I applied for duty disability benefits, but I was awarded regular disability benefits. Can I appeal?

Yes! You have a very limited window of time within which to appeal PERA’s determination, so it’s critical that you act quickly. It is common for PERA to award a regular disability benefit if there is insufficient evidence submitted to support that an individual’s disability meets the duty disability criteria. We are happy to provide a consultation to determine whether your claim meets the duty disability criteria. PERA frequently reverses its initial determination after the submission of additional evidence supporting your application or after a contested hearing before an administrative law judge.

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