The Columbus, Ohio, attorneys at Cloppert, Latanick, Sauter & Washburn are well versed in problems that can arise regarding retirement benefit systems for Ohio public employees. Issues with these systems often arise in the areas of service credit calculations or disability benefits, and, when members of these systems find themselves with such issues, our firm can help.
Ohio public employees have benefits through a number of retirement systems, including:
- State Teachers Retirement System (STRS)
- School Employees Retirement System (SERS)
- Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS)
- Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund (OP&F)
For a public employee who has dedicated his or her life to public service, becoming disabled is not only harmful to the employee’s financial well-being, but is especially devastating because these types of careers provide a sense of accomplishment often lacking in other jobs. As a result, when such a career is no longer possible due to a disability, employees may face a personal and devastating crisis.
When a member of one of the Ohio public employee retirement systems becomes physically or mentally incapacitated, disability benefits may be available. However, the process of applying for disability benefits is often confusing and disheartening, especially if the application for benefits is initially denied.
Cloppert, Latanick, Sauter & Washburn has represented members of the Ohio public employee retirement systems for many years, and our attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced in negotiating the labyrinth of rules and regulations comprising the disability process.
Similarly, our attorneys have in-depth knowledge of the statutes and administrative codes governing service credit and service retirement. If members are disputing a system’s calculation of service credit, our knowledge and experience will assist them in obtaining all of the service credit to which they are entitled.
If you are a member of one of Ohio’s public employee retirement systems and need legal assistance in navigating the retirement system, contact Cloppert, Latanick, Sauter & Washburn today for an initial case consultation.