you were injured. NYCERS classifies New York City employees into tiers to determine benefits. Follow these links to see whether you are classified as a tier 1, tier 2, tier 3, or tier 4 employee.

The New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System and the Police and Fire Retirement System—You are assigned a tier when you join the retirement system, which determines your eligibility for benefits and the formula used to calculate benefits. It’s important to note there are two types of applications for retirement disability benefits under the New York State system: Article 14 ordinary disability benefits and Article 15 disability benefits, which are generally for employees who have been on medical leave or who have been receiving workers’ compensation. We can determine which type of retirement disability you fall under. You must file an Article 15 Disability Retirement Application (RS6340) within 90 days of receiving a paycheck or 12 months after termination.

When you submit a claim to the city and state retirement disability systems, their reviewers, not your doctor, will decide whether you are disabled. An experienced lawyer can help tip the scales of justice your way. Markhoff and Mittman knows what it takes to get the job done: from gathering medical evidence, to filing your initial claim, to reviewing other types of benefits to which you may be due, to requesting an administrative hearing should your claim be denied, and representing you at the hearing. Our experience is proven—we have won disability pensions for thousands of city and state employees.

Markhoff & Mittman is dedicated to helping disabled New York City and New York State employees obtain retirement disability benefits. If you live anywhere in New York City area including White Plains, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester, and Yonkers, and need the assistance of a law firm that concentrates on New York City and State Retirement Disability cases, please contact Markhoff & Mittman.

We Will Help You Prove You Deserve Benefits—Call Us Today

Call 855-614-4351 toll-free or 866-205-2415.


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