The Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) provides retirement and disability benefits for public employees in the state of Minnesota including police officers, firefighters, and corrections officers. A police officer, firefighter, or corrections officer who suffers a disabling injury in the line of duty may be eligible for PERA duty disability benefits.
PERA’s duty disability requirements are complex, and the application process can be difficult. Even after securing approval for PERA duty disability benefits, coordinating those benefits with workers’ compensation is also challenging. Making a mistake during the application process, applying for the wrong type of benefit, missing a timing deadline, or coordinating PERA improperly with workers’ compensation can cost a disabled police officer, firefighter or corrections officer tens of thousands of dollars.